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Jerry Seinfeld, Keith Hernandez reunite on SNY
SNY will go with a four-man booth for Tuesday night’s Giants-Mets game, which to one of the four “sounds like a bad idea on its face. I don’t even know if the chairs will fit.’’
So said Jerry Seinfeld in advance of his second stint as a guest analyst and first since 2010. He is set to join Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez for an evening of baseball and kibitzing.
“To spend an evening with Keith, Ron and Gary, I will stand if I have to,’’ he said in a statement issued by SNY. Seinfeld, an avowed fan of studio analyst Bobby Ojeda, will appear with him on the pregame show.
Hernandez, who starred in a memorable, two-part 1992 episode of “Seinfeld’’ called “The Boyfriend,” said he has not spoken to Seinfeld since their 4 1/2 innings together in 2010 but that he “can’t wait’’ for the return engagement.
“I think it’s something we should do every August or September, if we’re in it or out of it,’’ he told Newsday. “It’s good stuff. He’s up on baseball, up on the Mets and he’s funny. He’s Jerry Seinfeld . . . But he’s no different from any other Met fan. He suffers the same things they suffer and feels the same things they do. I'm looking forward to it..’’
Hernandez said Seinfeld would be a welcome change of pace for a telecast that covers a team far out of contention. “I must confess,’’ he said, “that I’ve had my good days and my bad days in September.
"But Gary is always the one that is constantly pushing it and keeping us going forward and keeping us engaged. He's the consummate professional and he keeps doing what he does day in and day out and not letting us slip slide away.
"I do enjoy watching the games. It's still baseball . . . I am sitting up there getting paid to watch baseball games."
Does Hernandez buy the perception that the Mets are headed in the right direction for 2014 and beyond?
"I will say that this a critical winter for Sandy Alderson," he said. "It's a critical winter. We're decimated right now. It's a little bit unfair what’s going on, the injuries to key people. But you've got money freeing up. I think you’ve got some people you can move that other people are interested in. It's just a critical year for Sandy to put something out there that’s competitive next year."
I asked Hernandez about the announcement last week that the Yankees would supplant the Mets on WFAN next season.
"It's just synonymous with Mets baseball," he said. "I guess that's the business side of it. Yes, that will be different not having the FAN doing the Mets broadcasts, but life goes on. I know that a lot of fans are upset, but they'll get used to it. There will be a new thing going on."