Can you believe it, Mets fans? Today is quite sadly our final edition of This Week In SNY of 2016. We’ve had a lot of fun recapping all of the greatest moments from Gary, Keith, Ron, Steve, and everybody in the SNY booth throughout the season. We’ve got one more here for you, so let’s get started!
We heard an unfamiliar voice reading a Jacob deGrom hair hat promo after T.J. Rivera singled to lead off the bottom of the 4th inning. So who was it?
It’s Dave Fried, SNY’s resident stats guy who got himself a speaking cameo and then modeled the Jacob deGrom hair hat! Sorry, Dave, the hair doesn’t really work on you but we appreciate the effort!
Gary brought up that the gang received Brian Kenny’s new book “Ahead of the Curve” and noted that Kenny believes Keith should be a Hall of Famer. So what did Keith think about this?
Keith: Well, everyone’s entitled to their opinion.
<entire booth busts out laughing>
Ronnie: Who am I to take someone off their thought?
Would you be surprised if we told you Keith knows a thing or two about blondes? That’s what we learned in the 7th inning when newly blonde Jerry Blevins began throwing in the bullpen.
Keith: He’s gonna look good in the bow ties.
Apparently, Jerry Blevins wears bow ties with a sport coat like former Mets GM Frank Cashen when he’s not on the field. When Steve Gelbs chimed in, saying that Blevins’ scalp went numb from the peroxide, Keith said...
Keith: Gotta talk to Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield about that. Kim Novak! Our young audience, I don’t think know about those actresses.
Gary: Madonna? Lady Gaga?
Keith: Well that’s true, Madonna. More contemporary. Billy Idol.
Gary: There you go. That’s not contemporary either, by the way.
When Blevins came in to the game...
Keith: We’ll see if blondes have more fun.
And when Blevins struck out Max Kepler to end the inning...
Gary: Blondes DO have more fun!
Keith (muttering before going to commercial): I could’ve told you that...
It’s little Keith Hernandez on a horse!
Keith: Oh my goodness, who is that guy? That might be a future batting champ. Notice how I’m holding the reins with my right hand?
Gary: Is that you? Aww, that is so cute! Keith on his horsey!
Keith: Check out the hat. I look like Cesar Romero.
Gary noticed that Terry Collins and his staff all have multiple colored pens, which he wished he and Keith had in the booth.
That’s a good eye, Gary. Unfortunately, Keith’s not really a fan of them.
Keith: They’re too fat! They don’t feel good in my hand and my fingers. They don’t feel good.
Gary: You need to be comfortable with your equipment.
Keith: It’s the Nellie Fox bat of the pens.
In a recent edition of TWISNY, we featured a segment on Keith learning how to use his new telestrator. Well it looks like Keith decided to break it out again – right in the middle of a Julio Teheran pitch to Yoenis Cespedes.
Wondering how Keith’s knee is doing after he injured it on a hike in Arizona a few weeks back? Well...
Keith: It’s a deep bone bruise, nothing structurally wrong with it, and I did it coming down Squaw Peak as we all know. I’ve got arthritis in there and I think I activated it, it’s gonna take time to heal. I talked to my PT today, not that it’s important, and he’s gonna put me on a crutch to get the weight off. Just one crutch. He thinks it’ll heal faster.
SNY, trolling about as hard as they could, immediately focused in on Mets trainer and boot connoisseur Ray Ramirez in the dugout.
Gary: Now you think you’ll get a certain amount of sympathy when you start walking around...?
Keith: I’m putting a little weight around the boiler! I’ve gotta watch my eating. I can’t do the activity I like to do.
So now Keith is getting fat all because of this knee injury he suffered on a trail in Arizona, the same trail in which he met former Mets first baseman David Segui. What a story.
SNY showed a clip of the 1988 Mets celebrating their Division Championship when Gary Carter rocked Keith’s world...
But wait! Let’s see it again in slow motion!
Gary: This is my favorite part of the celebration...
Gary: Right across the chops!
Keith: I was hot! A joyous moment...
Gary: Wait, one more time! One more time!
Keith: Look it, I can take a punch. I have no glass jaw there!
Gary: Left hook. Good thing he was wearing a glove, you would’ve been down.
Ronnie: Jeez, Kid!
It’s time for Nitpicking with TWISNY! Jay Bruce had a rough two months in a Mets uniform, so it was a little surprising when he cracked a solo home run in the 9th inning. SNY clearly was very surprised, as you can see by the score bug.
It only feels like his first home run, guys. This has been Nitpicking with TWISNY.
Daniel Murphy missed six games with a strained gluteus maximus, to which Keith remarked...
Keith: Gluteus Maximus, that sounds like a Roman emperor.
Gary: Yes, it does!
Keith: Obvious Latin derivative.
Major League Baseball returned to Miami following the tragic passing of Marlins’ ace Jose Fernandez and the Mets’ booth shared their poignant thoughts on the pregame ceremony.
The umpires missed a foul bunt attempt for the second night in a row, calling it a passed ball, to which an angry Keith said:
Keith: Why isn’t the catcher in his face arguing? What are they, sedated?
It may have been the last game of the season but Keith was still able to get hot at bad baseball. Andres Blanco stole second base for the Phillies and Kevin Plawecki’s throw hit the second base umpire in the arm on the way there.
Keith: That can’t happen! This can’t happen! TED! I’ve never seen that! What’s going on? I want a full review when the season’s over.
Finally, as Gary and Keith gave praise to all of the members of the SNY crew, we would be remiss if we didn’t include Bill Webb spinning his Emmy’s, one of the greatest recurring graphics SNY has used the past few years.
Well, Mets fans, that officially wraps up the 2016 season of This Week In SNY! Thanks again go out to Chris McShane for always keeping an eye out for us and thanks go out to all you fans out there for checking in, sending us tips, and generally enjoying the greatness that is the Mets’ broadcast booth. We’ll see you right back here for brand new editions of This Week In SNY next spring!
This Week In SNY was created by former Amazin' Avenue contributor James Kannengieser. You can read all of his entries here. We hope you enjoy this reboot!