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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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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.

Angels ink Javy Guerra to minor league deal

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Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with right-handed reliever Javy Guerra. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training.

Guerra was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball last July after testing positive for a drug of abuse. That suspension is now over, though Guerra is probably ticketed for the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate to begin the 2016 season.

The 30-year-old made just three major league appearances in 2015 for the White Sox before getting outrighted off Chicago’s 40-man roster. He does own a 2.87 ERA in 150 1/3 career innings, but it has come with bouts of inconsistency and unreliability.

Maybe he can get everything going in the right direction with Anaheim.

Braves sign reliever Carlos Torres

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As first reported by Bill Shanks of Fox Sports 1670, the Braves have signed right-handed reliever Carlos Torres to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Torres was waived by the Mets in January, somewhat surprisingly, and elected to become a free agent. The 33-year-old ultimately chose Atlanta, where he should have a good shot at an Opening Day roster out of spring training with the rapidly-rebuilding Braves.

Torres posted an ugly 4.68 ERA in 57 2/3 innings last season for the Mets, but he registered a gorgeous 3.06 ERA and 96 strikeouts across 97 innings in 2014.

If he gets off to a good start in 2016, he could become valuable trade bait.

Blue Jays will have a closer competition this spring

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Roberto Osuna became the youngest pitcher to ever play for the Blue Jays last season at age 20 and he rose to the challenge with a 2.58 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 75/16 K/BB ratio in 69 2/3 frames. Osuna eventually took over as Toronto’s closer, earning 20 regular-season saves and one in the American League Division Series — a five-out effort in Game 5 to close out the visiting Rangers.

But the Jays upgraded the back end of their bullpen this winter, acquiring Drew Storen from the Nationals in early January for speedy outfielder Ben Revere. Jesse Chavez was also brought to Toronto in a trade with the A’s.

Storen has more experience at closer than Osuna, and Storen struggled when the Nationals tried to put him in a setup role. Storen, in his final year of salary arbitration, also gets paid much more. He’s probably going to enter spring training as the favorite for the Jays’ ninth-inning gig, but there will be a competition …

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins told Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca on Wednesday that he doesn’t expect the team to choose between Osuna or Storen until midway through spring training, if not later.

There’s been talk of making Osuna a starter, so add that wrinkle.

Storen, 28, boasts 95 career major league saves.

Orioles plotting late-offseason push? Gallardo, Fowler, Alvarez, Bruce in consideration

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Baltimore’s front office appears to be lining up a run of potential roster additions leading into the beginning of spring training.

We’ve already passed along the reports suggesting they are close to a three-year deal with free agent starter Yovani Gallardo, but now FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal adds that free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler could be next on the Orioles’ target list. It they get those two deals done, the O’s could then chase free agent slugger Pedro Alvarez.

Rosenthal says the Orioles are even eyeing Jay Bruce of the Reds, though the FOX reporter hears the O’s might not have the prospects to pull off that kind of trade.

The focus for the Orioles out of the gate this winter was re-signing Matt Wieters and Chris Davis. Wieters accepted his one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer in November and Davis was locked up to a seven-year, $161 million contract in mid-January.

Now the O’s are spending a little leftover cash on late-offseason additions to improve their position in what should be a tight 2016 American League East race.