TWISNY looks back at the most memorable player and fan hijinks of 2012.
SNY broadcasters didn't get to have all the fun in 2012. Players and fans joined in the action too.
Wednesday, April 11th
Last season we learned that Jason Bay had dreams of being a weatherman:
Unfortunately, it was not to be, and he took a job as a Dick's Sporting Goods kayak salesman instead. He even appears in Dick's television commercials, with an emo haircut and scruffy facial hair:
Bay also works part time for Dunkin' Donuts and appeared in a commercial promoting Dunkin's latest breakfast sandwich:
Fare thee well, gone away, Jason Bay, there's nothing left to say.
Monday, April 16th
The Mets, much like TWISNY, have the comedic palette of a 13-year-old. So we always had a laugh at the periodic postgame, umm, love slaps perpetrated by Fernando Tatis on the likes of young hurlers Mike Pelfrey and Oliver Perez:
Pelfrey learned his lesson and is now a savvy veteran. Here he is protecting the goods after a win:
Pelfrey is thrilled that Tatis's reign of grabbiness has ended.
Friday, April 20th
It looks like one Mets fan kept a leftover wig from Rusty Staub Day in 1986:
If you'll recall, Tim Byrdak was messing about in spring training dressed up as Hulk Hogan:
The Hulkster showed up to Citi Field to support his man Byrdak:
When reached for comment, The Iron Sheik unleashed a 10-minute, NSFW rant that will not be printed in this space.
Saturday, April 21st
TWISNY lobbies that this fan become the Mets' version of the Jets' Fireman Ed, as long as he's not an annoying self-promoter:
TWISNY also lobbies that Fireman Ed disappear forever.
Saturday, April 28th
Josh Thole took an unfortunate foul ball to a sensitive area of his body:
"It's just a matter of waiting for it to feel better." -- Gary Cohen, spot-on. Thole took some time to shake it off and stayed in the game. He also inspired Man Getting Hit By Baseball, a sequel to Hans Moleman's award-winning short film Man Getting Hit By Football AKA Football In The Groin:
Saturday, May 5th
Few things are more enjoyable than relaxing at the ballpark on a lazy Saturday afternoon with your hand in your pants. Mets bullpen coach Ricky Bones knows what's up:
Get that man an ice cold beer!
Saturday, May 12th
These bird-flipping Marlins fans could probably use another year at charm school:
Let's get another look at that second fan. Maybe he's not such a bad guy.
Keep it classy, Marlins fans.
Sunday, May 13th
If this is what Mother's Day at the ballpark looks like for this aspiring Father Of The Year, we can't wait for Father's Day:
Wednesday, May 24th
Here is a splendid parody/parity typo from an SNY yell-fest program starring a pair of doofuses with no more sports expertise than Joey Balls, counter guy at the corner deli:
Trey Parker and Matt Stone once said that before creating their comedy film Team America: World Police they considered simply making a scene-for-scene remake of Armageddon with puppets because few things are more ridiculous than Carlos Beltran's favorite flick. Parody was unnecessary. That's exactly how we feel about SNY programming shown above. No jokes are needed to convey the absurdity that is Marc Malusis and Sal Licata (who?) discussing which Mets players are mentally weak, who should be traided, etc. It is beyond parody.
Saturday, May 26th
The Mets won a 9-0 cakewalk that day. Fabulous indeed.
Wednesday, June 20th
Let's check in with Eamon! Eamon McAnaney filled in for Kevin Burkhardt and emcee'd the worst (best?) "Ask The Booth" question ever, courtesy of Jerry from the Upper West Side:
Gentlemen, do you believe that because David Wright didn't get in to the All-Star Game as a starter, do you believe that he should get in because the fans vote, we voted for him, and I don't understand why he's not in?
"I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our, uh, education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over HERE in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future, for our children."
Friday, June 22nd
SNY spotted New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the crowd during the Subway Series:
Keith Hernandez had some words for Mr. Mayor. See if you can pick out the quote Keith did not say:
a) "I better hide my 16oz can of Pepsi."
b) "He's not coming up to the booth I hope."
c) "You know, his term is up soon. Maybe I can win the election."
Monday, July 9th
"If things go well I might be showing her my O-face. 'Oh... Oh... Oh!' You know what I'm talkin' about. 'Oh!'"
Friday, August 3rd
This young fan has had about enough of the monthly family outing to Petco Park:
Wednesday, August 8th
SNY cameras caught a member of Gary, Keith, and Ron's security detail taking a gander at the buxom young McFadden's girls:
"It's like looking at the sun. You don't stare at it, it's too risky. You get a sense of it then you look away."
Saturday, September 1st
Given his enormous size, film producers determined the role that would most suit him:
Looks like a box office giant!
Saturday, September 15th
A giant paper airplane landed near second base during a game in Milwaukee:
Gary Cohen was excited about it:
Gary Cohen: A paper airplane -- a huge one -- comes flying right to second base. That was like a guided missile. It came somewhere out of the right field stands and made it all the way to second base and that is a work of art!
Keith Hernandez: We used to do that in school, remember?
Gary Cohen: Did you get that kind of hang time? Or distance? I tried for years to make paper airplanes that would fly and sail. But never anything like that. That was very impressive!
Daniel Murphy was also inspired by the paper airplane and started taking origami classes upon the Mets' return to New York.
A big thank you goes to Rob Castellano, Chris McShane, and various others for keeping an eye out for TWISNY material this season. We couldn't have done it without their contributions. Check back next week for the best of Nitpicking With TWISNY and "Let's check in with Kevin!"