A promotion about nothing? Hardly.
With the 25th anniversary of the classic television sitcom “Seinfeld” approaching, the Brooklyn Cyclones will pay homage to the show with a “Salute to Seinfeld Night.” Several of the funnier episodes will be honored by the Class A New York-Penn League affiliate of the New York Mets (Jerry’s favorite team in real life) on July 5.
The first 2,500 fans will receive a Keith Hernandez “Magic Loogie” bobblehead. Anyone who can prove they’re a latex salesman will get in free to honor George Costanza’s alias of Art Vandelay from his unemployment days. Newman, the outcast nosy mailman who was Jerry’s neighbor and nemesis, will be honored by having mailmen throw out the first pitch.
In addition, there will be a cereal eating contest (Jerry’s favorite food), an Elaine Benes dance contest and other Seinfeld-themed events. The Cyclones’ players will take batting practice that night in “puffy shirts.”
The Cyclones have reached out to the Mets to see if Seinfeld will attend the event at MCU Park, which will be renamed Vandelay Industries Park for that night. But if he’s unavailable, maybe Kevin, aka Bizzaro Jerry, can make an appearance along with Feldman from across the hall.
■ WELL-PAID LADS — Question: Which pro sports team has the highest salary per athlete?
Answer: Manchester City’s soccer team. According to Sporting Intelligence’s annual Global Sports Salary Survey, the average salary per player is $8,109,912. The New York Yankees are second at $8,031,948 per player, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers at $7,778,336.
What’s interesting is that ManCity and the Yanks have partnered on a Major League Soccer franchise starting in 2015 which will play its home games in Yankee Stadium until the team, named New York F.C., gets its own stadium in the Bronx.
So what’s that saying about the rich cavorting among themselves?
■ ROYAL TREATMENT — It’s not like the Kansas City Royals are an iconic franchise. But they do have their fans worldwide.
One of them, Lorde, the singer-songwriter from New Zealand, is a fan, particularly of Hall of Famer George Brett. Her hit song “Royals” is inspired by a photo of Brett she saw in a 1976 copy of National Geographic magazine.
Lorde was performing Tuesday at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and in the crowd was, you guessed it, Brett. He had been invited to one of her shows before but a schedule conflict prevented him from attending. She also has a signed Royals jersey from Brett with the inscription “Lorde, you are Royal to me.”
Lorde has also connected with another American icon — Bruce Springsteen — who opened his shows in New Zealand last month with his own version of “Royals.”
■ A-ROD A FLIPPER — So, what’s a guy to do when he’s barred from playing baseball? If you’re Alex Rodriguez, you flip houses.
According to The Wall Street Journal, A-Rod, with the help of his sister, recently sold his Miami Beach condominium for $2.575 million. He originally paid $2.1 million.
Who needs baseball?
COMPILED BY STEVE CARP LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL