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Mets’ Minor League Team Is Hosting ‘Seinfeld’ Night, Complete With Puffy Shirts and Cereal
The Wrap ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jordan Zakarin

Posted on 04/17/2014 6:23:01 AM PDT by Scoutmaster

Cereal eaters, terrible dancers, and latex salesmen will be especially welcome in Brooklyn in early July.

Jerry Seinfeld wore his Mets fandom on his sleeve during the long run of his eponymous sitcom, and now, one of the team's minor league affiliates is returning the favor. Quite literally, in fact.

The Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets’ short season single A team based in Coney Island, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original airing of the “Seinfeld” pilot with a night filled with festivities about nothing, so to speak. On July 5, the team is transforming MCU Park into an arena of references to the classic sitcom, starting with renaming the ballpark itself Vandelay Industries Park for one night only. The foul poles in right and left field will be renamed the Festivus Poles, too.

Before the game, the Cyclones players — mostly guys in their very early 20's — will wear puffy shirts, just like the one Jerry wore on the “Today Show” during a classic 1993 episode.

The first 2,500 fans to show up to the game will get a Keith Hernandez bobblehead doll — the former Mets first baseman-turned-broadcaster famously appeared in a 1992 episode of the show — and for those that don't receive one of the coveted souvenirs, they can air their grievances at a specially designated table on the concourse. Any real latex salesman gets in free, to boot.

Mailmen (in honor of Newman, of course) will throw out the ceremonial first pitches, while there will be plenty of contests for glory, too, including a cereal eating competition, an Elaine dance-off, and a big game of Risk held on the concourse (the Ukraine is, indeed, weak).

Seinfeld, a long-time Mets fan, often called in to discuss the team with late night radio host Steve Somers, and made a guest appearance in the team's SNY television booth last year. Here's a list of Mets references in “Seinfeld” over its run.


TOPICS: Humor
KEYWORDS: baseball; festivus; mets; seinfeld
One of the reasons I enjoy minor league baseball, from the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes to the Quad City River Bandits to the Toledo Mudhens.
1 posted on 04/17/2014 6:23:01 AM PDT by Scoutmaster
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To: Scoutmaster

2 posted on 04/17/2014 6:29:16 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Scoutmaster
Your post reminded me of something. Have to find the info so do not miss an upcoming game. Is important and involves a Minor League Baseball Game. Thank You Twice. I'll remember your post at the Minor League Baseball Game which I do not want to miss and will not miss, unless death finds me. God certainly does move in mysterious ways.
3 posted on 04/17/2014 6:29:50 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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:: the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes to the Quad City River Bandits to the Toledo Mudhens ::

Muy bravo “MudHens!” Muy bravo, Detroit Tigers.


4 posted on 04/17/2014 6:30:41 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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To: Scoutmaster

Will the Yankee’s minor league have a George Costanza night? They could serve calzones.


5 posted on 04/17/2014 6:33:46 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: Scoutmaster

How about the Norfolk Tides or the Kinston Indians, the Durham Bulls or the Everett AquaSox!

Americana at its finest.


6 posted on 04/17/2014 6:37:23 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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I’m going as the soup nazi. No soup for you one year!


7 posted on 04/17/2014 6:53:07 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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I cannot understand some people’s love for Seinfeld. I find his humor banal at best.


8 posted on 04/17/2014 7:02:23 AM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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The best promotion since the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in Youngstown, Ohio held Jim Traficant Night (come dressed like Traficant, get in free)


9 posted on 04/17/2014 7:07:49 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
During my brief stint as a real estate attorney, it was my pleasure to close one deal involving the Toledo Mud Hens. Among the swag I received were two packs of 1988 International League Toledo Team Set baseball cards, from Pro Cards, Inc., 202 South Hanover St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

I know this because I am holding the pack I kept sealed. The open pack is among my office tschotskes.


10 posted on 04/17/2014 7:21:31 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: raybbr

Yeah, I probably wouldn’t pay to see Seinfeld’s stand-up routine.

The TV show is priceless.

The key to it was that it wasn’t just about Seinfeld. The show about, ‘nothing’, was really about the relationships between four friends who each in their own way stayed true to their characters true nature regardless of whatever life conspired to throw at them.


11 posted on 04/17/2014 7:25:51 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Scoutmaster

Cool!

Do you know which of the 1988 MudHens in that card-pack made it to The Bigs (Tigers or others)?

Are there any future HOF players that you can determine (knowing that the pack is unopened).

Cletus might pay good money for the collection - knowing you won’t part with it without a firearm in your face!


12 posted on 04/17/2014 7:39:52 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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To: smokingfrog

That’s one “magic loogey”!


13 posted on 04/17/2014 7:40:17 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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When I lived in Hawaii, I’d listen to every Hawaii Islanders game on the radio.


14 posted on 04/17/2014 7:41:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Really?

How many opossums were killed that week? Road kill would have fetched top dollar, no?


15 posted on 04/17/2014 7:42:56 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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Are they a Tiger fiel team?
I have a daughter on Maui that would take my grandson to the games, given the chance “indoctrinate” him.


16 posted on 04/17/2014 7:44:52 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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Back when I lived there, they were a Padres affiliate.


17 posted on 04/17/2014 7:45:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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I think minor league teams and the way they treat their fans is what the true meaning of baseball is......

I'd like nothing more than to sit on a hill beyond the outfield fence on a blanket with my girlfriend and snacks and watch a minor league game on a warm Saturday night........

18 posted on 04/17/2014 7:48:39 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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Do you know which of the 1988 MudHens in that card-pack made it to The Bigs (Tigers or others)?

I do not.

Are there any future HOF players that you can determine (knowing that the pack is unopened).

The pack at the office is open and the answer is no.

Cletus might pay good money for the collection - knowing you won’t part with it without a firearm in your face!

Cletus, I've read your posts for years. You're a FRiend. Please send your mailing address by FReemail and I'll mail the unopened pack to you for free.

19 posted on 04/17/2014 7:50:06 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
Do you know which of the 1988 MudHens in that card-pack made it to The Bigs (Tigers or others)?

I do not.

Are there any future HOF players that you can determine (knowing that the pack is unopened).

The pack at the office is open and the answer is no.

Cletus might pay good money for the collection - knowing you won’t part with it without a firearm in your face!

Cletus, I've read your posts for years. You're a FRiend. Please send your mailing address by FReemail and I'll mail the unopened pack to you for free.

20 posted on 04/17/2014 7:50:06 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: Scoutmaster

Check out this link:

http://www.fanbase.com/Toledo-Mud-Hens-1988/roster

You might want to hold on to those cards for the garandkids. I appreciate the offer, sir.

Names of note:
Billy Bean (Oakland A’s manager of Hollywood note, “Money Ball”?
Ivan DeJesus
Scott Lusader
Ramon Pena (Call up to the Playoff Roster?)
Steve Searcy
Mike Trujillo
George Vukovich
Delwyn Young

None are HOF players but each, I believe, made it to the Tiger’s roster. Some might be associated with the “lean years” but big-leaguers none-the-less.


21 posted on 04/17/2014 8:01:01 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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THey had about a couple dozen guys who made the majors, but no big name. They did have Billy Beane of “Moneyball” fame, for what it’s worth, and oddly enough they also had a Bill Bean - what are the odds???


22 posted on 04/17/2014 8:01:14 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel; Hegewisch Dupa
The offer still stands. If I have grandchildren, they can argue over guitars, Millard Fillmore memorabilia, Edison cylinder phonographs, and 1960s baseball cards.

I know Billy Bean is in the set. I didn't realize Billy Bean was Billy Bean. Tim Leiper is also in the set. I know this because Leiper has the goofiest grin ever pictured on a baseball card. He's as memorable as any Wally Moon card.

23 posted on 04/17/2014 11:05:18 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: Scoutmaster; MotleyGirl70; Cagey; Mr. Brightside; earlJam; Rb ver. 2.0; lesser_satan; Taffini; ...

How did this escape the attention of the Seinfeld Ping List?


24 posted on 05/03/2014 7:54:11 PM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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I'm a little late on this, but I decided to bring home Billy Bean from the office set of Toledo Mud Hens baseball cards (the set that's been opened). He's now been scanned for posterity, and here he is for your viewing pleasure.


25 posted on 09/06/2014 9:43:03 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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Thanks.

He doesn’t look anything like Brad Pitt.


26 posted on 09/06/2014 9:49:44 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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Yes, but he also doesn't look anything like Tim Leiper.

I didn't scan my Tim Leiper, but here's a newer Leiper card (his grin is not as goofy but his batting stance is still the same):

I may have mentioned in an earlier thread that there was a period of about a year when I would purchase donuts for the whole floor on Fridays. People would gather in and around my office and someone would be honored for something they did during the week (say, a copy center guy who stayed late on some big project). That person sat in a visitor's chair in my office and donned the Toledo Mud Hen baseball cap.

Then, presented with the card set, he or she would pick the Mudhen of the Week. I had a cheap wooden plaque, maybe 8x10, with a plastic slide-in holder for the card and a little brass engraved plaque engraved "Mudhen of the Week."

After a few months we had to call the Tim Leiper Rule - which meant you couldn't pick Tim Leiper. His card looked like the kid from Deliverance, but with a bat and not a banjo.

I think I have the plaque in a box in the basement and will post a photo if I find it.

27 posted on 09/06/2014 2:34:22 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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