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Memo to Keith Hernandez: please stop enjoying watching Matt Harvey pitch

Apr 19, 2013, 9:41 AM EDT

Keith Hernandez

That’s the message from Daily News media guy Bob Raissman to Mets color guy Keith Hernandez:

Pull back on the gaga factor. If you don’t, crossing over from analyst into Fan Boy territory is easy to do. Hernandez has not crossed that line but definitely straddled it … Hernandez should have limited the reminders and let the pictures do the talking. Instead he delivered lines like: “I’m just enjoying watching this man work.” Or how Harvey was “executing” pitches. Or how “relentless” Harvey was. This was evident just by watching. Hernandez was “enjoying” Harvey’s performance so much he often stated the obvious, something he rarely does.

Being a fanboy is bad for broadcasters when it causes them to ignore what’s happening in front of their faces (see Harrelson, Hawk). But what’s the harm in a guy actually marveling at a marvelous talent? If Harvey has a bad game and Hernandez blames it on the umps or becomes some sort of apologist, fine, he may be too in the bag.  But do we really expect announcers to not enjoy what they’re seeing from time to time? Especially if the announcer, like Hernandez, almost always plays it straight-up otherwise?

  1. bfunk1978 - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    He’s just mad that Hernandez has all that hair on which he can use Just For Men, whereas Raissman is limited to just the Mustache and Beard Brush-in Color Gel

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      he is jealous of Keiths Stach…..
      Raissman writes about athletes, Keith was an Athlete.
      game over!

      • kevinbnyc - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        Didn’t he shave his mustache last year? I haven’t watched a game yet this year, so it’s possible he grew it back and I wasn’t informed.

  2. latchbeam - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Question: “Who does this guy think he is?”.
    Answer: “I’m Keith Hernandez!”

  3. Ben - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    How can you not get a bit giddy about that fastball?

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      the kid is the real deal. I think Keith is just happy they
      have a good pitcher like the one Keith saw in Doc.

  4. crispybasil - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    The Mets haven’t exactly had a steady stream of good news over the past few years, either. Having a talent like Harvey is great for the fans, but I’m sure that it’s nice for analysts to be able to focus on a bright spot.

  5. waiverclaim - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    How can the above memo exist, when Hawk Harrelson exists?

  6. stackers1 - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Raissman is a jackov. Keith Hernandez is the last guy you can describe as a “Fanboy”. He is very critical of the Mets when they mess up. It’s refreshing to hear a home team announcer call their own guys out when they do something wrong. I’m a Yankee fan & Hernandez would never make it as a Yankee announcer because the YES Network and the Yankees wouldn’t stand for it.

    • djpostl - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      Exactly. If Hernandez is willing to get on them when they do something wrong then by all means if he wants to enjoy a bright spot far from me (also a Yankee fan) to say anything.

      If he goes full blown douche nozzle like Hawk (or that idiot Gary Thorne from MASN) then maybe I’ll think differently but right now he is just “calling it like he sees it”.

  7. cruuuzcontrol - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Keith should definitely not be accused of homerism… He was harumphing his way through the last 2 innings yesterday against the Rockies as the Mets bullpen was allowing hit after hit, in a very “these guys suck” kind of way. This was just a lame excuse for a column from Raissman… I guess his Mad Libs-esque “Derek Jeter being out may affect YES’ ratings!” column wasn’t quite ready.

  8. mybrunoblog - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Damn, Hernandez had a glorious mustache. RIP Mustache.

  9. jwbiii - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Mets fans should enjoy watching other pitchers pitch. Like R.A. Dickey.

    Eyeroll.

    • djpostl - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      Clearly you have’t seen Dickey pitch much this year he’s been pretty much mixed bag and his two good starts were against two teams that aren’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball (CWS & KC).

  10. Gobias Industries - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I heard Keith asked Matt if he’d help him move. And Matt said yes! How could he prostitute himself like that? What’s next, he’s going to start driving Keith to the airport?!

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Keith is the third man in the booth, brought in to provide color. He is not the play-by-play guy, or the analyst.

    How in the hell does anyone from the DAILY NEWS criticize another human being for a lack of objective reporting?

  12. gza385 - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Raissman is a hack. Literally every column he writes is a rant nit-picking the local sports broadcasters.

  13. xpensivewinos - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Personally, I get more annoyed listening to him talk about his own career ad nauseam. We get it, you’re impressed with yourself.

    He’s a lousy announcer, but he definitely mixes in his fair share of criticism towards the Mets.

    Seems like an odd guy. I enjoy watching the Mets broadcasts because it seems like he could say something unbelievably stupid or offensive at any moment. Makes the game more interesting…….

  14. gibbskins9 - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Raissman SUCKS and is a BLOW HARD, I’m a Yankee fan, if the Yanks ever have a great talent like Harvey I would love to hear the announcers rave over him, It’s been a long time for Mets fans to have something to look forwarded to. Keith KEEP IT UP.

  15. thebadguyswon - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Misguided on Raisman’s part. Keith is no fan boy at all – he levels criticism whenever he thinks its warranted. Ask Ike Davis.

  16. onbucky96 - Apr 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Also see Gruden, Jon.

    • djpostl - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Not enough thumbs ups for that one lol

  17. doclolly - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    I heard Keith asked Harvey to help him move to his new apartment

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