Mets broadcast moment #2: The Ghost of Kevin Burkhardt
Michelle Margaux was making her TV Aux Two debut, filling in for Steve Gelbs. To put Michelle’s nerves at ease, SNY put together an epic montage of Gelbs acting as if he was about to go live on his first broadcast.
The clip starts with Gelbs telling himself “You got this.” twice. He’s very fidgety in his swivel chair. Next, he tries to say “Back to you, Gare,” but his voice cracks and he tells himself to be “strong.”
After tooting his own horn about his admittedly pretty-nice shirt, the next clip is of him gasping for air, sweating, and getting his blood pressure checked. He tries to say “Back to you, Gare,” again but his voice cracks even worse.
“You’re going to be fine. I mean, he’s not a God, he’s a human. I just feel like I can’t get away from this guy,” Gelbs says as a crew member slides a picture of Kevin Burkhardt into the set. Gelbs turns his chair around and exits the frame as the camera zooms in on Kevin’s smiley headshot.
In the next clip, Gelbs is breathing into a paper bag. He then tries to say “Back to you, Gare,” again with his worst voice crack yet. The clip ends with Gelbs’ head in his hands as he gets his blood pressure checked one last time.
“I don’t know how I’m supposed to follow that, guys,” Margaux said.
“You’ve got a long way to go. Enjoy every moment,” Gary said encouragingly. “At least you don’t have [Kevin] looming over your shoulder.”
“I was wondering why Gelbsy was aging like a President. Now I know why,” Ron joked.
Mets broadcast moment #1: The David Palmer Debacle
SNY was showing a newspaper photo of Keith fighting with David Palmer, which led to the funniest moment of the season.
First, some context: Gary Carter hit a home run off of Palmer and pimped it. Palmer didn’t like that, so his response was to drill the next batter, Darryl Strawberry. Strawberry obviously didn’t do anything wrong, so he charged the mound and the benches cleared, leading to a brawl.
Ron and Keith were at the bottom of the pile, with Palmer screaming at Keith. Keith replied, “David, Darryl didn’t do anything. We understand that Kid upset you with [the pimp job]. Hit Kid next time, no one’s going to bother you.”
Gary and Ron exploded with laughter.
“You really said that?” Gary said through giggles.
“I did,” Keith replied. “I was out of that dugout in a heartbeat because I knew Darryl was going to get drilled. Darryl was perfectly innocent. Drill Gary, why Darryl?
“I don’t know if that was a good thing or a bad thing,” Ron said.
“I’m a great teammate,” Keith replied while laughing.
Watch the conversation, with original video overlayed, here.
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The Mets’ broadcast team never fails to entertain. I can’t wait to see what incredible moments they give us in 2022.