Welcome back to This Week In SNY, Mets fans! The summer may be unofficially over but we’re going to recap some of our favorite Mets broadcast moments from the first half of August. We’ve got Ronnie once again getting displaced, Keith Hernandez on tipping interns, Gary pissing Keith off, and we even have a visit from a second Gare! Let’s get going...
August 1, 2016
It was the trade deadline, so Sandy Alderson joined the booth in the top of the fourth inning to discuss the Jay Bruce trade. That means it’s time for one of TWISNY’s long time favorite recurring features: Ronnie getting pushed to the high chair!
There’s really not enough room there at the table for Ronnie? Or maybe the booth is only equipped with three regular chairs and the one high chair. Why won’t SNY invest in a fourth regular height chair? We need to know the answer.
If you thought we were the only ones who noticed this, you’d be wrong. In the bottom of the inning, SNY showed us the tweet(s) of the game...
So what does Keith have to say about this? Why does Ronnie always get evicted from his seat?
Keith: I’m the oldest guy in the booth here!
Look, we here at TWISNY don’t want to appear ageist but we know Keith is still spry for his age. We saw him flip burgers at Keith’s grill and we saw him man the Citi Field parking booth!
August 2, 2016
Gary made note that it was Josh the SNY summer intern’s last day in the broadcast truck. Josh is a football player at Ithaca College and apparently didn’t get paid nearly enough for the work he did for SNY.
Gary: So as Josh departs after a hard working summer, where we didn’t pay him nearly as much as he was worth, we wish him the best as he goes on his way.
Ronnie: They live on Keith and I’s tips alone.
Keith: TIPS? What tips?
Ronnie: You don’t tip the guys when they get you your bag?
Keith: I’ve got short arms and deep pockets.
So Keith seems to be a very judicious tipper. What do you tip an intern, anyway? Larry David never covered this, so we’re all completely lost here. I only know how to tip gardeners, housekeepers, hotel bellboys, and waiter captains (you draw a line right through their tip).
Ron let the cat out of the bag on Keith’s past tipping strategy and then Gary gave Keith a nice little dig...
Ronnie: You used to be a good tipper in the clubhouse back in the day.
Gary: How about when they hold your parasol, do you tip then?
<Keith busts out laughing>
This guy had better get a good tip, Keith.
Want to know how to get Keith back for his poor tips? List all of the Mets players to wear his beloved number 17 since he left the Mets in 1990. That’s what Gary did later in the game after retelling the legendary story of Mr. Dae-Sung Koo, who of course wore 17.
Gary: Mr. Koo, wearing number 17!
Keith: It had hits in it.
Gary: Let’s count all the people who’ve worn 17 since you wore it. Jose Lima, Luis Lopez, Dae-Sung Koo...
Keith: Didn’t Ellis Valentine wear it before me?
Gary: ...Jeff McKnight, Brent Mayne...
Keith: Alright, what the heck were they doing.
Gary: ...Graeme Lloyd...
Keith: Just debasing the number!
Gary: ...Fernando Tatis, David Newhan, Wilson Delgado...
Keith: OH STOP!
Gary: ...Jason Anderson...
Keith: That’s enough!
Gary: ...Satoru Komiyama, Mike Bordick, Kevin Appier...
Keith: It’s like devaluing the dollar!
Gary: Yes, they did get off the gold standard.
So see Keith? That’s why you always tip an intern.
August 5, 2016
The Mets visited Detroit at the beginning of August, so let’s check in on Gare and Keith. Hey, wait a second...
And my friends, it’s Gary Apple who has moved out of the cushy New York City studio and taken over for his fellow GARE for the weekend. How nice of him!
Unfortunately, Gary had some troubles with the play by play and those issues were particularly noticeable on home runs. Let’s rate a couple of them...
Okay, not the most exciting call. There was a lot of silence between the bat crack and the landing, and it took until the ball actually got into the stands for the excitement to begin. We’ll give it a 3/5, not bad for the first home run call of the weekend but not up to his fellow Gare’s standards.
August 6, 2016
Michael Conforto ripped a line drive off of Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson’s shin and when the righty ultimately decided to stay in the game, Keith decided to give Dodge some free advertising with a slogan that isn’t even theirs.
Keith: He’s ready. He’s tough. Dodge tough!
Gary Apple: Are they a sponsor?
Keith: Or is it Ram?
Gary Apple: Well, it sounded good. I believe it is Ram, by the way.
Keith: <laughing> Free advertising.
August 7, 2016
SNY opened the bottom of the third inning by showing this carousel with a little circus music. How nice, all the kids in Detroit must love this!
Hey, wait a second...did you see those big kids riding on the tigers?
There they are again! It’s Steve Gelbs, now riding the baseball-themed ferris wheel! Who does he have in there with him?
Why it’s MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo and WOR 710’s Wayne Randazzo! Just so you guys know, Keith feels your pain.
Keith: It gets very boring on the road, folks.
Check out Wayne-O’s face, by the way...
He looks like he’s afraid of heights. Let’s get a closer look, shall we?
Yup, sure looks like it. Here’s one more. You be the judge...
Neil Walker hit a huge two-run home run in the top of the 9th inning, so let’s check in on Gary Apple’s home run call. It’s...not great, Bob.
“And my friends”.
“AND MY FRIENDS”!
I’ve never heard this used before in a live home run call. Interesting. For a home run in a pretty huge moment, this also sounded like a pop fly for a bit too long for my liking. But opening with “And my friends” really seals the deal here. This gets a 1/5. Sorry, Gary.
That’s all we’ve got for this edition of TWISNY! We’ll finish up the month of August in our next edition. Thanks again go out to Chris McShane for always keeping an eye out for us.
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