KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Josh Lewin figures to lose money this Sunday, even though he might be working two jobs.
That is because the Mets radio announcer - who also is the San Diego Chargers' radio play-by-play man - has hired a plane to take him from Baltimore, where he will call the 1 p.m. Chargers-Ravens game, to LaGuardia Airport in time for that night's 8:15 p.m. first pitch for Game 5 of the World Series.
Lewin would not say what the plane will cost.
"It's definitely more than I'm getting paid for doing the game, that's for darn sure. But it's a tiptoe through the tulips . . . How often do you get a chance to broadcast a Mets World Series game? I'd pay my way in as a fan. I might as well pay for the plane."
Lewin originally intended to hire a helicopter, but he identified a less expensive option offered by a private plane company that conveniently includes a number of Mets fans.
Many helicopters and planes fly into Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, but Lewin did not want to risk a long drive over two bridges. So it had to be LGA, which is close to Citi Field.
"It's cheaper to get into Teterboro," he said. "But if I'm going to do this I'm going to do it right. I don't want to land and then be stuck in traffic."
The plan is for the plane to take off from Baltimore at 5 p.m. and land in Queens by 5:50.
Lewin missed Game 3 of the NLDS to call a Chargers game, then skipped a Chargers game for Game 2 of the NLCS. He avoided another conflict this past Sunday because the NLCS did not extend to a seventh game.
So Lewin called the Raiders-Chargers game and was due into Kansas City Monday night. He spoke during a layover in Dallas.
"There's just no way I want to miss this," he said of Game 5 of the World Series. "This means too much to me. At the same time I've got a dozen years in with the Chargers and I don't want to leave them hanging.
"I've got nothing to complain about. I'm just happy to have these two great gigs and very fortunate to have bosses who understand the crossover . . . It's on me that I have two gigs on opposite coasts."
Lewin is in his fourth season on Mets games alongside Howie Rose, the past two on WOR (710-AM).
But wait: What if there is a Series sweep, thus eliminating the Game 5 conflict altogether? Wouldn't that make things easier, and cheaper?
"It's a non-refundable deal," Lewin said. "So in a weird way, winning in five would almost be better. Then I won't be cursing the fact I doubled down on this."