Let's start this week's recap with some Ralph Kiner.
Sunday, May 8th
The legendary Hall of Famer made a Sunday visit to the booth:
The man is 88 years-old and still sharp as a razor. Some Kiner gems:
Ralph Kiner: You've gotta change the script, I don't like the script.
Gary Cohen: What's wrong with the script?
Ralph Kiner: Well the script should be the Mets win every day.
- Ralph Kiner: When I played, when [managers] talked to you, it was ‘you're going back to the minors son'.
- Ralph Kiner: [Loney] had some terrible swings in the first two games of this series. Makes you say ‘this guy is a major league hitter?' Maybe he has the answer of how to get a base hit off a knuckleballer -- have a terrible swing.
Ralph Kiner: Ike was #5 in slugging percentage in baseball when this game started. Slugging is compiled by total bases. A single is one, a double is two, a triple is three and a home run is four. And then divided by official at-bats.
Gary Cohen: What's the new one now?
Ralph Kiner: It's on base percentage and slugging -- OPS.
: Is that a little overkill?
Ralph Kiner: And that's a really good stat because it tells the truth about a batter's real proficiency.
Ralph Kiner: True SABR?
Tuesday, May 10th
Seriously though, no more collisions please. Communicate.
How is it acceptable that Barney the purple dinosaur stands behind home plate distracting visiting pitchers at Coors Field?:
A fan greeted Jason Giambi with a mile high salute. Fine by me:
Thursday, May 12th
An obnoxious fan in Colorado took to screaming "swing!" during every pitch to Carlos Beltran. It dominated the broadcast for a bit. Here is our offender blowing a snot rocket/screaming at our man Voltron:
Gary Cohen: When there's a small crowd and there's a heckler you can certainly hear him.
Beltran shut the guy up by doing this:
That's home run number two of three on the day. Screw the haterz. May 12th, 2011 -- Carlos Beltran Day.
Friday, May 13th
Let's check in with Kevin! Kevin spoke with an astronaut Friday night in Houston because why the hell not?
Topics covered included:
- The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer
- Unlocking secrets of the universe
Basically the top three topics on every Met fan's mind. This has been this week's installment of "Let's Check In With Kevin!"
The now-famous Spiderman fan escape occurred Friday night in the bottom of the ninth inning. In case you haven't seen it, here it is:
The Angels were so impressed by this one display of athleticism that they offered the fan a 5-year, $50 million contract. Gary Cohen was not impressed:
Gary Cohen: Well this doesn't do anybody any good. It's 3-and-2, 2 out, last of the 9th, tying run at the plate, and the tension gets broken by some fool.
Respectfully disagree, Gary.
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