Keith and Phriend

Besides the two games between the Mets and Phillies today at Citizens Bank Park today, there were some priceless comic moments on SNY-TV unrelated to the games themselves.

  1. Near the end of Game 2 when David Wright and co-conspirators decorated Castro’s hat unbeknownst to him.  (Methinks everyone was getting a tad punchy.  Thank goodness they were able to pull the win out.  Otherwise, this stuff would not have been funny in the least!)
  2. Kevin Burkhardt and the Valentin mustache fans and their T-shirts and seeing Valentin’s face in the dugout when one of the T-shirts made its way to him.  Delightful!Sny
  3. My personal favorite:  when the Philly Phanatic made his way into the Philadelphia TV booth when Keith was making a guest appearance there.  The Phanatic–as might be expected–made a big to-do about this intruder stepping over from the enemy lines. 

I wondered, though, if they sat down over a beer if they wouldn’t just hit it off, Keith and the Phanatic. 

In fact, they might just make great colleagues.  Imagine them both in the booth together:  Keith doing play-by-play and PP doing color (ar ar) commentary!

Mother’s Day

Ahhh!  A beautiful, warm, sunny Sunday in New York and my beloved Mets are in town.  After waking up to a wonderful breakfast presented to me by my loving husband and daughter, I look forward to getting dressed in my Mets jersey…er, nope.  Today is one of those long Sundays at Carnegie Hall for me:  a rehearsal with the MET Orchestra from 11 until 1:30 (if we’re lucky), followed by the concert conducted by Maestro James Levine at 3.Images

Game time is 1:10.  Dammit.

Well, at least Levine let us out of the rehearsal at 1:40.  There’s time for lunch before the concert.  And I’m already dressed in my concert black.  So where, my husband and daughter who have met me at the Carnegie Hall Stage Door want to know, would I like for them to take me for a nice Mother’s Day lunch??  (This, after first updating me on the score of the game, of course.)

Without hesitation, I suggest that we walk one block west to the corner of 56th and Broadway and to lunch at a certain establishment so that I Hooters_logo_5 can watch my beloved Mets on TV!

Said establishment had a huge canvas banner proclaiming that one could watch every Major League game there on 35 TVs, and it wasn’t false advertising.  Although our waitress initially had to get her manager to change the channel on our table’s own personal TV from the channel it Hooterssnygirl_3_1 was on (NASCAR coverage) to the SportsNY channel, in no time at all our orders were in to the kitchen and we were immersed in the game (and oblivious to the "scenery".

I doubt there are many moms that would make that particular request for a Mother’s Day lunch, but it was PERFECT!!  We enjoyed our salads and burgers and witnessed amazing catches by both Endy Chavez in Left Field and newcomer Carlos Gomez in Right Field  before having to pay our tab and return for the downbeat at 3PM.

The Internet browser on my phone kept me up-to-date during the intermission of the concert with the rest of the good news that followed after we left the television coverage and I went onstage with the rest of the orchestra to play some Carter, Mozart, and Mendelssohn for the afternoon.

A good Mother’s Day for me and a good day for the Mets against the Brew Crew!  Bring on the Cubbies!