For 9-year-old Evan Roberts of Woodmere, "Play ball" are two of the greatest words ever uttered - especially if it's the Mets who are doing the playing.
Evan, a fourth-grader at Elementary School 6, was taken to his first Mets game when he was just 2 years old. By the time he was 5, he already was a dyed-in-the-wool Mets fan, tape-recording the games with his own play-by-play descriptions. Now, he's one of 10 child announcers on "Dyna-Mets," a half-hour cable TV baseball show for youngsters.
Aired on the Sports Channel - Sundays at 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Thursday at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. - it also offers Evan the chance to interview the players.
The show, produced by the Mets and now in its second season, also teaches baseball terminology, offers safety tips and has a segment on what youngsters would like to be when they grow up. "Of course, there's never been any doubt that my son wants to be a Mets announcer someday,"
Evan's mother, Janice Roberts, said. "My husband, Joel, is a CPA, but always wanted to be an announcer and has a room in our house with photos of the Mets. Now, he's living his dream through his son."
She said the Mets wants to enhance interest in baseball because of concern that kids are becoming more interested in soccer and football.
She's also basking in her son's fame, while enhancing her own worth as a composer. "I wrote a song, 'I Love Baseball,' about my son's feelings for the game," she said. "It's now the theme for the show."
Even when Evan played in the outfield for the Cedarhurst Little League at the age of 7, he still announced the plays while waiting for balls to come his way. He's currently trying out for pitcher, and his mother acknowledges that it might be a little harder to pitch and announce at the same time.