I always think of Richie as being Johnny Carson. Two white-haired Nebraska boys with bone-dry humor and hidden depths you eventually got to see.
And yeah, nobody can live up. But also the game and sports in general and broadcasting has changed so much that to even have a long-lasting duo like that is increasingly rare. People change jobs, and teams like to use bigger crews who alternate between radio and TV.
I also reckon a large part of our memories, and love of (and grief over) Whitey and Harry is that they lived in our bedrooms and car radios in a way that Frantzke never could or will, and even no player does.
And even if Tom McCarthy was better, he's lacked a really good (and consistent) partner.
I think the Mets team is very good. I wish we had one ex-player who was as sharp as Darling, and I like Hernandez too. Matt Stairs might have been that guy but it didn't work out. Always kind of liked Mitch Williams on Comcast too but he obviously made his own bed there.
And I actually kind of like Jim Jackson, he has a good tone, and is excitable but not too much so. I may just be predisposed to him from hockey.