A dream team for a dream season
SNY has long put on one of the best television broadcasts in baseball, and as the Mets have risen to new heights, Addy Baird looks at how the best visual storytellers in the sport are also peaking
Project ShaqBox Trivia: In 1981, Ron Darling was the No. 9 pick in the draft, selected by the Rangers out of Yale. Less than a year later, Texas traded its righty prospect to New York with Walt Terrell for Lee Mazzilli. Not a great move for the Rangers, as Darling became a star and Mazzilli got traded to the Yankees for Bucky Dent later that same year, eventually working his way back to the Mets for the 1986 title run.
Half of 1981’s top 10 draft picks wound up playing for the Mets, including Darling and the Mets’ own selection, taken at No. 4 that year. Can you name that player, and the other three who eventually suited up in orange and blue?
The Freeform Jazz of SNY
By Addy Baird
So far this year, the New York Mets lead the league in hit by pitches. By now, regular viewers of SNY know what to expect when it happens.
“I don't care if a Met gets hit on the pant leg, we're gonna show Buck after that hit by pitch to see what happens,” John DeMarsico, who directs the Mets broadcasts on SNY, recently told me. “Early on in the year, I would show him and he'd give these faces and it's just, like, incredible to see the nuanced faces that he would give, and it sort of turned into, you know, I can't not shoot it now.”
When we spoke before the All Star break, DeMarsico teased that he had a plan for hit by pitches that he thought Mets fans might like, which he debuted during a recent game: A red-tinted, fuming Buck with the Kill Bill siren over the top.
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