Mets broadcast moment #6: Keith Hernandez’s Alarm Clock
“Goooooooooood morning! Rise and shine! I know what you’re thinking, who does this guy think he is? I’m Keith Hernandez, and I hope you have a great day, pretty boy.”
How would you like to wake up to that every morning?!
One of the SNY camera guys was at a flea market and found the alarm clock. It was a Brooklyn Cyclones giveaway in 2018.
“Have you listened to the alarm,” Keith asked. “You should set the alarm when we have a day game to wake up. It’ll blow you away.”
Keith then started imitating the recording, making Gary and Ron laugh.
“I have a case of those at home, if you guys want one,” Keith said.
There are a couple of these available on eBay, if you’d like to be woken up by Keith every day.
Watch the whole story below.
Mets broadcast moment #5: The Unhittable Pitch Desk Pound
If there’s one thing you never want to say in front of Keith, it’s that a pitch is unhittable.
After a strikeout, Ron was asking Keith if it irritated him after he struck out and then teammates would ask him what pitch was thrown. Ron followed by provocatively saying “unhittable curveball.”
Keith responded by pounding the desk and adamantly saying “Nothing is unhittable! If [a hitter] stays in the strike zone, nothing is unhittable.”
Gary responded “Ronny, you provoked [Keith] into the desk pound!” to which Ron replied “I’m pushing his buttons, and he knows it.” Ron followed that with an anecdote from a conversation with Keith and Ryne Sandberg, where Ron explained to them that a pitcher had an almost unhittable breaking pitch. Keith and Sandberg turned to him and incredulously said, “What? What are you talking about? There’s no such thing.”
Keith went on to explain that when you’re facing a pitcher and he drops a hammer on you, you keep it in the back of your mind. Ron then explained that the reason he asked the provocative question that started this conversation, other than just to annoy Keith, was because he figured that hitters must be angry after getting struck out and wouldn’t want to talk about it. Gary asked if talking about it is part of being a good teammate, to which Ron replied “I guess.”
Yes, giving your teammates a scouting report is part of being a good teammate. Something that Keith probably did many, many times.
Watch Keith’s desk pound here.