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New York Mets: Five important lessons we learned in 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets celebrates with Michael Conforto #30 after hitting a two-run home run to center field in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on September 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets celebrates with Michael Conforto #30 after hitting a two-run home run to center field in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on September 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 28: Keith Hernandez #17 of the 1986 New York Mets greets the fans as he walks the red carpet before the game between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on May 28, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The New York Mets are honoring the 30th anniversary of the 1986 championship season. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

We all learned a little something new about baseball and the New York Mets in 2019. These are five of those lessons.

Whether we realized it or not, we learned a lot watching the 2019 New York Mets. The players, front office, broadcast crew, and even the fans all had a part in making it an educational season.

Yeah, it wasn’t exactly algebra or physics we learned much about. Although, in baseball, there definitely are plenty of important numbers to take note of. Thanks to Pete Alonso, we can all count up to 53.

As we put a bow on the 2019 season, we asked some of the Rising Apple writers to share what they learned about the Mets this year. We tried to keep it positive so don’t expect the word “bullpen” to come up too many times.

Gary, Keith, and Ron are the best – Kayla Rinn

The title statement was made especially clear by the abundance of fans who desperately searched through social media attempting to find their Pete Alonso 53rd home run call. After realizing the game was solely broadcast on Fox, fans watched the video clip over and over only to be disappointed by a foreign voice.

Fans even went as far as questioning if the achievement really happened if the big three were not there to call it. Gary, Keith, and Ron bring excitement, energy, and fun to the booth that just cannot be replicated by any announcer. Hearing Gary Cohen cry “it’s outta here” is a sound that will forever stick with me and is something I wish I heard when Alonso made history. His Bartolo Colon home run call, “Bartolo has done it, the impossible has happened” is forever etched in my memory and will always be one of the greatest calls of 2016, epic voice crack and all.

Gary, Keith, and Ron constantly find ways to entertain fans throughout the games. From unconventional phrases, “it’s Juan Lagares day at Citi Field”, to the antics of Gary and Keith which never fail to include a loving “Gare” in their banter. Not to mention all of the incredibly hype calls that make plays even more thrilling to watch.

The amount of love Mets fans have for these three became increasingly clear by the outpouring of support given to Ron as he battled cancer, fans anxiously awaiting his return.

Gary, Keith, and Ron will forever have a special place in our hearts even long after they leave the SNY booth. To Mets fans, they will always be the best in the business.

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