LAZY FRIDAY AFTERNOON

I guess you can say I’m suffering from spring training burn out as I can not wait for the season to start in 9 days.

 

A must read is Matt Cerrone’s piece on his tour of $iti Field and it looks as if after all the bitching and moaning over the name and price of tickets and all the other minutia that myself and others have spewed all winter we can enjoy the fact that we have a first class ballpark to call our own that will be very different for our Shea experience.

 

I’m curious to know where you guys stand on the new studio team of Chris Carlin and Bobby Ojeda?. For me I’d say it’s a huge upgrade over Snoozeoff and Boardwalk Lee. I like Carlin. I always thought he was a good listen on WFAN and he did a good job covering the New York Football Giants as he has a jolly good personality. As for Bobby-O , he has star potential. I met Ojeda a few years ago when he was the pitching coach in Brooklyn and he knows baseball, is very opinionated and is funny as hell. The post game banter between Ojeda and Mex will be Must See TV mark my words.

 

Speaking of Keith Hernandez, he and Ron Darling will be handling the play by play for tonight’s Mets-Nats game on SNY. No Gary and no Burkhardt. I hope someone has their finger on the dump button.

 

And speaking of Gary Cohen, he has advanced to the Mets Greatest Announcers Championship Round at Amazin’ Avenue’ against Bob Murphy. Talk about your tough decisions. I had to put a lot of thought into whom I was voting for. So I went and did what I always do when I have a big decision to make, I went for a slice of pizza and a Manhattan Special. When I got back to my office, I went to my keyboard and made my choice. I am proud to announce that The Eddie Kranepool Society has backed Gary Cohen and will vote for him as the greatest announcer in Mets history. I think what swayed me was the fact I’m wearing my “It’s Outta Here” t-shirt today.

 

 

 

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  1. If they let Ojeda be his outspoken self he will be fine.

  2. Here’s a few highlights from the 3/22 trouncing of the Braves to help cure your spring training burnout: http://scenefromflorida.com/2009/03/episode-12-play-ball/

  3. David in Manhattan says:

    Steve, my heart goes with Murph, but it is true that Gary Cohen is the better, especially smarter, more lucid, announcer. Plus he is a New Yorker. Good choice.

    Both Murph and Cohen have that ability, unlike the current radio team, to paint the word picture and tell the stories without superfluously, and patronizingly, informing the fans what to conclude.

    Gary might say, “This inning Perez is having a tough time finding the plate”, correct, while the catty, opinionated, favorites-playing Hagan-Rose team loves to tut-tut and say, “This is just totally unacceptable from a Major League pitcher.” And then, when Perez finds the plate after walking three, Gary says, “In there for a strike”, correct, but the current radio team says, “FINALLY he throws a strike.”

    Maybe I am the only one who burns about this stuff, but I think the language used on the radio and tv really matters in how we cultivate the game and the fans.

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