An Amagansett School sixth-grader hit it out of the park from the broadcaster's booth at Citi Field.
Dante Sasso, 11, showed off his baseball knowledge when he called a half-inning during a Mets game on SportsNet New York (SNY) in August. He got the opportunity after winning the Seventh Annual SNY KidCaster Contest, which invited children from ages 7 to 12 to compete for a broadcasting chance.
Dante, whose favorite player is Mets outfielder Juan Lagares, called the bottom of the third inning of the Mets vs. Phillies game on Aug. 31 alongside Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez.
"It was a really positive, gratifying experience," Dante said. "It was so awesome being around them."
Contestants were required to submit a 100-word essay in which they persuaded a child who had never watched the Mets to do so. Ten finalists were selected to read their essays in front of a panel of judges inside the SNY studio and also to call two plays.
To hone his broadcasting chops, Dante said he watched recent videos of the two teams online and turned down the volume while watching Mets games at home.
In his spare time, Dante plays in the East Hampton Little League and enjoys playing badminton, chess and the drums.