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.

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"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."