Chris Majkowski's milestone makes it to Citi Field scoreboard

WFAN's Chris Majkowski is seen outside the radio WFAN's Chris Majkowski is seen outside the radio booth at Shea Stadium. (May 29, 2006) Photo Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan

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Chris Majkowski figured Gary Cohen on SNY and Howie Rose on WFAN might refer to the 20th anniversary of the last Mets game he missed as a radio producer/engineer.

What he did not expect Wednesday night was to see his milestone noted on the Citi Field scoreboard, and with a cake in the booth.

"I didn't see it coming at all,'' he said Thursday. "I was just hoping if Gary mentioned me, I wouldn't be caught on camera picking my nose. It was kind of neat -- really neat.''

Not as neat as the feat itself. Majkowski, 46, has been on the job since early in the 1993 season and last missed a game when his mother ordered him to attend his sister Lisa's wedding on Aug. 7, 1993.

The Mets split a doubleheader with the Pirates without him that day and since have played 3,210 regular-season and playoff games with Majkowski overseeing the radio account.

Majkowski, a Herricks High and Fordham alum, acknowledged that his schedule, which includes a broad array of sports events in addition to his work with the Mets, has made a social life difficult to manage. But he has no regrets.

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"I always say it beats working for a living, and it still does,'' he said. "If I get tired of it, then I'll maybe go and do something else, but I don't see that happening. Hopefully I've got another 20 in me.''

Majkowski has seen it all in his two decades around the team -- other than a World Series championship, of course. His all-time favorite play remains Robin Ventura's "grand-slam single'' in the 1999 NLCS.

Wednesday's milestone night also provided a neat bit of historical symmetry.

Matt Harvey pitched a four-hit shutout against the Rockies. The first Mets game Majkowski worked (before the streak began) was May 7, 1993, and featured another Mets pitcher of note.

Dwight Gooden threw a four-hit shutout against the Marlins that night.

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