Baseball Roundup: 30 Years Ago Weds., Kramer Was Hit By A Second Spitter

Baseball Roundup: 30 Years Ago Weds., Kramer Was Hit By A Second Spitter
  • Rick Chandler

The most enduring mystery in TV sitcom history had an anniversary on Wednesday. According to Newman, it was 30 years ago to the day — June 14, 1987 — that he and Kramer, after attending a Mets game at Shea Stadium, were spit on by “pretty boy” Keith Hernandez in a passing altercation.

Or were they? After the pair recounted the incident about five years later, Jerry presented the bold theory that there was “a second spitter”, near the gravelly road. Seinfeld fans will know that that turned out to be Roger McDowell, and that the episode was voted one of the greatest in TV history.

The episode actually ran in Feb. of 1992, and Seinfeld himself said that it was his favorite. It was the first of a two-parter in which Jerry becomes friends with Hernandez (“I’m not driving him to the airport!”). The episode was entitled The Boyfriend, and was voted No. 4 in TV Guide’s 1997 list of the 100 Greatest TV Episodes of All Time.

MLB to relax uniform rules on Players Weekend

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I can’t imagine Joe Torre agreeing to this (he’ll be bound and gagged in a closet for these two days), but Major League Baseball will relax its uniform rules for a weekend in August, allowing players to put nicknames on the back of their jerseys.

It’s called Players Weekend, and guys can also wear fluorescent-colored shoes and “personalize a patch paying tribute to someone instrumental in their development”, according to a memo obtained by Yahoo Sports.

It will take place Aug. 25-27 and you can thank the MLB Players Association. The league says that if it’s a success (how you determine that is beyond me), some uniform rules may be relaxed permanently.

Salute

Wizard Cat defensive play of the day

Wizard Cat gives this play: three wands.

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