If any Minor League Baseball team is going to do a "Salute to Seinfeld Night," it oughta be the Brooklyn Cyclones, a short-season Single-A team. They're an affiliate of the Mets, Jerry Seinfeld's team of choice, and they're not terribly far away from Manhattan, where Seinfeld was mostly set.
It's not like they're a team from Florida.
Even with their territorial rights to "Seinfeld" — which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer — the Cyclones are going all out to create a night that might even make a Soup Nazi smile.
At the top of the "cool things" list is a Keith Hernandez "Magic Loogie" bobblehead that the first 2,500 fans will take home. Hernandez, of course, cameo'd on "Seinfeld" and was accused of spitting on Kramer and Newman.
From there, the Cyclones have a thorough list of special happenings scheduled for the game, including puffy shirts and Festivus poles. From their website:
• MCU Park will be known as Vandelay Industries Park for one night only.
• Mailmen in uniform get to throw out a ceremonial first pitch ("Hello Newman!")
• Anyone who has a business card indicating that they are in fact a "Latex Salesman" will also receive a free ticket to the game. If we call the number and it's some apartment on the Upper East Side, you won't qualify for the freebie.
• Fans can visit the information table for an "airing of grievances."
• Closest to the pin / whale's blow hole competition ("Is that a Titleist?")
• The foul poles will be known as Festivus Poles.
• "Low-Talking" PA Announcer.
• Elaine Dancing Contest
• Everyone Runs the Bases Post-game...but anyone named Jerry gets a head start (Take that Duncan Meyer).
• Game of "Risk" on the Concourse
• Cereal eating contests
• Anyone named George Costanza will be allowed to join our radio broadcast as a color analyst for an inning
• Players in puffy shirts for batting practice.
And somewhere in the middle of that, there will be a baseball game. The Cyclones' "Seinfeld" night is July 5, the same day as the 25-year anniversary of the show's premiere.
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