A Smithtown student recently had the opportunity to call a Mets game from the booth after winning SNY's Kidcaster Contest.
Aidan Eddelson, a fourth-grader at Mount Pleasant Elementary School, asked his parents to enter him in the contest after seeing an advertisement while watching a Mets game. They submitted a video of him calling a walk-off home run by outfielder Brandon Nimmo.
For winning, Aidan joined the Mets broadcast team of Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez to call the bottom of the third inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 26.
To prepare, Aidan said, he called games at home and wrote down "important, cool and funny facts."
"I was very nervous at first, but when I met the guys I felt like they were my best friends," Aidan, 9, said. "They seemed impressed with my note-taking and Mets knowledge, like when I pointed out how Amed Rosario thought he was the best dancer on the team."
With regard to the Mets broadcasters, Aidan said he thinks Cohen is the best play-by-play announcer in sports and has a "great tie selection." He also hopes Darling is the team's next general manager and said his favorite player is Yoenis Cespedes.
In school, Aidan is in Student Council and Sports Club. He also plays baseball, hockey and soccer outside of school.