'The Immortal' Chris Majkowski hits a milestone
Chris Majkowski figured Gary Cohen on SNY and Howie Rose on WFAN might refer Wednesday night to the 20th anniversary of the last Mets game he missed as a radio producer/engineer.
What he did not expect was to see his milestone noted on the Citi Field scoreboard, and with a cake in the booth.
“I didn’t see it coming at all,’’ he said Thursday. “I was just hoping if Gary mentioned me I wouldn’t be caught on camera picking my nose. It was kind of neat – really neat.’’
Not as neat as the feat itself. Majkowski has been on the job since early in the 1993 season and last missed a game when his mother ordered him to attend his sister Lisa’s wedding on Aug. 7, 1993.
The Mets split a doubleheader with the Pirates without him that day, and since have played 3,210 regular- season and playoff games with him overseeing the radio account.
Majkowski, 46, a Herricks High and Fordham alum, acknowledged that his schedule, which includes a broad array of sports events in addition to his work with the Mets, has made a social life difficult to manage. But he has no regrets.
“I always say it beats working for a living, and it still does,’’ he said. “If I get tired of it then I’ll maybe go and do something else, but I don’t see that happening. Hopefully I’ve got another 20 in me.’’
Majkowski has seen it all in his two decades around the team – other than a World Series championship, of course. His all-time favorite play remains Robin Ventura’s “grand slam single’’ in the 1999 NLCS.
Wednesday's milestone night also provided a bit of historical symmetry.
Matt Harvey pitched a four-hit shutout against the Rockies. The first Mets game Majkowski worked (before the streak began) was May 7, 1993 and featured another Mets pitcher of note.
Dwight Gooden threw a four-hit shutout against the Marlins that night.