Gare refers to Shane Bieber as “Justin Bieber”
Shane Bieber had quite the year pitching for the Cleveland Indians, leading all of MLB in wins, ERA, and strikeouts and storming his way to what could be a unanimous victory in the AL Cy Young race. One thing he did not do, however, was become a multi-platinum recording artist.
In a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 7, Cohen delivered a game break that, at first, was quite innocuous. He was simply recounting Bieber’s start from that day, which lowered his ERA to 1.25.
Only, whose ERA was it, exactly?
Cohen was completely unaware that he had referred to Shane Bieber as “Justin Bieber” until a couple of minutes later when he admitted his mistake and Hernandez dissolved into giggles. The mistake blew up on Mets twitter and was even featured on that night’s SportsCenter.
Cohen, of course, has a great sense of humor and laughed it off along with the rest of us laughing on our couches at home. Even a segment as seemingly harmless as an out-of-town game break turned into a thoroughly entertaining moment of the Mets broadcast.
As Cohen, Hernandez, Darling, and Gelbs often reiterate, Mets fans just never know what their booth will say or do next. There is never a dull moment of any Mets game, no matter how lopsided the score. Right after the Mets were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday, September 26, my first thought was, “Well, I may as well tune into game 2 of the doubleheader to see what the booth does.”
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During the long offseason, Mets fans will miss seeing Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, and the like taking the field every day. We’ll miss hearing Gary, Keith, Ron, and Steve over the SNY airwaves just as much. Once again in 2020, they proved that they are the best booth in major league baseball.