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

Jul 6, 2014, 1:01 AM EST

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.

source:  Elaines galore

 

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:

source:  No soup for you!

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.”

source:  I’m not the A**man

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

source:  I don’t want to be a pirate

source:  Pretty convincing Kramer getup

source:  More postmen

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.

source:  Junior Mint toss winner

source:  Cereal eating contest winner

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.

  1. denny65 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:05 AM

    What, no “shrinkage” themed activity?

  2. kiwicricket - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:52 AM

    Bill Leopold?
    Is this just Bill’s alias after a few too many grape nehi’s?

  3. acdc84 - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:12 AM

    Wow. This is the epitome of a decent idea combined with HORRIBLE execution. Anything less than the major-league Yankees (or possibly Mets or Baltimore) shouldn’t be allowed to use Seinfeld’s likeness.

    Somewhere, George Steinbrenner is rolling over in his grave, (possibly over this crap; possibly over his eggplant calzone cravings.) I know Jeter is still busy but I woulda hoped Paul or Danny or Bernie woulda stepped up and argued against this idea. Or heck, even Keith or possibly even Roger coulda stepped up…

  4. sabatimus - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    I’m probably the only person on earth who hates Seinfeld. The only show I can think of that’s more irritating is that Raymond show I refuse to type out.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      You’re talkin’ bout the guy that everybody loves. I only heard that; I threw my sitcom tv in the garbage a long time ago.

  5. mp4philly - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Pretty cool idea lol

  6. eagles512 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Best comedy ever. Especially the later seasons.

  7. jpat2424 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Awesome

  8. spacenettle - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    I like to picture some exchange student from, I don’t know, Micronesia or something, who’s never even heard of Seinfeld being brought there by their host family for their first baseball game. They would end up with the most surreal idea of what goes on at a baseball game and leave completely confused and disoriented.

  9. tbaggins79 - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    You forgot to mention the best part of the night – the Keith Hernandez bobblehead giveaway. Having the quotes, “I’m Keith Hernandez!” on the front and “Nice game, Pretty Boy!” on the back. Genius.

  10. chalklounge - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    I was at the game. Great night. That guy dressed as Kramer made the rounds throughout the entire ballpark and posed for pics. The REAL Kramer had a table set up with t-shirts and autographed items for fans.

    The pressure of a sold-out MCU Park seemed to crack the Cyclones players – they were down 16-0 by the 5th inning.

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