The New York Mets’ television announcers had a last-minute change to their broadcast in Oakland on Saturday.
SNY’s Gary Cohen and Ron Darling called the game against the Oakland A’s from a different booth because an opossum «makes a home» in the visitors’ broadcast booth.
«So when we came here last September, we were told the story of the ‘RingCentral Coliseum Possum,’ which apparently makes its home in the visitors’ TV booth,» Cohen said at the top of the second inning.
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Cohen said former Mets radio host Wayne Randazzo, now the television voice of the Los Angeles Angels, told the SNY crew that while calling an Angels series against Oakland earlier this season, the opossum » made an appearance during the game in his booth.»
«So they set traps for this possum, but it turned out to be elusive,» Cohen said.
It appeared the plan for Saturday was for Cohen and Darling, a former Mets pitcher, to announce the game from the regular visitor’s booth even though no one «had been in that booth for a few days.»
But when SNY staff entered the booth on Saturday morning, they were forced to make the switch due to a bad smell.
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«They go into the cabin and are immediately met with the stench of the possum that … has relieved itself in the cabin,» Cohen explained. «Apparently the position reeked of possum so much that an executive decision was made to move us to this position.»
«I came here and went to the booth, and people grabbed me, almost knocked me over and pushed me into this booth,» Darling added.
Cohen joked that there is a pole in front of his view, saying he «chose the pole» over the opossum, saying his college basketball play-by-play skills will come in handy.
«I can swing like the best of them,» Cohen said when discussing what he’ll call the game with a restricted view.
The stadium opened in 1966, and the A’s have been candidates to move to another city if they can’t get a new stadium. A new stadium in the Oakland market seems unlikely.
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New York (9-6) won the game, 3-2, and Oakland fell to an MLB-worst 3-12.