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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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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.

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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.

Sean Doolittle: “Refugees aren’t stealing a slice of the pie from Americans.”

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 25:  Sean Doolittle #62 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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In the past, we’ve commented on Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend Eireann Dolan’s community service. In 2015, the pair hosted Syrian refugee families for Thanksgiving and their other charitable efforts have included LGBTQ outreach and help for veterans.

Athletes and their significant others have typically avoided stepping into political waters, but Doolittle and Dolan have shown that it’s clearly no concern to them. In the time since, the Syrian refugee issue has become even more of a hot-button issue and Doolittle recently discussed it with Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

I think America is the best country in the world because we’ve been able to attract the best and brightest people from all over the world. We have the smartest doctors and scientists, the most creative and innovative thinkers. A travel ban like this puts that in serious jeopardy.

I’ve always thought that all boats rise with the tide. Refugees aren’t stealing a slice of the pie from Americans. But if we include them, we can make the pie that much bigger, thus ensuring more opportunities for everyone.

Doolittle, of course, is referring to Executive Order 13769 signed by President Trump which sought to limit incoming travel to the United States from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. A temporary restraining order on the executive order was placed on February 3, a result of State of Washington v. Trump.

Doolittle spoke more about the plight refugees face:

These are people fleeing civil wars, violence and oppression that we can’t even begin to relate to. I think people think refugees just kind of decide to come over. They might not realize it takes 18-24 months while they wait in a refugee camp. They go through more than 20 background checks and meetings with immigration officers. They are being vetted.

They come here, and they want to contribute to society. They’re so grateful to be out of a war zone or whatever they were running from in their country that they get jobs, their kids go to our schools, they’re paying taxes, and in a lot of cases, they join our military.

Around this time last year, Craig wrote about Doolittle and Dolan not sticking to baseball. They’re still not, nor should they be. Hopefully, the duo’s outspokenness inspires other players and their loved ones to speak up for what’s right.

[Hat tip: Deadspin’s Hannah Keyser]

Russell Martin is not a fan of the automatic intentional walk

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 15:  Russell Martin #55 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after being struck out in the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians during game two of the American League Championship Series at Progressive Field on October 15, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday, it was announced that Major League Baseball instituted a new rule allowing for a dugout signal in order to issue an intentional walk rather than having the pitcher throw four pitches wide of the strike zone. It’s commissioner Rob Manfred’s attempt to help improve the game’s pace of play.

As Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports, Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is certainly not a fan of the change.

My thing is, if they really want to speed up the game, then when a guy hits a home run, to speed up the game should a guy, just like in softball, when he hits it, should he just walk to the dugout? It’d be quicker. I’m just wondering, at what point do we just keep the game, the game? Or, how about this calculation: take all the intentional walks that were made in the last couple years and calculate – or maybe just ask to see if they have that information, to see if they really did their homework. Is it really that important to speed up the game (with this rule)? Because how many games did we play last year where we didn’t have one intentional walk? That’s something I’d like to know.

Martin also expressed concern that eliminating the four-pitch intentional walk will hurt teams’ ability to buy time for their relievers to warm up.

It’s called getting your bullpen ready so the guy doesn’t blow out his arm on the mound. Speed up the game, speed up the game.’ How about we just give guys – the human being – time to warm up on the mound after maybe something’s happened in the game? I’m not a manager, but I’m just trying to put myself in the position of a manager. OK, we’re up by one run or two runs and our bullpen’s been taxed and we’re trying to save their arms, and then the other team walks, ball gets away, guy gets to second base. When the coach visits the mound to talk to his player, it’s not like the player necessarily needs somebody to talk to him.

It’s because the guy (in the bullpen) needs time to warm up, man. It’s the same thing when you throw over to first base, like, eight times in a row. It’s not like we’re trying to keep the guy close. The guy maybe has two stolen bases in 18 years. It’s because the guy needs time to warm up. At what point does that become a problem with guys warming up in the bullpen? Sometimes it’s just strategy to give guys a little bit of time to warm up.

The Jays’ backstop then said he’d prefer if Manfred were honest about the intent behind this rule change and others which have been proposed. Martin said, “Save it. I’m tired of hearing that same lame excuse all the time. Just be honest. If they’re honest about it, we’ll get over it. But don’t hide behind the fans.”

We should be hearing from a handful of players about the new intentional walk rule in the coming days. I can’t imagine the rule is very popular among the players.