Nice game, pretty boys!
The Cyclones may have gotten destroyed by the Aberdeen Ironbirds on Saturday, losing 18–2, but fans still managed to win big with a “Salute to Seinfeld Night,” coming from far and wide to celebrate the Mini-Mets and the 25th birthday of the “show about nothing.”
“It was the greatest thing ever,” said Jamie Sclafane, who traveled from New Jersey and won an “Elaine Dancing Contest.”
The evening was a love letter to the show, said MCU Park spokesman Billy Harner. To mark the occasion, the park — renamed Vandalay Industries Park for the evening — pulled out all the stops, he said. Early-arriving fans were handed Keith Hernandez bobble head toys, batters warmed up in puffy pirate shirts, Frosted Flakes fanatics gorged on Jerry’s go-to snack during a cereal-eating contest, and the Soup Nazi himself threw out one of 13 ceremonial first pitches.
“I loved the marble rye fishing contest,” said Andi D’Angelo, who explained that teams tried to hook loaves on the field from the stadium balcony in homage to a bread-burgling ploy that Costanza and Seinfeld bungled in an episode called “The Rye.”
The theme night is one of many in the Cyclone’s schedule (see for instance the zombie brains-eating contest, facing page) but it stands out for fans who can’t get enough of the hit ’90s television show.
“I heard about it a month ago, so I immediately told my husband that we had to get tickets,” D’Angelo said. “We showed up at 10 am and waited all day to get in.”