New York Mets fans have at least one thing to be very grateful about after experiencing many years of underachieving baseball in Flushing, Queens and that is the superstar trio of SNY's Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling in the booth for Mets games broadcasted on television.
Of SNY's long line up of shows that are featured on their channel, Mets fans would agree that there aren't three better guys to listen to within the network than Gary, Keith, and Ron.
Richard Deitsch, a Sports Illustrated media critic, also believes that the chemistry between Gary, Keith, and Ron is like no other in the business.
"That chemistry is very hard to find either on the radio or on TV... They like each other, they play off each other and it doesn't always happen. SNY also got lucky. Not only do I think they have three interesting broadcasters, they got incredibly lucky in that they work chemistry-wise. It's all a roll of the dice, but in this case the roll of the dice worked out."
Deitsch went further into complimenting SNY's trio of Gary, Keith and Ron, by saying they are honest with the viewer and un-biased when it comes to speaking about the Mets, especially because they commentate games for a network that is owned by the Mets organization.
"Everybody has to pull a little bit of punches if they're working for a team-owned network, but within that paradigm and framework, I think these guys are honest and I think these guys have the viewer in mind. And as a viewer who wants something close to reality and something close to the truth, I really appreciate that," said Deitsch. "I feel like the Mets broadcasters always have me in mind first and foremost, knowing that they're paid by the Wilpons and that they're Met employees. But I think they deal for the most part straight with the audience, and I have a lot of respect for that."
As expected, the market value for any New York City-based regional sports network is off the charts. SportsNet New York, one of the many renowned regional sports networks based in New York City since 2006, is already one of the most valuable and highly-regarded sports media outlets when it comes to covering a professional baseball team and it's intent to be the best in the business.
When a network like SNY consumes the lives of 8.5 million New Yorkers, it cannot produce below the standards that a top-notch media sports network requires. It must provide quality broadcast journalism, reporting, and TV production that can thoroughly present content to a large audience while still being the most professional about it.
Luckily for Mets fans and New Yorkers, that is exactly what SNY does.
One of the clearest ways they fulfill their mission of being a fair, informative, and entertaining sports network is through the commentating personnel of their approximately 120 New York Mets game broadcasts.
Gary, Keith, and Ron bring insight into their broadcasts that is hard to find in other major league booths. SNY's three commentators speak with great knowledge of the game, constructive criticism for the team, and the utmost respect for an organization.
Gary Cohen, the official Mets play-by-play announcer, Keith Hernandez, a color-commentator and former Met, and Ron Darling, also a color-commentator and former Met, have been announcing Mets games on SNY since the beginning of the 2006 season and are still going strong at it today.
Soon it will be Opening Day for the Mets' 2014 season, the eighth Opening Day with SNY's beloved trio in the booth working side-by-side.
It is fair to say that Gary, Keith, and Ron will be doing Mets games for many years to come.
Mets fans, you should take that for what its worth. It is not often that a professional sports team is blessed with such a great group of in-booth commentators for televised games.
Keep up the tremendous work, guys!