Like others, Gary Cohen did not know whether there would be a baseball season. The Coronavirus novel has been postponed for now, along with all other professional sports.
But Mets SNY’s play-by-play broadcaster believes MLB must last as long as possible, even if it means starting from September, before canceling the season.
“Everybody hopes there are remnants of the season, and for me even if you can’t come back until mid-September and you play 40 matches until the end of October and then postseason, if it’s safe to do, I will be fine with that, “He told The Post in a telephone interview. “I think some seasons are better than no seasons.”
Some disagree, baseball will do it it is better to wait until 2021 if that can’t begin immediately. Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera recently said he did not believe the winner of the 60 match season should be able to call himself a champion.
“I think there is something better than nothing, whatever it is, even if it is a 25-match sprint,” said Cohen, who fills his free time reading, exercising and cooking. “I think it will be different. But it will definitely be better than nothing. “
In the absence of the game, SNY has simulated the Mets season in the video game, “MLB The Show.” For the first time, Cohen, along with booth friends Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling, held a Tuesday night match against Astros (8 nights, YouTube, Twitter). The trio opened for the season opener, and Cohen suggested they call the game. They recorded it on Monday night.
“None of us, Keith, Ron or myself, have ever been really exposed to video games, so the whole concept for us is a little different,” Cohen, 61, said.
The ‘MLB The Show,’ that they use, is very realistic, and almost sucks you, and you think you are really watching something real. Every now and then, something strange happens that reminds you that it’s just a video game, whether it’s a player’s move or something weird that won’t happen in real life.
“The timing is also different. They move the game faster. Like if there is a foul ball, they go straight to the next field. We all have to think about it quickly. There is a part of it that feels like we are playing a game. The interaction between the three of us is very similar to what you will have if you do a real game, of course the difference is because it is not a real game and we sat in three different places watching this simulation. “
The Mets struggled in the simulation, to the start of 2-7, with three losses in the extra round. But Michael Conforto has just returned from a lopsided injury he suffered in spring training and with a day off on Monday, the team skipped Michael Wacha in rotation, pitting Jacob deGrom against Justin Verlander to open the series in the Cy Young Award-winning battle. In the simulation, Verlander did not experience a groin injury that needed surgery, as he did in real life.
“It was fun, but it was rather strange at the same time, to think that this was all we had,” Cohen said. “But I think people will enjoy it, because we sit and we call it a game, which we haven’t done in a while.”
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