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Who says MLB’s new pace of play rules doesn’t leave any time for the Best Booth in Baseball to have fun between pitches?

During the Mets’ series finale win on Sunday in Miami, SNY play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen shared a little-known fact about himself. He played football as a kid, and the only position he ever played was center.

Yes, really. The whole story is pretty great, as is Keith Hernandez’s reaction to Gare’s position on the football field:

Comparing himself to former Jets center Nick Mangold made it even better. Now, if you’re wondering, “Why is he talking about having hair?” and you haven’t seen the best picture of Cohen ever, you’re in luck. Here’s a picture of him from what I believe is his college days:


This bit about Pop Warner Football was just one of a handful of funny moments between Gary Cohen, Hernandez, and Ron Darling during New York’s first regular-season series of 2023. Cohen also unleashed a terrific call while trying to describe Jeff McNeil making a play at second base.

Who knows what else we’ll learn about our beloved trio of announcers as the season wears on?

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Matt Musico is an editor for ESNY. He’s been writing about baseball and the Mets for the past decade. His work has been featured on numberFire, MetsMerized Online, Bleacher Report, and Yahoo! Sports.