Mets fans -- and the rest of the baseball world, for that matter -- are thrilled that SNY analyst Ron Darling will be back in the booth Tuesday night at Citi Field.
Darling took a medical leave after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer and after weeks of treatment, Darling believes it's the right time to come back and call the game he loves.
"Being back at Citi Field, it's fantastic," he said. "You don't realize until you're away how much this is in your blood.
"As far as how I feel, it's kind of the unknown. I don't know what my stamina is going to be like in the game or voice wise. So if Keith is talking a lot you'll know where I'm at. But I feel like it's the right time and doctors do. So we'll try it."
Darling received a tidal wave of support from the highest people in the league to fans all over the country, wishing him the best as he fights. The Mets and their fanbase, in particular, have had his back long before the diagnosis -- something that he truly cherishes now that he sees their support.
"Being back at Citi Field, it's fantastic...you don't realize until you're away how much this is in your blood"- SNY (@SNYtv) June 4, 2019
Welcome back, Ron! pic.twitter.com/2w9uVVZe15
"I didn't know to what extent being part of this Mets family means in my life," Darling explained. "But the people that reached out in the organization, the team, the coaches, fans -- I've been trying to knock off the cards and letters gotten since I got sick. I'm still not caught up yet. It's very humbling, extremely humbling.
"You feel like it's just a personal struggle you have, but so many people want to make sure that you feel as though you have their hugs. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around that."
Speaking of those letters, Darling believes he's answered about 2,000 of them, but isn't even close to being done. He said the Mets carry a suitcase on the road of fan mail, and he has from 3,000 to 5,000 more that still needs to be answered.
Ron Darling is "completely humbled" by the outpouring of love from the Mets community:- SNY (@SNYtv) June 4, 2019
"I was 22 years old when I was called up to the Mets. I'm 58 now. I feel like I've gotten love from these fans that entire time, and none more evident than the last 60 days" pic.twitter.com/h6VmKVYa9J
Rest assured, he'll get to everyone. Because this unfortunate circumstance has showed him there are truly no better fans than Mets fans.
"I was 22 years old when I was called up to the Mets," he said. "I'm 58 now. I feel like I've gotten love from these fans that entire time, and none more evident than the last 60 days."