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Mets' TV Booth Earns Praise For Keeping Viewers Engaged

Cohen (l), Hernandez and Darling (far right) have shown their value in a disappointing Mets season
Photo: KEITH HERNANDEZ

Finishing with a 77-85 record, the Mets "haven’t played a meaningful game in months and the only reason to keep watching" is because of the SNY booth of play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen and analysts Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling, according to a profile by Devin Gordon of N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE. Together, they are simply “Gary Keith and Ron” -- a "singular pronoun that unites the three Magi of Mets Nation, our best-in-class broadcast team, and the only thing we get to lord over Yankee fans." But it is seasons like '18 when the trio "really earn their collective paycheck." Too many booths are "occupied by people with nothing to say." But with SNY, listeners "never know what someone (Keith) might say." The SNY booth also is akin to family relatives, "whom we learn from and who make us laugh and whose emotions are riding the same roller coaster as our own." Perhaps the trio represents an "alternate strategy for attacking baseball’s existential crisis: fix the game itself, yes, but fix the conversation around it too" (N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE, 9/25).

SUBWAY SERIES: In N.Y., Richard Morgan notes the Mets' rating on SNY was 2.12 for the season as of Saturday -- down 8.2% from the 2.31 rating during the same period last year. The Yankees, by comparison, are up 1.4% on YES Network (3.62 vs 3.57) (NYPOST.com, 9/30).