Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, and Gary Cohen are welcomed into the homes of New York Mets fans daily from the start of the baseball season and until the very end. On the radio side of things, if you’re a multi-tasker like me who moves around a lot, you might be more likely to tune in for Wayne Randazzo and Howie Rose.
Rose has been gone for several games now following surgery. This hasn’t stopped him from following the Mets. Like many, he is being tortured by the national broadcasts. Rose took some action against it, mocking just how bad these broadcasts are at times with some of the simplest things including this piece of fake news that dropped during Saturday’s game:
Howie went soft on them. An angrier person with more time on their hands might start a list to show how bad these national broadcasts can be.
The torture for Mets fans has been two weekends straight
The occasional national broadcast is necessary. Last weekend, on September 11th, I think it was absolutely necessary to put the game on for people everywhere to see. That night was bigger than just baseball. The bigger the audience, the better.
But there’s a cumulative effect building up. The Mets played the next night on ESPN only to follow it up with another FOX broadcast yesterday and you guessed it—a second straight Sunday Night Baseball appearance.
It doesn’t really matter which fan base you’re from. Fans want to hear games called by the crews they are familiar with. More importantly, they want announcers who are familiar with their team.
This was the main issue in the Saturday Mets game where Jeff McNeil and Dominic Smith were proclaimed free agents after this season is over. A slip of the tongue or an error by the graphics department could always happen. Nobody is perfect. However, if this was a game provided by the hometown announcers, someone would have caught the mistake. Maybe it ends up with a great line by Keith.
It’s at the guys and gals at FOX or ESPN’s responsibility to know every detail about the teams they cover that one night. They need help and support. Somewhere along the lines, a couple of checks and balances blew this one.
The bigger complaint: baseball is over for the Mets in two weeks. Every moment of GKR matters before they go into hibernation in their hyperbaric chamber for the winter. These were two of the final weekends fans got to spend with them. It’s a shame we had so many stolen.
With the way games are now available to people everywhere, the national broadcast has become useless. It absolutely sucks that we still have to suffer through them with no option to hear our preferred announcers.
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On the plus side, the last two weekends have reintroduced everyone to the mute button on their remotes. Hello, old friend.