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Jerry Manuel's Mets are amazingest show in town

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In my Friday newspaper column about Jerry Manuel's media relations, I took a little shot at Willie Randolph, suggesting he could use a front row seat if Manuel gave a seminar for other managers.

That was before I read about Joe Girardi's testy media session Thursday night. I should have mentioned Joe along with Willie among those who could benefit from Manuel's example.

The column also quotes SNY's Gary Cohen, both about Manuel and about Cohen's emotional outburst during Wednesday's loss.

I listened to the boys again last night, and they are getting increasingly unshy about rooting for the Amazin's.

It's a fine line for any hometown announcing team, especially in emotional times such as these, and SNY's trio is walking it.

Still, Cohen is among the best in the business at capturing a dramatic moment and using words creatively. After Ryan Church's spectacular slide and subsequent dive into home Thursday, Gary called it "playing Twister in the mud."

Win or lose, the Mets deliver as entertainment. Thursday's game averaged 5.7 percent of area homes, peaking at 9.4 from 10:15 to 10:30 p.m.

(The post-game did a 2.8, nearly double the 1.5 for the Yankees GAME.)

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