The New York Mets have continued to prove all their nay-sayers wrong this year, completing a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park for the first time since 2006. Boasting a record of 5 games over .500 in the middle of May, the Mets are getting huge contributions from everyone who steps on the field. And off.
One of the most exciting elements of watching SNY's broadcasts of the Mets has always been the exceptional announcing of Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling. However, with the Mets struggles in recent years, the levels of enthusiasm has dipped. While the duo of Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling are typically their usual insightful, witty, and often sarcastic selves, Gary Cohen's enthusiasm has taken a dip. This year, and during the past week in particular, his enthusiasm seems to be shining through and it has aided in the presentation of the game. If you're looking for a comparison, look no further than when Angel Pagan hit a walk-off homer last year at Citi Field. Cohen, while enthusiastic, didn't yell his trademark "Outta here!", which Darling made note of as the clip comes to a close.
Angel Pagan Walk-Off Homer (Courtesy of MLB.com)
The game was exciting and was a game that propelled the Mets over .500 in a year that was marred with trade speculation and uncertainty. It should have been a celebrated moment, but there was never the sense of importance in Cohen's voice. More recently; however, Cohen has displayed the enthusiasm that adds another element to the game: Cohen comes across as a true fan, not just an announcer who's doing his job and getting out early. Cohen is, in my mind, the best play-by-play man in the sports industry today and I would never insinuate that Cohen isn't working hard. It's hard to display enthusiasm when a club is suffering, but one thing is true: I like this Gary a hell of a lot more than the one who called Angel's walk-off. It was a classic Cohen call, resonating to 2006-2008 when the Mets were last seriously contending.
Jordany Valdespin's Go-Ahead Homer (Courtesy of MLB.com)
Papelbon hasn't given up a hit with runners in scoring position yet this year...VALDESPIN HITS IT TO DEEP RIGHT FIELD, BACK GOES PENCE, AND IT'S OUTTA HERE! Jordany Valdespin's first big league hit is a three-run homer! And the Mets take a 5-2 lead in the 9th! A bolt from the blue, Valdespin back from the minors and a huge hit gives the Mets the lead!Gary Cohen is the voice, heart and soul of the New York Mets. His calls make an already spectacular moment into an immortal recording that captures the true drive and passion of New York baseball, and having the enthusiasm back is perhaps the best part of all throughout this winning streak. Besides, well, the winning baseball.