Thursday, April 03, 2008

Murph's Booth: So, What Do We Talk About?

(Ed. note -- I decided if I was to blog about any games this season I listened to only on the radio, I must name it after the booth at Shea named for the late Bob Murphy)

Since last night seemed to be the only one on the docket the week without rain in the forecast, I packed up my cart and my pocket AM/FM radio and went down to Clean Rite to wash my clothes. And after three hours of listening to the always awesome Howie Rose and his new partner, the laid back Wayne Hagin, I must say it's a work in progress. That's understandable, considering it was only the third game of the season and they only worked a couple of spring training games together. Rose seemed a bit tentative at times, as if he wasn't sure how to draw Hagin into the conversation as he did play-by-play. And Hagin seems a step behind the play at times, but I did find his relaxed style appealing after three hours. (Maybe if it were the Mets getting blown out I'd have a different opinion, but let's hope we never find out.) Hagin -- who obviously doesn't know the ins and outs of the Mets history like Rose does -- did offer up some interesting anecdotes drawn from his previous stops as the play-by-play man for the Giants, Rockies and Cardinals. I'll be interested to hear how their chemistry develops over this season.

PS: Zoe at Pick Me Up Some Mets has started a drinking game to play when The Terrific Trio are in the booth. Thank goodness I'm on the wagon for April or I would be dead.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Guys, did you happen to see Kevin Burkhardt interview Gov. Patterson at the Shea opener (sorry to being it up)? He is a real Mets fan-- going all the way back to '64. Mayor Bloomberg was ridiculous in his orange sweater-- saying when he goes to Yankee games, he wears blue. Jackass! Don't you know you're not supposed to mention them in Shea, except to say they suck?

But Patterson told a story remembering Murph calling some kind of big fight "a Pier 6 brawl"! Just hearing that made me feel all warm and fuzzy (briefly). I keep saying "Pier 6 brawl" to myself, every so often. ;)