Jerry Seinfeld birthday tribute: 10 best sports moments from the show – USA TODAY
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld turns 63 on Saturday, and while heÂ bashed birthdays on his showÂ in an attempt to be dark and disturbed âÂ “nevitably, irrevocably:Â Happy birthday? No such thing” âÂ weÂ wanted to mark the occasion with the top 10 sports moments from Seinfeld. Giddyup.
10. “This is America!”
Sitting in the ownerâs box at Yankee Stadium with George and Kramer, Elaine is asked to remove her Orioles hat. She refuses, a scuffle with George ensues and Kramer is beaned by a foul ball. Oddly enough, in 2014, Kate Upton found herself in a similar situationÂ while wearing a Tigers hat in the Bronx.
9. “Get your shrimp here”
Playing with Jerryâs softball team, George is berated by Bette Midler as he gets ready to bat. He runs over Midler at the plate later in the game, injuring the Broadway star. Jerry was dating Midlerâs understudy, so conspiracy theories emergeÂ about George/Jerry putting a bounty on Midler.
8. âGotta support the teamâ
Elaineâs boyfriend Puddy is a huge Devils fan, and his team isÂ locked in a playoff series with the Rangers. Puddy reveals himself to Elaine as a âface-painterâ since heâs âgotta support the team,â which ultimately ends withÂ him terrifyingÂ a priest. Jerry and Kramer try to procure tickets for a game the entire episode, but eventually, the only seats available are with Puddy and his D-E-V-I-L-S body-painting friends.
7. Ball Man
Kramer aces his tryout to be a ballboy at the U.S. Open, butÂ his overzealous style results in him knocking out Monica Seles during a match.
6. “I own the inside of that plate”
Kramer attends a Yankees fantasy camp and reveals that he sparked a benches-clearing brawl by plunking Joe Pepitone â who was crowding the plate. Kramer winds up blindly punching Mickey Mantle.
5. “Cotton breathes”Â
Buck Showalter has always been an innovative manager, perhaps no more so than when he lets George pitch him on a new kind of baseball uniform.
4. “That’s not a home run!”Â
After George getsÂ grapefruit in his eye, his winking leadsÂ Kramer to sellÂ George Steinbrenner’s birthday card — whichÂ hadÂ been signed by the entireÂ organization. The framed card ends up with a sick kid in the hospital, who agrees to give the memorabilia back to Kramer if Paul OâNeill hits two home runs in the next game. OâNeill hits one, but his presumed second homer laterÂ is ruled a triple with an error.
3. “… Billy Martin”Â
In perhaps Larry Davidâs best cameo as Steinbrenner, he lists Yankees managers whomÂ he parted ways with in the 1980s and 1990s. Finally, he reveals his intentÂ to ditch Buck Showalter.
2. âIâm Keith Hernandezâ
Thereâs so much happening with Keith Hernandez in âThe Boyfriendâ two-parter, but the former All-Star explaining his recollection of Roger McDowell spitting on Newman and Kramer isÂ absolutely perfect. Fun fact: Darryl Strawberry was originally supposed to be the âSecond Spitter.â
1. “Ken Phelps”Â
Frank Costanza atÂ his finest. While Steinbrenner is delivering the erroneous news that Frank’sÂ son, George,Â has died, Mr. Costanza canât help but berate the Yankees owner for the ill-fated 1988 trade that sent Jay Buhner to the Mariners.