Mets announcer rips 'disgusting' Skyline Chili during game vs. Reds


WXIX 20 July, 2021 - 10:33am 7 views

Why is Luis Rojas suspended?

Luis Rojas was suspended for two games following his ejection and on-field antics in Sunday's win over the Pirates. Major League Baseball announced that in addition to the suspension, which was the result of “excessive arguing,” Rojas was also fined an undisclosed amount. New York Daily NewsMets' Luis Rojas suspended 2 games for ‘excessive arguing’ with umps

Why was Mets manager suspended today?

CINCINNATI — New York Mets manager Luis Rojas was suspended Monday for two games and fined for excessive arguing with umpires, an outburst that followed a bizarre play a day earlier at Pittsburgh. Rojas was to begin serving his suspension Monday night at Cincinnati. He said he was not offered the chance to appeal. The Washington PostMets manager Rojas suspended 2 games for outburst

Monday’s broadcast on SNY returned to the bottom of the sixth inning with a shot of Skyline Chili.

Cohen, upon seeing a 5-way being made, did not hold back on his opinion of Skyline.

At one point, the Mets announcer decided to unload by calling it, “the disgusting chili gravy.”

Gary Cohen (Mets announcer) woke up this morning and decided to absolutely massacre Skyline Chilli

Cohen finished his thoughts with, “Try it once and then you’ll never eat it again.”

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SNY's Gary Cohen on Skyline Chili: 'Try it once, and then you'll never eat it again'

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When analyst Ron Darling said he'd never tried Skyline and asked if he should, Cohen replied: "I would recommend - you need to try everything once. OK? What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Try it once, and then you'll never eat it again."

Video via Twitter from New York Post's Andrew Marchand:

The Mets' broadcasters are not in Cincinnati for the series.

Earlier this year, local real estate developer and Reds co-owner Tom Williams bought a stake in the Skyline Chili restaurant chain for an undisclosed sum.

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Mets manager Luis Rojas suspended for 'excessive' outburst

New York Post 20 July, 2021 - 06:10pm

By Mike Puma

July 19, 2021 | 4:42pm | Updated July 20, 2021 | 12:40am

CINCINNATI – As the Mets prepared to open their series against the Reds on Monday, manager Luis Rojas was trying to figure out from where he would watch the game. He ultimately settled on a suite at Great American Ball Park.

The dugout and clubhouse weren’t options, after Rojas was suspended two games by MLB’s senior vice president of on-field operations Michael Hill for his outburst at the umpires a day earlier in Pittsburgh.

Bench coach Dave Jauss, who assumed the managerial reins for the final 8 ²/₃ innings on Sunday after Rojas was ejected, will guide the team through Tuesday night’s game.

Rojas said he was “a little upset” to receive the notification he had been suspended and fined (the amount was undisclosed), but had no recourse. Unlike players who can appeal suspensions, managers have no such option for a hearing.

“The explanation in the letter is excessive argument,” Rojas said. “Let’s get started with the suspension and let’s get it over with and I can’t wait to get back in the dugout and watch the guys play a game from my seat.”

Rojas went ballistic in the first inning at PNC Park after plate umpire Jeremy Riggs ruled that Kevin Newman’s squib along the third-base line was a fair ball. Taijuan Walker had believed the ball was foul and swatted it toward the dugout, and stood in disbelief arguing as all three runners on base scored. Rojas — who on Monday still maintained the ball was foul — was immediately ejected and had to be restrained from going after Reed by crew chief Larry Vanover and members of the Mets’ coaching staff.

“The ball starts foul and it’s tailing back toward foul territory,” Rojas said. “And as the ball is rolling I don’t think it touches the line at all. I just think it’s close to the edge, but there is still a small separation between the ball and the line and that’s when Walker touches it. When Walker touches it, it’s still foul.”

Walker later told Rojas, according to the manager, that he believed the ball had entered the dugout and that is why he didn’t bother pursuing it as the Pirates cleared the bases.

Rojas’ ejection may have fired up the Mets, who rallied from a six-run deficit to win 7-6 after Michael Conforto homered in the ninth, but the manager reiterated that his outburst wasn’t intended to motivate the team.

“My intention will always be to fight for the guys out there and when plays like this happen, what can you do?” he said. “I would love to have a play like that be reviewable, even though it’s in front of the umpires. I think we can take advantage of technology even though the play is right there.”

Rojas is allowed in the clubhouse pregame for meetings and on the field to throw batting practice during his suspension, but has to vacate the scene before first pitch.

“Nothing changes here,” Rojas said. “At this point we all know each other very well. Since this group [of coaches] got together, we shared how we operate and how we think pregame and throughout the game and how we use data and different ways to prepare and how we make some decisions in-game as well.

“We do a lot of meetings and we know how we’re going to approach each team so there is nothing that changes. I am just going to sit back wherever I can to watch the game and be cheering on the guys.”

Mets mash seven home runs for wild 11-inning win over Reds

New York Post 20 July, 2021 - 06:10pm

By Mike Puma

July 20, 2021 | 12:05am | Updated July 20, 2021 | 1:32am

CINCINNATI — Just another wild night at the ballpark for the Mets, with homers flying, a deficit erased and a game decided in the final inning.

The Mets took a gut punch in one such game over the weekend but have distributed two straight uppercuts to mitigate the damage since.

Kevin Pillar and Michael Conforto delivered the knockout, with homers in the 11th inning Monday night, that helped ice the Mets’ second straight victory, 15-11 over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Mets blasted seven homers, a season high.

After Jeff McNeil’s RBI single gave the Mets an 11-10 lead in the 11th inning, Pillar crushed a three-run homer against Ryan Hendrix, and Conforto followed with his second blast of the game.

“I keep using the quote that we’re built for this, and tonight was a perfect example,” Pillar said. “I was the last guy on the bench, we had two new pitchers brought up today, we had some guys who were unavailable in the bullpen because they had covered so many innings [Sunday], and no one flinched.”

This victory came with bench coach Dave Jauss directing the team, as manager Luis Rojas began serving a two-game suspension for “excessive arguing” with the umpires in Sunday’s comeback victory over the Pirates. Jauss managed the final 8 ²/₃ innings after Rojas was ejected Sunday. The Mets rallied to win that one on Conforto’s two-run homer in the ninth, after falling in a six-run hole.

Anthony Banda, who was selected from Triple-A Syracuse before Monday’s game to provide the Mets with a fresh reliever, secured the victory by getting four outs in the 10th and 11th innings. Trevor May recorded the final two outs, ending a game that extended to 4 hours, 45 minutes.

“You don’t even realize it was a five-hour game or whatever it was because of all the action going on,” James McCann said.

Banda got Eugenio Suarez to hit into a double play in the 10th inning, after the Reds had tied it 10-10 on Tyler Naquin’s RBI single. The Reds added another run against Banda in the 11th after the Mets’ explosion.

“The best thing that I say is the young man came in and he threw strikes,” Jauss said. “I love pitchers that throw strikes. We love pitchers that throw strikes, and he came in and competed and threw strikes, got the big double-play ball on Suarez — they took really good at-bats against him in the 10th and they put across that one run, but he saved it until we could score more in the 11th inning.”

Edwin Diaz suffered a third straight blown save — a career first — allowing an RBI double to Jesse Winker with two outs in the ninth that tied it, 9-9. Diaz walked the inning’s leadoff hitter, Kyle Farmer, on four pitches, setting up his latest meltdown. Diaz challenged Winker with first base open and two outs and watched as pinch-runner Aristides Aquino raced home from second with the tying run.

On Saturday in Pittsburgh, the right-hander drilled the first batter he faced and loaded the bases with two outs before surrendering a walk-off grand slam to Jacob Stallings.

McCann’s second big hit in as many at-bats on this night, an RBI single in the 10th inning, had staked the Mets to a 10-9 lead.

McCann blasted his team’s fifth homer of the night, a pinch-hit, two-run shot in the eighth against Josh Osich that gave the Mets a 9-8 lead.

Jerad Eickhoff, victimized by porous defense, allowed seven runs, five of which were unearned, on six hits, one walk and two hit batters over 3 ²/₃ innings. The veteran right-hander managed to keep the ball in the park after surrendering six homers in his previous two appearances combined.

Luis Guillorme’s first error of the night, on Tyler Stephenson’s grounder, pulled the Reds within 3-1 after Jonathan India’s leadoff double and Winker’s ensuing single. Joey Votto was hit by a pitch and Naquin followed with a two-run double that tied the game. Shogo Akiyama’s sacrifice fly put the Mets in a 4-3 hole to end the first inning.

It got especially ugly for the Mets in the second, when they committed three errors — two on one play by Guillorme — that allowed the Reds to take a 7-3 lead.

After Eickhoff drilled India leading off the inning, Winker hit a grounder to second that McNeil grabbed, but threw low to Guillorme covering the base. The error was charged to McNeil, on a play Guillorme likely should have completed. Stephenson followed with a grounder that Guillorme, in his haste to get the force at third, fumbled. Guillorme exacerbated matters by swiping the ball past J.D. Davis for a second error on the play, allowing India to score. Voto and Naquin followed with consecutive RBI singles.

Conforto launched a two-run homer in the fourth that pulled the Mets within 7-5. Alonso later in the inning delivered an RBI single. Eickhoff, who had bunted for a single in the inning, was held at third — a questionable decision with two outs — and never scored.

Dominic Smith’s blast leading off the fifth was the Mets’ fourth of the night and tied it 7-7. The homer was Smith’s 10th of the season, joining him with Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor as Mets players in double digits.

The Mets jumped on starter Vladimir Gutierrez for three fast runs. After Brandon Nimmo singled leading off the game, Alonso homered into the left-field seats. McNeil followed with a homer.

Gary Cohen Took a Flamethrower to Skyline Chili

The Big Lead 20 July, 2021 - 06:10pm

Cohen is not a fan of the Cincinnati delicacy and he was quite demonstrative in his disdain. The locals are not happy about it.

Here's what he had to say:

Gary Cohen going IN on skyline chili is all time.

Oh man, the quotes from this. "First the disgusting chili gravy ... This is supposed to be food that you actually eat ... Try it once and you'll never eat it again"

I dated a girl who took an internship in Cincinnati one summer during college. When I visited she made me go to Skyline and try it. It tasted like dog food with noodles and a pound of waxy cheese. I ate a few bites and threw it in the bottom of a garbage container where it belonged. She was a big fan and -- I don't mind telling you this -- it was the beginning of the end of that relationship.

Keep fighting the good fight, Gary. And get some better food, Cincy.

Doc's Morning Line: Credit to David Bell for keeping the Reds competitive for this long

The Cincinnati Enquirer 20 July, 2021 - 06:10pm

Managers who get the most from their players are generally managers who trust their players the most. With Castellanos in the clubhouse, Bell doesn’t have to be a forceful presence. He can work on setting a tone, which is the most important  thing any manager does.

The players have played to expectations. If the Reds had a bullpen, they’d be exceeding expectations. They don’t.    

Chappy was Baker’s security blanket and the manager’s best chance at having a long and prosperous stay in Cincinnati.

The Nasty Boys were so good in ’90, every game was six innings. Opponents knew if they didn’t jump on the Reds starter early and the Reds took a lead, it was lights out. That had a powerful psychological effect.

THE NL’S ONLY GOOD TEAMS PLAY ON THE PACIFIC OCEAN. The Mets are a 1st-place team? Haha. They don’t defend, their bullpen showed its flammability last night, they don’t hit enough to overcome the loss of DeGrom. The Brewers have a little of the It Factor to them. It’s one Woodruff/Burnes arm ache from disappearing.

San Diego, SF and the Dodgers would make short work of either of those teams in October.

AS FOR CINCINNATI’S “DELICACY’’? Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen ripped our chili last night. That didn’t help our longstanding and permanent inferiority complex when it comes to how we are viewed outside the great state of Ohio. (Within the great state, we shrug off our critics. The Republic of Cincinnati is the Republic of Cincinnati, and you are not. Deal with it.)

(1)  Who cares what a Noo Yawk guy thinks about chili? And. . .

(2)  Cohen might not be right. But he’s not wrong, either.

It’s an acquired taste. Having lived in Texas, I can tell you I’d pick that chili over our goop eight days out of seven. Our chili isn’t even chili to Texans, who make their red with chuck roast, chile paste and their imaginations. It’s fabulous. Almost as good as their brisket.

If you acquire the taste, it’s an easy, cheap dinner that tastes pretty good. Any dad who spent any time making dinner for the family loves the ease of Skyline or Gold Star. And I’ve never known a kid who didn’t like it. My 35-year-old son (who lives in Brooklyn) takes cans of it back with him when he visits.

Traffic, outrageous housing costs, stupid-high real estate taxes. Spend a month living on Long Island, then tell me how great New York is. Next time you’re in the airport for an extended layover, try this:

Park yourself at a gate where the airplane arriving next is coming in from LaGuardia. Notice the expressions on the people’s faces as they emerge from the jetway.

PETE, THE GIFT (OF GAB) THAT KEEPS ON GIVING. . . A fair portion of folks living here now weren’t alive 32 years ago, when Baseball banned the Hit King. Another fair portion weren’t living here, weren’t baseball fans or knew anything about the guy. And yet. . .

That was our guy Peter Edward to Enquirer columnist Jason Williams a few days back.

Racists attend church, if only to ask forgiveness.

Bad people give away money, if only to paper their badness. I’m not saying Marge was a bad person, only that throwing money at causes didn’t make her a good one.

I’m not qualified to say she was. Barry Larkin never said she was. Eric Davis had a good relationship with her, mostly. Dave Parker did not. You wouldn’t either, probably, if someone referred to you as a “million-dollar N-word.’’

NL president Bill White had less than no use for her.

She had a fondness for cheap vodka – Kamchatka, to be exact – that brought out her less attractive side.

Her words, for certain. Her essence? It’s one thing not to know any better. It’s another to flaunt it.

I wouldn’t damn Marge for who she was. But I’d keep my distance. There is room for both money and class in every life.

He made, IMO, four great albums: For Everyman, Late For The Sky, The Pretender and I’m Alive. The latter emerged from the sadness he felt after breaking up with actress Darryl Hannah. One tune on that album – Sky Blue and Black – is arguably the best he’s ever written, and that’s saying something.

Mets commentator dunks on maligned Cincinnati chili: 'Try it once, and you’ll never eat it again'

WCPO 20 July, 2021 - 06:10pm

New York Mets announcer Gary Cohen took a swing of his own during Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.

In a SportsNet New York clip recorded during the game, Cohen took a break from his play-by-play of the game to comment on a video showing the preparation of Cincinnati’s signature dish.

You know it as Skyline chili. Cohen knows it as a reason to invoke Nietzche.

“This is the local delicacy knows as Skyline chili: The five-way,” he says in the clip, which was posted to Twitter by New York Post sports reporter Andrew Marchand.

Gary Cohen just torching Skyline chili

— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) July 20, 2021

The video he’s watching shows white-gloved hands dressing a bowl of Skyline spaghetti. Co-commentator Ron Darling makes a noise of revulsion and disbelief.

Darling: Five-way?

Cohen: First, the disgusting chili gravy, the onions…

Darling: What do you put on this? Do you put some mustard, or…?

Cohen: Wait a second. After the onions comes the cheese, and that’s what makes it the five-way. Here we go. They put, like, 10 tons of shredded cheese on there, and this is supposed to be food that you actually eat.

Darling: Does the cheese melt, or is that…?

Cohen: Ronnie, have you ever had Skyline chili?

Darling: I have not, I have not.

Cohen: I would recommend—

Darling: Not having it?

Cohen: Well, no, you need to try everything once. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Try it once, and you’ll never eat it again.

The Mets added injury to insult by beating the Reds 15-11 in an extra-innings shootout.

Cohen’s appraisal of Cincinnati’s favorite foodstuff is the latest in a long line of public rebukes to the unique dish. In a 2013 Deadspin ranking of each state’s signature foodstuff, Cincinnati chili ranked No. 52.

No. 51 was getting hit by a car.


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