Mets Announcers

Here are recent posts about your favorite New York Mets announcers. Some fan favorites include a list of Mets beat writers, Keith and Hadji getting the morning paper, and a look at Ron Darling’s net worth.

Keith discovers what PB&J means

Keith Hernandez has no idea what PB&J means in this instant classic from the Mets broadcast team of Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Hernandez.

Earlier in the game against the Braves from August 1, 2020, Keith expressed surprise when Darling used the term “horseshoe” to describe the part of a baseball where the seams form a U.

Gary and Ron had a field day with that and then Keith explains that away with him not being one to pay attention to pitchers.

Then Steve Gelbs explains that Michael Wacha always eats a PB&J sandwich on the days that he pitches. Keith asks what is a PB&J? Hilarity follows.

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Related: Keith and the hot dog lady.

The Mets on Sesame Street

Several Mets players have guest-starred on Sesame Street, including Keith Hernandez, Mookie Wilson, and Ron Darling in 1988. Famous Muppets Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy also visited Citi Field in 2014, even appearing on the Kiss Cam.

Kermit and Miss Piggy at Citi Field

Years before he appeared on Seinfeld, Keith Hernandez was on Sesame Street. Keith and Mookie teach Snuffy how to hit a baseball. It goes a little too well when Snuffy hits the ball so far that it breaks a certain Mr. Steinbrenner’s window. Uh oh.

Later, the duo meets The Count who has a problem swinging before a pitch is even made. He seems to enjoy whiffing too much. Hernandez and Wilson also appeared in the celebrity version of “Put Down The Duckie.” While Ron Darling got to meet Big Bird.

Ron  Darling and Big Bird

Related: Ralph Kiner quotes.

A later Sesame Street episode featured Telly Monster showing his baseball collection to Ron. Who mimics the pose from his own card. The Yale graduate then helps read the back of his baseball card for Telly. Good practice for his later role as an analyst on SNY.

Related: Keith breaks the camera!

Clint Eastwood Throws Out First Pitch

Clint Eastwood throws out the first pitch before Game 7 of the 1973 World Series. The New York Mets play the A’s in Oakland. Throwing the first pitch from the stands behind the A’s dugout, Eastwood is introduced as an Oakland native. Despite being born in San Francisco. Then 43-years-old, Clint appears to be in better shape than some of the players. He is also apparently a lefty.

Eastwood was busy in 1973, directing and starring in the western High Plains Drifter and later reprising his role as “Dirty Harry” Callahan in the sequel Magnum Force.

Related: When Rodney Dangerfield threw out the first pitch.

As for game 7, unfortunately for Mets fans, it was an A’s victory 5-2. The second straight World Championship for Oakland. But manager Dick Williams hated the front office’s interference and resigned as the A’s manager afterward.

The Mets Mona Lisa Cover

This New Yorker magazine cover art is from June 3, 1991. It depicts Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa as a Mets pitcher. She is on the pitchers’ mound with the infielders behind her. The original art is by John Bernard Handelsman and was licensed from the Condé Nast Collection. I’m surprised she’s not a lefty since Da Vinci was left-handed.

Mets Mona Lisa Cover Art

Kinerisms – Ralph Kiner Quotes

As a Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner became famous for his malapropisms known as “Kinerisms”. He often got people’s names mixed-up, such as calling Gary CarterGary Cooper” or broadcast partner Tim McCarver “Tim MacArthur”. He even referred to himself once as “Ralph Korner”.

Ralph  Kiner

Here are some funny Ralph Kiner quotes.

“We’ll be back after this word from Manufacturers Hangover.”

“Home run hitters drive Cadillacs and singles hitters drive Fords.”

“Cadillacs are down at the end of the bat.”

“The Mets have gotten their leadoff batter on only once this inning.”

“The Hall of Fame ceremonies are on the thirty-first and thirty-second of July.”

“All of his saves have come in relief appearances.”

“This one deep to right and it is way back, going, going, it is gone, no off of the top of the wall.”

“All of the Mets road wins against the Dodgers this year occurred at Dodger Stadium.”

“Solo homers usually come with no one on base.”

Darryl Strawberry has been voted to the Hall of Fame five years in a row.”

“Hello, everybody. Welcome to Kiner’s Corner. This is….uh. I’m…uh”

“The Mets just had their first .500-or-better April since July of 1992.”

“He’s (Bruce Sutter) going to be out of action the rest of his career.”

“Some guys are inwardly outgoing.”

“Sutton lost 13 games in a row without winning a ballgame.”

Tony Gwynn was named player of the year for April.”

“If Casey Stengel were alive today, he’d be spinning in his grave.”

“It’s (Phil Niekro‘s knuckleball) like watching Mario Andretti park a car.”

“The reason the Mets have played so well at Shea this year is they have the best home record in baseball.”

Jose DeLeon on his career has seventy-three wins and one-hundred and five RBIs.”

Kevin McReynolds stops at third and he scores.”

“Now up to bat for the Mets is Gary Cooper.”

“On Fathers Day, we again wish you all happy birthday.”

“There’s a lot of heredity in that family.”

“Two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water. The other third is covered by Garry Maddox.”

“You know what they say about Chicago. If you don’t like the weather, wait fifteen minutes.”

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Mets Apple FAQ

The Mets Home Run apple is as synonymous with Citi Field as the ivy is with Wrigley Field. Hiding behind the center field fence, the apple is traditionally only raised when a Mets player hits a home run. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about it.

Who invented the Mets apple?

The home run apple was the idea of longtime Mets executive Al Harazin, who later succeeded Frank Cashen as the team’s general manager. Using an apple was a play on New York City’s nickname of “The Big Apple”.

How tall is the Mets apple?

The Mets apple is 18 ft. in diameter and 16 ft. tall. The Citi Field apple is two to three times bigger than the one that was at Shea Stadium. The original Shea Stadium apple was about 9 ft. tall.

Mets apple dimensions

How much does the Mets apple weigh?

The Citi Field Mets apple weighs about 4800 pounds. The old Shea Stadium apple weighed about 900 pounds.

Mets apple weight

How does the Mets apple rise?

Once a Mets player hits a home run, a technician turns a key. A covering hatch opens up revealing a button. The button is then pressed to allow the Mets apple to rise. A hydraulic system is used to raise and lower the apple. The system lifts the apple 15 feet in the air in just 3 seconds. It then slowly lowers the apple back down in approximately 30 seconds. It takes 3 minutes for the system to recharge.

When was the original Mets apple first appearance?

The original Mets home run apple first appeared behind the Shea Stadium center field fence in 1980. Constructed of fiberboard and wire painted red, it was made by a NJ company that also made floats for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. It was inside a 10-foot-tall black plywood top hat. There was a slogan on it “Met’s Magic”, which later was replaced with “Home Run”. When it popped up, some lights on the logo would flash.The original apple is now displayed outside the main entrance of Citi Field.

When was the Citi Field Mets apple first appearance?

The first time the Citi Field Mets apple was used was on Opening Day, April 13, 2009, when David Wright hit the Mets first home run ever at Citi Field.

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Keith and Hadji get the Morning Paper

This video quickly went viral when it first came out. Former Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez tweeted the video himself. It shows Hernandez with his cat Hadji riding on Keith’s shoulder. They’re walking from Hernandez’s Sag Harbor home to pick up the newspaper.

Related: Keith keeps the tweetsters happy.

It’s a genuine peek at a man and his beloved cat. Keith looks like most of us do first thing in the morning.

Ron Darling’s Net Worth is Astonishing!

Have you ever wondered how rich Ron Darling is? Or maybe you’re curious about his salary? Just how much money does Ron have? Let’s take a look at how much Ron Darling is worth.

Ron Darling has a current net worth of $10 million. This estimate is based on the money Darling made mostly with his baseball and announcing salary.

Ron Darling

Career Earnings

According to the baseball-reference website, during his 13-year career as a major league pitcher, Ron Darling earned $17,980,000. His playing days ended in 1995.

Darling appeared briefly in three theatrical films, “Shallow Hal”, “The Day After Tomorrow”, and “Mr. 3000”.

Ron Darling has authored three books. The first was titled “The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball, Pitching, and Life on the Mound” and was published in 2009. That was followed in 2016 with “Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life”. Finally, in 2019 Darling wrote “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game”.

Salary

Following his baseball retirement, Darling began a career in television broadcasting. He was first hired by the Fox Network in 2000 to work on the show “Baseball Today”. He has also worked for the YES Network, CSTV, and Fox Sports Net.

In 2005, Ron was hired to be the color commentator for the Washington Nationals. The next year he started his job as an analyst for Mets games on SNY, which he continues to this day. In 2007 Darling also started work as an analyst for the TBS Network during the playoffs and national games.

As his notoriety as an analyst grew, Darling has been a regular in the offseason on the MLB Network. He has won three Emmy Awards for ‘Best Sports Analyst,’ in 2006, 2011, and 2017.

Ron Darling’s Home

Ron Darling owns a house in Norwalk, CT valued at $2,296,400. The 6,090 sq. ft. home is set on almost half an acre. It blends sophistication and classic appeal featuring 5 bedrooms and 5 baths.

There is an open gourmet eat-in kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and doors that open to an extensive wraparound deck. The home has a large wine cellar and detached 2-car garage.

Ron  Darling's House

Agent

During his playing days, Darling’s agent was Steve Kauffman of Kauffman Sports Management Group.

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Citi Field FAQ

The Mets home stadium is Citi Field, located in Flushing, New York City. It’s outward design is an homage to Ebbets Fields, the home of the old Brooklyn Dodgers. Here are the answers to some Citi Field frequently asked questions.

Citi Field stadium at night

Related: Citi Field’s first Opening day.

What is the Citi Field address?

The Citi Field address is 41 Seaver Way, Queens, NY 11368. It used to be 123-01 Roosevelt Ave before being renamed in honor of Mets pitching great Tom Seaver on March 21, 2019.

What are the Citi Field Dimensions?

Citi Field dimensions are Left field (335 feet), Left center (358 feet), Center field (408 feet), Right center (375 feet), and Right field (330 feet).

Citi Field dimensions

When was Citi Field built?

Citi Field opened in 2009, after over 2 years of construction. The Mets first regular season home game was on April 13, 2009, against the San Diego Padres.

When was the All-Star game held at Citi Field?

The 2013 All-Star game was held at Citi Field. Mets pitcher Matt Harvey started the game. It was only the second All-Star game hosted by the Mets. The first time was at Shea Stadium in 1964 (Shea’s opening year).

How many seats are there in Citi Field?

There are 41,922 seats in Citi Field. Although including standing room, Citi Field’s capacity is over 45,000 people.

What are the best seats at Citi Field?

The best seats at Citi Field are the Excelsior Box and Excelsior Gold 309-329 seats. You’re up high enough to see the whole field, but not nose-bleed high. The seats are padded and right in front of the Foxwoods Club. So if it starts to rain or you get cold, you can go in there. But be warned that the first row of 310 has a railing that forces you to lean forward to see the action.

How much did Citi Field cost to build?

Citi Field cost $850 million to build. It was funded with $615 million in public subsidies. The Mets are paying back the public loans, plus interest. But they don’t have to pay rent or property taxes. The Mets are also receiving $20 million annually from Citibank in exchange for naming the stadium Citi Field.

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These are the Mets Beat Writers

Here is a list of current New York Mets beat writers on Twitter. These are the everyday reporters who cover the Mets. Other baseball columnists and journalists will occasionally write about the Mets. But these are the every game folks.

Anthony DiComo

Anthony DiComo Mets beat writer for MLB. As seen on SNY, MLB Network. Pre-order David Wright’s memoir THE CAPTAIN. In stores Oct. 13!

Mike Puma

Mike Puma Mets beat reporter for the New York Post since 2010; Fordham alum and father of three. Author, “If These Walls Could Talk, New York Mets,” set for 2021 release.

Tim Britton

Tim Britton Mets beat writer for The Athletic. Every opinion I’ve ever expressed is mine alone.

Justin Toscano

Justin Toscano Mets beat writer for The Record, part of the USA TODAY Network. Proud Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University alum. Peep my work

Tim Healey

Tim Healey Mets beat writer, Newsday. Author, “Hometown Hardball“. BU alum. New Englander. Generally enthusiastic.

Deesha Thosar

Deesha Thosar Mets beat reporter for NY Daily News. Just another proud Penn State grad. Give me the good news first.

Rich Coutinho

Rich Coutinho Traffic Manager at Law and Crime Network as well as Met beat reporter for ESPN 98.7. Author of the book Press Box Revolution.

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