Jerry Seinfeld spent a few innings in the SNY booth Tuesday night with Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen. Unlike his appearance in 2010, when he drew headlines for calling Lady Gaga a jerk, this time around Seinfeld was much more subdued.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
During his time in the booth Seinfeld came across primarily as one thing: a long-suffering Mets’ fan.
The Mets have long since been eliminated from playoff contention and most of their marquee players — David Wright and Matt Harvey — are injured, yet Seinfeld still had plenty of opinions on the Juan Lagares, Matt den Dekkers and Daniel Murphys of the world.
During the fourth inning Seinfeld and Hernandez talked about the former Gold Glove first baseman’s guest-spot on the 1992 “Seinfeld” episode, “The Boyfriend.” Hernandez noted that the show’s writers were all weirdos.
Seinfeld also talked about how adding Tim Lincecum in the offseason would give the Mets an “instant cool-guy upgrade.” He was inquisitive, asking the booth why there wasn’t more padding in the outfield. There were plenty of quick one-liners that prompted more laughter than on the set of an NFL pregame show.
If there was a highlight of the broadcast it was Seinfeld coming back from the break joking the booth thought it was racist that he confused Giants’ players Angel Pagan and Brandon Crawford because of their similar haircuts. (That actually sounds like a rejected “Curb Your Enthusiasm” plot.)
More than anything Seinfeld came off like an actual, day-in, day-out baseball fan … one who just so happens to root for the Mets. Again, not that there’s anything wrong with that.