What a strange week of Mets baseball it was. With the Mets getting swept at the hands of the Nationals and then coming right back to sweep the Cubs, the SNY booth was once again at their finest. Here’s all of the latest action from Gary, Keith, Ron, and Steve!
June 26, 2016
Let’s check in with Steve Gelbs, who’s bothering Brandon Nimmo’s parents during their son’s MLB debut!
Can you get a little closer to them, Steve? You might be a little too far away since you’re not actually sitting in their laps.
Steve made a little boo-boo opening up the segment, saying “thanks, Ronnie...err Gary!” before going into his typical “what is this moment like for you” line of questioning.
After Steve finished, he tossed it back up to the booth, to which Gary said “alright, thanks Pete!” So the question is which Pete did Gary have in mind while trolling Steve? Pete Rose? Pete Best or Pete Townshend? Pete Davidson? Big Pete and Little Pete Wrigley from the Nickelodeon show “The Adventures of Pete and Pete”? You tell us!
June 27, 2016
It’s time for Nitpicking With TWISNY! While the Nationals were busy shellacking the Mets last Monday to the tune of 11 unanswered runs, somebody at SNY got a little presumptuous with the score bug in the 5th inning.
We counted 5 WHOLE SECONDS between the moment when the score bug said “End 5th” and when Yoenis Cespedes caught the ball. Just imagine if Cespedes had dropped that ball, the truck would sure have had some egg on their face! This has been Nitpicking With TWISNY.
June 28, 2016
Let’s check in with Steve Gelbs again!
You hear that? That’s exactly what we heard during this report, complete silence. That’s the second time it’s happened in a few weeks! Maybe the guys in the truck are trying to get a message across...
Nationals top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito made his big league debut. This was a momentous day not just because Giolito is the top prospect in baseball but because a fact about Giolito’s family fits right in the TWISNY knowledge wheelhouse.
PSA: Lucas Giolito's grandfather, Warren Frost, played Mr. Ross (Susan's father) on Seinfeld.— Andrew Beaton (@andrewlbeaton) June 29, 2016
You're welcome. pic.twitter.com/czxZYPPP3A
Amazing! Now we here at TWISNY were already aware of this because, as the self-proclaimed authorities on matters such as these, we know everything that combines baseball and Seinfeld. But Gary and Keith had a great discussion about the oft-maligned (unfairly, in our judgement) Seinfeld series finale. Most importantly...
Gary: Keith, you and Lucas’s family have something in common!
Keith: That’s right and I guess the curmudgeon wasn’t in the final episode.
As Seinfeld experts, we can easily dispute this claim and tell you that Warren Frost was in the final episode, claiming with his tv wife that George murdered Susan and that he knew the cheap envelopes that killed her a couple of seasons earlier were toxic!
After Daniel Murphy singled in the bottom of the 4th, Keith had a great line about the former Mets’ second baseman:
“You gotta keep an eye on Murph, you never know what he’s gonna do. He could run out to right field or he could steal a base.”
June 29, 2016
After reading a promo for Beat the Booth, Keith added a little reasoning as to why SNY was showing it a second night in a row:
“If you missed last night’s showdown, you can catch it again tonight after the postgame right here on SNY and they’re gonna show it again because the ratings were so terrible last night!” <Gary and Ronnie crack up laughing>
July 1, 2016
After an hour long rain delay on Friday night, the guys were in rare form right from the get-go. How so? Somebody burped on air.
The rain delay was over but the grounds crew stood around in the tunnel just in case. Hey guys! Fine work as always.
What’s up with the guy on the right? The look on his face screams of trouble.
Is he watching a fellow member of the grounds crew get trampled by the tarp?
Is he bringing back repressed memories of his childhood when his parents would force him to roll up tarps in the backyard for practice?
We may never know the real truth.
Hat tip to Rich Resch for the photos.
Check out this slick barehand play by first base coach Tom Goodwin!
The booth was very complementary towards his work at first, particularly in comparison to Tim Teufel over at 3rd.
Ronnie: Nice play by Tommy Goodwin!
Gary: That is a terrific pickup, as good of one as we’ve seen by a coach this year.
Ronnie: I’m all over Teuf, he always lets ‘em go or kicks them around.
Keith: Didn’t he do that when he had a glove on?
Gary: <laughter> Oh, now that’s cold!
In the bottom of the fourth inning, SNY showed a shot of booth and...what?
It looks like SNY has decided to change to a film noir format. Pessimism? Fatalism? An overall ominous atmosphere? That fits the bill of a Mets game pretty well. Now we just wait for Gary, Keith, and Ron to let us know that they’ve become private detectives.
An inning later, the booth mentioned that the truck was aware of the issue and gradually brought the guys back into the 21st century.
July 3, 2016
Can you imagine what Keith would be like coaching a little league team? He and Gary broached the subject after the ball boy down the right field line whiffed on a tough chance.
Gary: Have you ever coached a youth league team?
Keith: No, I only had daughters. I didn’t have sons.
Gary: I’d love to see you with the youngsters because you’re so encouraging when you’re up here.
Keith: You would probably not want to see me interact with the parents.
Gary: I think you’d have the gravitas to tell them to go home.
Keith: You know what I’d say to the parents at the beginning? We’re here to win. We’re gonna win fair and square. We’re not gonna have everybody play and you have to get used to it. Your son Johnny’s not that good, I’ll get him in when I can! But if it’s a close game, he’s on the pine.
Honestly, if Keith thinks your son stinks at baseball, then he probably stinks at baseball. No reason to argue with a baseball and Seinfeld legend. Now just imagine if Keith the Little League Coach was a reality show! Gary is hoping it becomes one.
Gary: That could be gold, Keith. Gold!
Keith: Yeah, gold. I’ll be the Spanish version of Walter Matthau.
Just to put it out there, we here at TWISNY are all for a Keith Hernandez reality show and would be happy to dedicate an edition of TWISNY to reviewing it once it’s actually on the air. The potential for hilarity is endless and we’re sure it would be a ratings goldmine for SNY. Get on it, guys!
That’s all for this edition of TWISNY! Thanks again go out to Chris McShane for always keeping an eye out for us.
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