What’s the deal with “final strike” calls?
Jerry Seinfeld wants to know after he was evidently watching the Mets on Thursday night and once again picked a bone with Gary Cohen about the SNY broadcaster saying the Nationals were down to their last strike.
“Gary, you are the best,” Seinfeld tweeted. “But, it is not technically correct with 2 outs and 2 strikes in the 9th to say, ‘The Nats are down to their final strike.’ Because a base hit gives them at least 2 more strikes. It would be accurate to say, ‘The Mets NEED only one strike.’”
The comedian and longtime Mets fan’s grievance came as the Mets beat the Nationals 3-2 and kept their slim playoff hopes alive at least for one more day.
It’s not the first time Seinfeld, whose connection to the trio started with Keith Hernandez appearing on his show, has made this argument regarding the common baseball term. When he visited the SNY booth last season, he took it up directly with Cohen.
“You understand, that’s enhancing the drama of the moment, so that if the Mets pull it out, it feels like they’ve come back from the brink,” Cohen said.
“Is that really why you do it?” Seinfeld replied before the booth broke into laughter. “Are you just too lazy to say ‘potentially’ because it’s too many syllables. Maybe that’s the reason.”
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