Nobody was happy about the way the Mets won their Thursday afternoon game against the Marlins – not even their broadcast team.
The Mets completed perhaps the most controversial victory of the early season when, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Michael Conforto leaned into a pitch that was clearly in the strike zone and should have been called strike three. Instead, the umpires ruled he was hit by a pitch, walking in the winning run.
After replay, the call was upheld, but the Mets’ SNY broadcasting team of Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez were not afraid to call out what everyone saw.
Right away, a shocked Cohen said, “It hit Conforto, he made no effort to get out of the way, it was a strike, but he didn’t move.” On a replay, the broadcasters confirmed that he leaned into it, and appeared sure they would bring the call back, arguing whether or not the play was reviewable.
When the call stood, the broadcasters didn’t celebrate, and instead appeared dejected and frustrated even though their team walked away with a victory.
“They’re trying to get it right. They don’t get it right. So why even have replay?” Darling asked.
Home plate umpire Ron Kulpa later admitted to blowing the call, saying, “I should have called him out.”
The result is the result, and the Mets won their home opener, bringing their record to 2-2 on the young season.