1. But how do you really feel, Gary Cohen?
It’s not often that a play-by-play player drops the hammer on a league in a direct and ruthless way, but Mets announcer Gary Cohen had enough of instant replay in the majors and let it rip last night.
After the first base umpire at the Mets-Orioles missed a call at first base, the replay team missed the call again after taking a long look at the video.
Cohen’s anger was twofold. His displeasure began with the time it took for the umpires to review the play, in which Baltimore Ryan mountcastle he was called safely in the back of the double play even though he was out.
“These are the ones that just make you pull out what hair you have left. There is simply no reason this should take that long. Are you worried about the pace of the game? Nothing slows the pace of play more than this. “
Well that was just the appetizer. Once the referees confirmed the safe decision, Cohen gave us the main course.
“They take a long time and they are wrong. I just do not get it. How can it be? What’s the point of having a review if they don’t even get the calls correctly? It’s pathetic. It’s just pathetic. Just take the whole system and throw it away. … It’s a prank. It’s a complete and utter joke. “
This is what made Cohen’s message so effective. He didn’t scream, he didn’t go crazy, nothing histrionic. He kept his voice level at all times and only used his words and tone to make his point.
Of course, it’s a bit easier for a baseball announcer to get away with crushing the league this way. MLB doesn’t have the kind of power over its television universe that, let’s say, soccer does. Imagine an NFL announcer saying exactly those words on a television broadcast? Roger Goodell would drop the guillotine on that person in the blink of an eye.
But still, kudos to Cohen for not hitting.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.