for all the endearing moments the Mets have enjoyed in their relatively brief history, can you imagine a “Metography” on Jerry Grote or Skip Lockwood, Marv Throneberry or Pat Zachry? The team’s history is littered with players who went on to greater success elsewhere — Nolan Ryan, Amos Otis, Ken Singleton and Jeff Kent, to name a few. Heck, even their golden child, Doc Gooden, went on to pitch a no-hitter for the crosstown rivals, winning two championships in the Bronx (along with Darryl Strawberry) to boot. After Tom Seaver, Ed Kranepool and a handful of others, there isn’t much to lionize over the course of a full hour. What are they going to feature? The Art Shamsky Report, Late Night with Ron Swoboda, Fly Fishing with Kevin McReynolds, and Hot Dog Highlights starring Willie Montanez and Lenny Dykstra?
As it turns out, SNY is not likely to resemble YES much at all. “SNY has a very different goal,” says Richard Sandomir, media critic for The New York Times. “It doesn’t want to be known purely as the Mets channel, or a homer station.” Instead, SNY has designs on being a comprehensive sports news station, not just a promotional tool focused primarily around one team.
Detailed plans for SNY have yet to be released, but the early indications are that it intends to become an ambitious news service as well as the flagship station for the Mets and the New York Jets.
Though I touched on this subject in response to some earlier comments, I do think the Mets have a (can of) cornucopia of programming choices at their disposal.
– œKeep Your Pants On ” a reality show that captures Leon Lee™s search for gainful employment
– œI™ll Show You The Bronx – though rejected by the Discovery Channel, this travelogue featurette (Bobby Bo invites trembling reporters to œknock the smile off my face as he provides a guided tour of NYC™s toughest borough) should fill up valuable late night hours for SNY.
– œThe Biggest Loser – the life and times of former Mets hurler Anthony Young.
œRain Delay Theatre with a new twist ” famous moments from the American theatre as performed by ex-Mets. Lenny Dykstra in œDeath of A Salesman”, anyone?