The Mets are slumping but TWISNY is improving. Something about the Mets' annual second-half fade always makes the SNY personalities more entertaining.
Sunday, July 29th
"Guys I'm down here with a Diamondbacks photographer and he says that if I don't get the same haircut as him he's going to kill me. So I'll be in the barber's chair in between innings if you need me. Back upstairs to you guys."
Monday, July 30th
SNY appeared to recognize something was wrong, but instead of correcting the mistake they doubled down. Let's throw in an Ike solo home run! 9-6 Mets!
It took a minute or two, but SNY eventually got it right:
Hat tip to reader Marc Rein for the tip; you can follow him on Twitter here: @MarcRein.
We love Mike Baxter. We check Mike Baxter's FanGraphs page nearly every day. So we know that he is not a .213 hitter!
Our man Baxter was hitting a robust .323 at the time.
New York's home of the Jets couldn't spell Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie's last name correctly:
Cro thinks he would be the second-best SNY producer.
Finally, we know Justin Turner isn't much of a hitter but he's no zero!
Perhaps noted Turner admirer Eric Simon was working the control room that night. This has been Nitpicking With TWISNY.
Wednesday, August 1st
Let's check in with Kevin! Kevin told the story of a Mets fan from Australia who follows the team from a great distance. Here is Kevin with Steve from Down Under:
At first, we wanted to poke fun at the story but something about it was touching. Here is a transcript of the segment:
Kevin Burkhardt: I've spent the last couple of innings with Steve from Australia. He's about 1,000 kilometers away from Sydney. It's interesting how a fan begins. He's all the way around the world, he's been a Met fan since 1987, watches us all the time, by the way, on the MLB app on his phone. The night games are on at 8:30 in the morning over there, so he wakes up, gets the coffee and donuts, and watches the games. It's cool how it all started.
Back in '87 he met a Mets fan who was on vacation from New York, they started talking, and he got into it. Think about back then. There was no Internet, no MLB app for your phone, you can't watch.
All that he would get in the local papers was the scores for Mets games. He would buy USA Today, which had the box scores. It was very expensive. But they were three days behind. He did anything to keep up with the team. A little bit later, his buddies in the U.S. would send him game tapes. There was also a company he signed up for that sent him tapes.
He started getting into fantasy baseball with a couple guys in the States. The only way he could keep up with his team was via fax. He said one time he had Jeff Kent on his team, he was out for a week-and-a-half, he had no idea he was out! But he stayed a Mets fan, through-and-through, just kinda cool how a fan begins halfway around the world.
Keith Hernandez: They're everywhere! Mets fans.
Gary Cohen: Everywhere I tell you.
TWISNY salutes Steve from Australia for his Mets dedication!
When you go to San Francisco, be sure to wear turtles in your hair:
Friday, August 3rd
Michael Baron of Metsblog, presented by Verizon, has a history of showing up during SNY broadcasts:
He did it again in San Diego:
The newly-anointed writer-in-charge of pitching analysis for Metsblog, presented by Verizon, had a prime seat to take a look at Mets pitchers.
This young fan has had about enough of the monthly family outing to Petco Park:
We'll finish up with Keith Hernandez showcasing his new-and-improved scorecard:
"I just learned about Powerpoint. Or Excel. Or whatever it is."
That's all for now. A big thanks this week once again goes to Rob Castellano and Chris McShane for keeping their eyes peeled. Send any tips or suggestions to ThisWeekInSNY@gmail.com. You will be credited if we run the material. Have a great weekend!