Wednesday, October 04, 2006

A's-Twins G2: Live-Comment

Update (3:30 p.m.): You know you've lost an LDS series when...

"The visiting team hits an inside-the-park home run to take a two-run lead with less than a third of the game to play, which would put your team in an 0-2 hole after 2 games AT HOME."

Original Post:
The A's and Twins are underway. Feel free to live-blog "live-comment" away about it.

Meanwhile, the Rangers fired Buck Showalter, whose top-line career highlight will continue to be his cameo on "Seinfeld" when George got him to buy into switching to cotton uniforms for the Yankees.

You know, as we sit here following the A's-Twins game, in honor of Buck Showalter and his Seinfeld cameo, what's your favorite Seinfeld sports-related plotline, character, funny line, etc. ever? (Paul Katcher did a column for Page 3 about it. Here's the link.)

I'm going to have to think about that one, but throw your pick in the Comments section. Maybe it'll inspire my pick.

-- D.S.

48 comments:

Tacomaker said...

"I'm Keith Hernandez!"

Gmen23 said...

It simply HAS to be the re-enactment of the "Second Spitter"...No doubt about it.

thirdstringjd said...

I love when Paul O'Neil and George have the "Are you the guy who put us in that Best Western in Kansas City?" conversation.

I also love "You know we did win the World Series last year."

George: Yeah - in 6 games, pfft.

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Also is it possible that this Twins/A's series will wrap up in shorter time then it will take to play 1 Yankees/Tigers game.

Legendary 64 said...

Hands down it's the Steinbrenner birthday card episode. "George, next time, Paul O'Neill has to catch a ball in his hat."

Brian in Oxford said...

Another vote for the 2nd spitter episode, right here! That.....is One. Magic. Loogie.

It's amazing how everyone jumped ON the Seinfeld bandwagon when the show stopped being funny.....America was watching "Home Improvement" while I was into the early episodes....shows really about nothing, compared to later years where'd they make up bullshit plots that were just stupid. Elaine's hair is a good indicator if the show will be good or bad. That greasy curly stuff almost affected her character's personality....the "wall of hair" was a cuter, funnier Elaine.

thirdstringjd said...

haha I had to check on this quote because it makes me laugh everytime just thinking about it. How about when they all think George is dead - so Steinbrenner comes to George's house and he's sitting there and Jerry Stiller says:

"Why the hell did you trade Jay Buhner for?! He had 30 home runs and over 100 RBIs last year. He's got a rocket for an arm. You don't know what the hell you're doin'!"

This quote is so funny on so many levels - hah Ken Phelps had a great bat.

FutureLegendVinceYoung said...

The Seinfeld question is tough. It is to easy to go with "I'm Keith Hernandez." but Simmons has beat that line to death, I think he uses it in everyone of his columns.

My favorite sports angle in Seinfeld is "The Jimmy" episode. It is a classic on so many levels. The guy who talks in the 3rd person, the training shoes that increase your vertical and George being accused of stealing and trying to sell equipment.

The Danny Tartabul episode were George thinks the guy flipped him off is another classic and I think it is probably the best thing Tartabull did in a Yankee uniform.

Thanks for this topic Dan now all I am going to do is think about Seinfeld and post 50 different times.

rafael said...

could never get into seinfeld. everyone on the show was funny except seinfeld. made no sense to me.

Kapps said...

Agreed. the frank costanza rant about jay buhner is absolutely hilarious. easily, my favorite scene ever from a seinfeld epsiode. that gets my vote.

Dan Shanoff said...

Frank C. on Buhner is totally underrated.

The "Second Spitter" montage/explanation was genius.

"I'm Keith Hernandez" has been beaten to death. Totally cliched now.

-- Dan

Jeff Rogers said...

I gotta go with the Soup Nazi. Forget that so many stupid people have said that line and made it outplayed for a second. Then remember when you first saw that episode. It was the funniest thing I had ever seen.

NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!

Jake C said...

Buhner conversation - top notch. The signed card episode is great all the way through. Not just the conversation with Kramer and the kid, plus Paul O'Neil, but the guy who thinks George is intentionally screwing him over with signing the card.

The calzone episode is classic too. Kramer cooking his clothes, the change and when he yells in gibberish at the Pizza guy, plus Steinbrenner, "Costanza is in the building and he's not in this office . Costanza I'll get you!"

Matt said...

How about George driving around the parking lot at Yankee Stadium with the World Series trophy hitched to the back of his car and dragging along the asphalt?

dqandrew said...

Another great Frank and Steinbrenner moment from the Finale(Pt2)...

Steinbrenner: He had one little problem though (speaking about George). He was a communist! Pink as they come! Like a big juicy steak!

Frank Costanza: HOW COULD YOU GIVE 12 MILLION DOLLARS TO HIDEKI IRABU?!!!!

So funny, so true.

thirdstringjd said...

The card signing is absolutely top notch - the sick kid in the hospital and Kramer talking and Kramer is like "after Paul O'Neil hits those two home runs you know what I need you to do?"

"to get out of this bed and walk again?"

Kramer: "Yeah that'd be nice, but I really just need that card"

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The more I think about my choice of the Jay Buhner exchange the more I think the response by Steinbrenner is an even funnier line "My people loved Ken Phelps' bat, they kept telling me Ken Phelps, Ken Phelps."

That line kills me - I almost wish I had named my blog Ken Phelps, Ken Phelps instead of Free Billy Volek.

thirdstringjd said...
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thirdstringjd said...

Ruth...Gehrig...Dimaggio...Costanza?

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Now that it is starting to look like the Twins season is coming to a crashing halt I could do this all day.

2:52 PM

Jake C said...

Almost forgot...Kramer bringing the old school mentality to baseball...

Kramer: "Well, Joe Pepitone or not, I own the inside of that plate! So I throw him one inside, you know, a little chin music right on his pants, cause I gotta intimidate, you know, when I'm on the mound. Well, the next pitch, he's right back on the same place, so... I had to plunk him."

Perks said...

I agree with the Jay Buhner one, just because I actually HEAR Frank's voice yelling at Steinbrenner, and the dichotomy of those two personalities conflicting on the phone, it's too hysterical!

Might be close to sports-related Seinfeld is when the lawyer Jackie has the girl in the bra (who caused Kramer to crash George's car) try on the bra with her clothes on, and the connection to OJ.

Hawkins said...

Gotta go with the hitting tips when George becomes abstinent

SMACKDADDYG said...

Best kind of sports related Seinfeld episode is when Kramer witness Joe Dimaggio at the coffee shop dipping his doughnut.

Kramer tries to distract him by yiping, pounding on the table but "the man was focused".

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ChrTh said...

All I know is that I have the Texas Rangers picked to win the World Series next year.

Buck will pull a TO yet

Worldwide Reader said...

Gotta love the Twins.

The fans are chanting "MVP-MVP" with Morneau at the plate, and then two seconds later he blasts one into deep right to tie the game at 2 apiece.

Afternnon baseball is tough to beat.

cl9699 said...

The real AL MVP just went yard...

DougE in OK said...

Joe Dimaggio is a dunker?

Matt said...

Maybe I'm just making this up, but I seem to recall an episode where Kramer sits next to Spike Lee at a Knicks game and throws a hot dog at Reggie Miller? If I'm not making that up subconsciously, that was funny.

thirdstringjd said...

Matt - nope that definately happened. They don't show it but it's one of those classic Kramer stories. I love that he ends it with feeling sorry for Reggie about the trouble so after they all get kicked out of the game the three of them go to Scores.

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Way for Ken Macha to pull a Grady Little and breath some life into the Metrodome. When you gt 5 quality innings out of Esteban Loiza just take it, smile and get him the f out of the game.

Mikepcfl said...

A couple Seinfeld "sports" moments stand out to me. First, I loved when George ran over Bette Middler at home plate in a softball game. The episode had the whole Tanya Harding theme as well. My favorite one is "The Race" when Jerry races his old high school nemesis to save Lois. The whole race scene with the gym teacher, fans and superman music still cracks me up.

Charlie (Seattle) said...

I second the Calzone episode.

The Boss: George pass that over this way. Hmmm, that's good. Ok, meeting adjourned, Costanza, go get me two of these Calzones. I can't think until on an empty stomach.

The Boss: George let me tell you something. When I find something I like I stick with it. From 1973 to 1982 I ate the exact same lunch everyday, turkey chili in a bowl made out of bread. Bread bowl George! You'd eat the chili then you'd eat the bowl. Nothing more satisfying than looking down after lunch and seeing just a table.

ThatAssHatInPhoenix said...

George on Kramer going to the baseball fantasy camp:

"People should plunk down two thousand dollars to live like him for a week: Do nothing, fall ass-backwards into money, mooch food off your neighbors, and have sex without dating! That's a fantasy camp!"

thirdstringjd said...

So inside the park homerun for the A's to take the 4-2 lead. Someone feel like looking up when the last inside the park homerun occured in the playoffs?

Torii Hunter may have just cost the Twins the playoffs with that one.

Matt said...

So inside the park homerun for the A's to take the 4-2 lead. Someone feel like looking up when the last inside the park homerun occured in the playoffs?

Torii Hunter may have just cost the Twins the playoffs with that one.


Anyone watching the game wanna explain to those of stuck at work following the gamecast what exactly happened?

The Horriblest Blogger said...

Under the sports-centric guise of trying to put together a fan / tire day at Yankee Stadium, George goes to Ohio to use his can't-lose comeback:

Hey George, the ocean called, they're running out of shrimp.

Oh yeah? Well the jerk store called and they're running out of you!

So? You're their all time best seller!

I HAD SEX WITH YOUR WIFE!

thirdstringjd said...

If you didn't know Will Leitch over at deadspin.com is doing running commentary for those of you stuck at work/school to follow the game. This is from his commentary because I'm too lazy on my own:
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Holy crap: Torii Hunter just did something incredibly, diabolically stupid. Kotsay loops one to center field, and Hunter tries to dive and grab it. He misses it, it goes to the wall and Kotsay comes all the way home with an inside-the-parker. And that, friends, was as bad a postseason mistake as you'll see someone make. You'll see it about a million times in the next 24 hours.

thirdstringjd said...

Just in case there are some Twins fans out there - I'm a Red Sox fan and I know first hand, being down 2-0 to the A's in the first round of the baseball playoffs is NOT A PROBLEM. So take a deep breath and relax.

Worldwide Reader said...

All of these hilarious Seinfeld quotes prove one thing - that Larry David was the brains behind that show. Oh, and he's also the funniest man alive.

thirdstringjd said...

Wild pitch by Joe Nathan plates another run. Top 9: 5-3 Oakland

I've heard more noise at state funerals then the Metrodome right now.

Big D said...

Buck Showalter has done nothing but keep the Rangers at least moderately competitive with zero pitching and a roster full of young players for the last five years. They were in the AL West race (after dealing their best player for a bag of balls...) for the first 2/3 of this year before finally collapsing.
Maybe the Rangers wanted to make a push for one of the other available managers. Maybe they think that they can follow in the footsteps of the Yankees and Diamondbacks an win the World Series immediately after parting ways with Buck.
The move just doesn't make much sense on it's face. Maybe I'm missing something.
Of course, these are the things that happen when you blog on a PDA cell phone from a moving train.

By the way - count me among the fans of the second spitter...

Metamorphosis of Life said...

I'm partial to the Hideki Irabu comment. I hear the name and I hear it in Frank's voice.

Other non-mentioned sports moments -- Kramer swimming in the East River, Jean-Paul the marathon guy, Milosh & his suckiness at tennis, and has anyone mentioned Kramer's attempt to prepare for the Senior PGA Tour?

The Horriblest Blogger said...

Street's gonna make this interesting yet!

Kurt said...

Ball game. Poor, poor Twin's fans.

Dan Mega said...

Twins lose! Twins lose!

FutureLegendVinceYoung said...

How about Kramer hitting golf balls into the ocean and then the story coming full circle when George pulls the obstruction from the "great fish" which is a golf ball, the only decent one that Kramer had hit while he was out there.

Seb Pho said...

It was a small line, but it seemed so perfect. Whenever George was visiting Susan's grave, and he was left alone by Susan's parents/Jerry. He has no idea what to say to her. So all he says is..."so we swept Baltimre....4 games....IN Baltimore..."

Kevin said...

Don't completely count out the Twins yet - remember, the last two times Oakland took a 2-0 lead in the NLDS back home, they lost both times.

Paulie said...

At the Giants' game when the PA announcer asks for Elaine's bf Joel Rifkin to go to the ticket office. "He's not the murderer."

and Puddy and the Devils

Stooncer said...

How about Kramer as a ballboy at the US Open?

"I may be old...but I'm spry."

Also when he was picketing outside the bagel shop and changed the chant "Hey Batter Batter" into "No bagel, no bagel, no bagel..."