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The Keith Hernandez Watch Continues

Mike SteffanosSaturday, April 15, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

I'm still somewhat skeptical of the conspiracy theories surrounding Keith Hernandez' absence from the booth last night after not making the trip for those 3 games in Washington. I've heard the same rumors that some of you have, regarding a comment Keith made in a game last week that Paul Lo Duca made a play that Piazza wouldn't have made last season, and that this somehow angered the Mets hierarchy. It seemed quite silly when I heard it, but I have to admit that I was a little taken back last night when Darling was again doing the color for the first game of the Brewers series.

I looked for over an hour this morning for any information on Keith, and couldn't come up with anything. I guess no news is good news in that regard. If there really was something going on, it would be difficult to keep quiet. Still, I'll feel better when I see Keith in the booth again. The first time he refers to the Mets catcher as Deluca, I'll know that all is right with the Mets world.

Hernandez Batting Second
Wow, just saw the lineup for today's game and Anderson Hernandez moves up the 2 slot as Lo Duca gets the day off. I'm sure there will be some controversy over this if he makes outs in key situations.

Daily News: Sanchez picks up Heilman
The depth of the bullpen is definitely one of the stories of the 2006 New York Mets. Roger Rubin recounts a successful bailout of Aaron Heilman by Duaner Sanchez last night. You know that at some point this season the opposite will happen.

As for Sanchez, this kid is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. He has no fear, requires almost no warm-up, and can pitch practically every day. I hated to see Jae Seo go, but I liked this trade when it happened and still like it.

Newsday: Wagner still looking for his best fastball
David Lennon reports on Billy Wagner's early season struggle to find his trademark velocity.

Hartford Courant: SNY on Charter Cable
John Howell reports that Charter Communications in Western Connecticut has reached a deal with SportsNet New York. Howell also notes that Adelphia, who drove me and other Mets fans into the arms of satellite, is still negotiating. Some Mets fans are still fighting their own cable companies. For more information, visit their web sites:

Get the Mets on SusCom!!

Give Us Our Mets! (Cox Communications, CT)

If you're without SNY on your local system, and have a web site or on-line petition, let me know and I'll link to you. And a reminder, to those of you that like me have switched to satellite -- make sure when you cancel your cable you let the cable company know why. If enough people do that, it does pressure the company into possibly reconsidering their decision.

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Comments (6)

are you sure it's actually something with keith? I've always heard that he likes his relaxed lifestyle. I can't imagine him being canned for a disparaging comment about loduca or any other mets player. Maybe they could force him to stop wearing those ridiculously ugly fur lined blazers though!

No, I don't believe it either. But I am getting a little worried. Supposedly Keith was going to work 100 games, now he hasn't worked any of the last 5? Wish someone would just say what was going on. Just make some sort of announcement.

Perhaps Keith's absence can be traced back to when he called Pedro's little friend a MONKEY. Or how about last Sunday when he rolled his eyes on camera at an AUTISM spokesperson. I love Keith, but frankly, Darling is even better. AND how far can Keith shove that foot down his throat before someone calls him on it?

I did not hear Keith make the remark about Pedro's friend, so I can't speak to that. I did, however, see the Autism spokesperson in the booth with Keith and Gary and saw no eyerolling or disrespect. Perhaps my perception was colored by my admitted fondness for Keith, or perhaps yours was by your obvious distaste for him.

In any case, if Keith was removed from the booth, then SNY should be forthright about this and let us know what happened and why.

As for Darling, I like him, and he has some interesting things to say when he isn't just telling Gary how exactly right he is about something. Over the course of a 9 inning game I feel like I need to pop a greenie to stay awake listening to him. There is no comparison between Keith and Ron Darling.

Has keith hernandez been removed from the tv booth? if so why?

No, Robert, this was a post from 2 years ago.

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