Celebrating the 25th anniversary of ‘Seinfeld’ with the Brooklyn Cyclones

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A sold-out crowd filed into Vandelay Industries Park, better known as MCU Park, as the Brooklyn Cyclones paid tribute to the 25th anniversary of the show about nothing: Seinfeld. HBT was on hand to see what it was all about.

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Stepping off of the subway in Coney Island two hours before the game, the Seinfeld anniversary extravaganza was evident almost immediately. As you arrived at the park, The Original Soupman was parked outside to kick off the festivities.

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Once inside Vandelay, Seinfeld Night started off on the wrong foot, literally, as fans did their best to emulate Elaine Benes’ infamous dance moves.

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source:  This did not go as planned it seems

The dance contest was followed by a cereal eating contest, an homage to not only Jerry’s unholy amount of cereal, but also Kramer’s cereal mishap.

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Then, the pregame festivitites concluded with a variety of special guests throwing out the first pitch(es).

There were postmen:

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Fans that share the same name as members of the cast:

source:  His name is actually George Costanza

source:  This is an Elaine, though not that Elaine.

Plus, actual actors from the show made cameos:

source:  Rosalind Allen actress who plays George’s crush in the “Marine Biologist” episode

Even the notorious Soup Nazi took the mound:

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And even the real Kramer – Kenny Kramer — showed up for the celebration. Kramer was Larry David’s neighbor for five years while he was living in New York City, and eventually was turned into Seinfeld’s most eccentric character. Kramer explained how he wound up being portrayed on the show, “Larry lived next to me for five years; I didn’t know he was taking notes the whole time.”

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While the game began on the field, the Seinfeld theme remained in full affect in the stands, as fans came decked out in their best Seinfeld-related garb.

source:  Puffy shirts, puffy shirts everywhere

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source:  Pretty convincing Kramer getup

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Even during the game, the Seinfeld mantra continued with clips from the show being broadcast on the big board:

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Pictures of the players were Seinfeld themed too:

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The foul pole was even dubbed the “Festivus Pole” for the affair, though in the spirit of the holiday, it was not decorated.

source:  Festivus for the rest of us!

In between innings the salute to Seinfeld continued with a marble rye fishing contest a la George’s misguided attempt at reacquiring a marble rye he believed would go uneaten. A Junior Mint toss followed, paying tribute to the show’s favorite candy, where fans had to catch boxes of the Junior Mints in buckets in order to win.

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Winners of the contests were awarded with the contest’s props and a DVD box set of one of the seasons.

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Just like the show, Seinfeld Night was a smash hit. The game itself was, for lack of a better phrase, much ado about nothing. The Cyclones were completely dismantled on the field — they may as well have fielded a team comprised of the members of the show (just picture George and Newman running the bases) — losing to the Aberdeen Ironbirds 18-2. To make it worse, the Ironbirds came into the game with a whopping three wins on the season.

Seinfeld, a comedy of epic proportions, couldn’t even live up to the comedy of errors seen on the field as the Cyclones tallied five errors through the course of the game. While Seinfeld will live on for another 25 years, dropped pop-ups, botched ground-balls, and wild pitches highlighted a game that the Cyclones hope everyone forgets.

If the Tigers are sub-.500 at the end of June it’ll be fire sale time

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Jon Morosi reports that that the Detroit Tigers will make all veterans available via trade if they’re still under .500 by the end of June.

This was the position they entered the offseason with — everyone is available! — but they ended up gearing up for one more push with the core of veterans they currently employ. It was not a bad move, I don’t think. With the exception of the Indians, the AL Central is mostly down, or at least appeared to be over the winter, with the Royals in decline and the Twins and White Sox seemingly a few years away from contention. The Twins, however, have been fantastic and the Tigers have mostly underachieved.

So we’re back to this. Which veterans the Tigers can reasonably unload, however, is an open question. J.D. Martinez is in his walk year, so while tradable, he may not bring back a big return. Guys like Justin Upton, Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera either have very large contracts or no-trade protection.

The end of June is still a while from now, of course, and while the Tigers are under .500, they’re only 4.5 games behind the Twins. But they had better turn it around or else it sounds like the front office is going to turn the page.

Must-Click Link: Remembering Eddie Grant the first major leaguer to die in combat

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As you get ready for Memorial Day weekend and whatever it entails for you and yours, take some time to read an excellent article from Mike Bates over at The Hardball Times.

The article is about Eddie Grant. You probably never heard of him. He was a journeyman infielder — often a backup — from 1905 through 1915. If you have heard of him, it was likely not for his baseball exploits, however: it was because he was the first active baseball player to die in combat, killed in the Battle of the Argonne Forest in October 1915.

Michael tells us about more than Grant’s death, however. He provides a great overview of his life and career. And notes that Grant didn’t even have to go to war if he didn’t want to. He was 34, had the chance to coach or manage and had a law degree and the potential to make a lot of money following his baseball career. He volunteered, however, for both patriotic and personal reasons. And it cost him his life.

Must-read stuff indeed. Especially this weekend.