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Insult to Injury

Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen murders Skyline Chili on live TV as Mets beat Reds in extras

On Monday night, the New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds played a wild one. Sending Jack Eickhoff and Vladimir Gutierrez to the mound at the Great American (hitter’s) Ballpark, perhaps that was to be expected, but no one could predicted what happened next. After the bottom of the first it was 3-0 Mets. After one it was 4-3 Reds. By the end of the second inning, the Mets’ Luis Guillorme, filling in for injured starting shortstop Francisco Lindor, had three errors to his name. It was a mess of a game that saw the Mets hit seven home runs, Edwin Diaz blow his third straight save, and the Reds’ Jonathan India reach base six times. It went 11 innings, lasted 4 hours and 45 minutes, and will likely go down as one of the weirdest games of the 2021 MLB season when all is said and done. If you don't have five free hours on your hands, here are the highlights.

Ultimately the Mets prevailed 15-11, thanks to a three-run Kevin Pillar jack (followed by Michael Conforto’s second dinger of the night) in the top of the 11th. But as it turned out, the loss was just salt in the wound for the Reds. Unbeknownst to them, Mets play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen was already going viral for his sixth-inning attack on the iconic Cincinnati substance known as Skyline Chili, and by the time the ballgame was over, there was no stopping the wave of mutilation.

Oof. Tough night across the board for the Reds, who dropped their fourth straight out of the All-Star break, and the city of Cincinnati on the whole, who now have one-million-plus coastal elites pointing at their prized spaghetti dish and laughing. But the night is always darkest before the dawn and the Reds head to Citi Field later this month with a chance to get even. Just don't make fun of the pastrami. That sh*t is sacred.