On a couple of occasions, there’s a couple of fellas on Twitter who take me to task anytime I so much as link from or quote any items by the New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman. It seems that because the noted Gallagher lookalike does some televised yapping on one of SNY’s sundry sub-PTI programs, Bob’s considered some sort of Wilpon-shill, one whose constant critiques of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are symptomatic of an alleged Mets bias.
So with that in mind, consider that on Friday, Raissman had harsh words for SNY colleagues Gary Cohen and Ron Darling after the pair scoffed at the network’s promised coverage of Matt Harvey’s rehab work in Port St. Lucie. On one hand, he’s clearly blasting Mets announcers. But he’s calling them out for criticizing a promotional spiel designed to benefit….the Mets!
“He takes his throwing program to Florida tomorrow,” Jonas Schwartz crooned Monday during a break in the sixth inning of Giants-Mets. “We (SNY) will have a camera crew there to take you every step of the way. Full coverage throughout the day.”
Then came the silence. Next came the voice of Gary Cohen. “I don’t even know what to say,” Cohen, incredulously, said.
“I know what to say,” Ron Darling said. “After the (Harvey) throwing, bloomin’ onions all around.”
For a moment forget Cohen and Darling had just verbally bum-rushed Schwartz, an innocent bystander here. The analyst and play-by-play man knew Schwartz had delivered a pure promotional pitch. They’ve heard a million of them, articulated some themselves, but still elected to make light of this particular one.
Cohen then wanted to know if he and Darling would be doing “live reports” from Washington on Harvey throwing in Florida. “I’m taking the Acela (to Washington). Mine gets in around 6:30 p.m. before the game,” Darling said.
Cohen: “Maybe we can rig up a camera and crew for you on the train.”
Their sarcasm translated into the notion they didn’t think Harvey throwing a bullpen session in the wilting Port St. Lucie heat was that big of a deal. Certainly not big enough for their network to provide “full coverage.”