That takes us to the state of the team right now. I'm sure if Bob Murphy was still broadcasting the games today, even he'd be disappointed in effort that the team is showing when they are at bat. He'd definitely make the listener feel comfortable, but even he would be upset with this. I bet he'd handle it well though. This is the same man who broadcasted the 1962 Mets, a team that finished last every year through 1967, the Mets of the late 1970s and early 1980s and the later teams I mentioned earlier. Would this team bother him, or would it just be recapped in another edition of Mets Yearbook? I think the latter.
Though Mets fans have been blessed with a great TV broadcasting team of Cohen and former Mets Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling (and Bob Ojeda doing pre and post games), and Rose and Josh Lewin on radio, its hard not to miss the classic calls of Murphy. His call of the ball going through Bill Buckner's legs in 1986 and his Lenny Dykstra HR call over the Astros in the NLCS in the same year were two of my favorites. I remember sitting at home listening to the 1990 Mets/ Phillies game, the one that the Mets had leads of 9-0 and 10-3 (going into the 9th inning). I also remember it was Darling who was one of the relief pitchers in the game for the Mets. The Phillies had come back to make it 10-9 and had the tying and go-ahead runs on base. His call became one of his trademarks: "Here's the pitch on the way. Line drive -- caught! The game is over! The Mets win it! A line drive to Mario Diaz and the Mets win the ballgame! They win the damn thing by a score of 10 to 9!"
Times like this make you miss his calls and the whole way he went about it. Some of us used Bob Murphy's birthday (September 19th) as a reminder that the season was almost over. At least some friends that watched the Mets in the early 1960s and late 1970s. Its amazing that its been over eight years that Bob Murphy has been gone.