It happens to most of them eventually, most recently Michael Kay with the Yankees in 2009 and Sam Rosen with the Rangers in 2014.
Now it is Gary Cohen’s turn.
“It”s tough,” Cohen said before Game 1, for which he worked for SNY before and after the Mets-Royals game, but not during it.
Local TV play-by-play men understand when they sign up for the job that after calling games during the long slog of the regular season, they will be shoved aside by network announcers for most or all of the playoffs.
It hurts most when the team advances to the championship round.
“I’ve been a fan of this team since I was 6 and I’ve been broadcasting for this team for 27 years and in that period of time they’ve never won a World Series,” Cohen said.
“It’s difficult to think about not being there if they reach their ultimate goal. Fortunately I get to play a small part on the sidelines, but you know, it’s not the same. It’s the first time I’ve ever been in this situation.”
Cohen was on the radio side for the 2000 World Series but since 2006 he was been the lead Mets’ TV play-by-play man. He did work select innings on the radio during the 2006 playoffs, which ended with a Game 7 loss in the NLCS.
“For as much as I’ve known for 10 years that this was going to happen eventually, the reality is tough,” he said. “I am thrilled for Howie [Rose] and Josh [Lewin] and Wayne [Randazzo] and they’re doing a great job. We’ve been running their calls on our postgame show and it gives me chills just to hear that, but it’s difficult.”
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