Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mets Quiet Hero Marches Towards Date With Destiny

As the season comes to a close this afternoon at Citi Field, all eyes will be on Mets shortstop Jose Reyes and his pursuit of the NL batting title. But quietly, behind the scenes, another member of the Mets family is chasing history and if he can make it through Wednesday's broadcast without snapping at an idiot fan, SNY's Kevin Burkhardt will break a record that has stood for over forty years.

The record for consecutive games without an incident for a reporter was set back in 1968 by Cubs television personality Johnny "Fuzzy" Feldstein.  On September 12, 1968, Feldstein choked a guy who was chewing gum loudly and interfering with his post game recap, snapping his streak at 372 games. On Tuesday night, Burkhardt tied that mark.

While generally reluctant to speak about the streak, Kevin did tell The Apple this:
 "I don't want to sound arrogant or overconfident but I think I've got it in the bag.  They've thrown it all at me this year; banana phones, drunk guys, weird kids, that guy from the 7 line, my evil twin...if I haven't turned around and smacked any of those people yet why would I do it today.  Eventually, I'm gonna take off my SNY polo and strangle someone with it...but not today. 
The Hall of Fame has sent a representative to collect Kevin's microphone, polo shirt and a sample of his hair if he completes the game.  They will go in the obscure records room next to a collection of Matt Stairs change of address cards.

Much like when Roger Maris hit his record breaking home run in 1961, plenty of tickets are available for tomorrow's contest.  Tickets start at just 10 bucks so come on down and watch Kevin Burkhardt make history.

Oh and that Reyes guy will be doing stuff too.

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