This was really cool. In the final season at Shea Stadium, the SNY crew broadcasted a game from the Upper Box level. Here you can see analyst Ron Darling working on the meticulous prep befitting that of an Emmy winner for “Best Sports Analyst” in a very crowded NYC market. Play-by-play man Gary Cohen is going over stuff with staff before going on the air. The other member of the best three-man team in baseball – I’m slightly biased but you’d really be hard pressed to find a better three-person booth in the game – isn’t in the shot but he was also working this game’s broadcast. For the fans, it was a great sight to see the broadcasters working the game in the elements, amidst the crowd, albeit a small one since this was a weekday afternoon game in May. It’s this sort of thing that has made this broadcast team, only in their third year together in 2008, widely acknowledged as one of the best in the biz. Actually, they were lauded as second best earlier this year behind only the legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully. Not a bad place to be, behind a legend like Scully.
This photo was taken on May 15, 2008.