Simon: Jerry Seinfeld, Mets superfan

From SABR member Mark Simon at on August 14, 2014:

One of the world’s funniest people is also one of the world’s biggest baseball fans.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld says he thinks about baseball all the time and that he’s fascinated by almost anything related to the sport and to his favorite team — the New York Mets.

Seinfeld is currently preparing for the fifth season of his popular web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and producing “single-shot” mini-episodes on various topics, the next of which, on marriage, will be on the site Thursday afternoon.

We talked to Jerry on Wednesday and got his thoughts on all things baseball.

What was your first baseball memory?

It’s a cliché, but walking through the tunnel at Shea Stadium of a night game, seeing that color — the green and the seats and the lights. My cousin, who was much older than me, took me. My dad wasn’t a sports fan. I was probably 10 or 11, and when those lights hit you and you see the green grass — that’s my first really powerful baseball moment. I remember getting a new pair of sneakers and saving them for that day, because I wanted a new pair of sneakers for my first time going to see a baseball game. They were white Keds.

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Originally published: August 14, 2014. Last Updated: August 14, 2014.