Stepping up: New York Mets PA announcer offers kind voice amid coronavirus pandemic

In this Sept 11, 2019, photo provided by Colin Cosell, Colin Cosell smiles inside the public address booth during a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field in New York. The public address announcer for the New York Mets is trying to cheer fans one at a time, recording personalized messages for them, echoing the booming introductions big league hitters get when they step up to home plate. (MJ Lupton via AP)

NEW YORK — The requests come by the hundreds: the son of an emergency room nurse, the husband of a doctor, a hospital patient.