The Mets were playing host to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
The Mets and Phillies are both clear postseason contenders and share the NL East division, which means the two ballclubs see a lot of each other.
But while on the air last night, Hernandez told us all how he really feels about the Phils.
Hernandez publicly admitted that he doesn’t like to broadcast games when the Mets are playing the Phillies, citing that the Phillies have “always been just not up to it” when it comes to fundamentals and defense.
Stephanie Apstein of ESPN tweeted about what Hernandez said on the air during last night’s game.
Keith Hernandez just said on the Mets broadcast that he has asked SNY not to make him call games against the Phillies because he doesn't like watching them play.
"As far as fundamentally and defensively, the Phillies have always been just not up to it."
— Stephanie Apstein (@stephapstein) August 10, 2022
Tell Us How You Really Feel, Keith
Hernandez made one thing perfectly clear.
He does not like to broadcast games when the Mets are playing the Phillies, which is somewhat surprising as of now, considering that both teams are right in the thick of the postseason chase.
But even if they weren’t, it’s shocking that Hernandez would say that on the air.
You don’t usually hear broadcasters talk about how they don’t like watching other teams play, regardless of whether the team struggles with fundamentals and defense or not.
This is a first for a lot of people.
That might draw the ire of his bosses at SNY.
It’s not the worst thing he could have said, but still, one would expect that a broadcaster would be a little bit more mindful when choosing his or her words while on the air.
It was certainly an interesting choice of words by Hernandez, and we’ll see what becomes of the situation.