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Jerry Seinfeld birthday tribute: 10 best sports moments from the show

Jerry Seinfeld birthday tribute: 10 best sports moments from the show

Jerry Seinfeld with famed guest star Keith Hernandez at Shea Stadium in 2005. (Photo: Jim McIsaac, Getty Images)

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld turns 63 on Saturday, and while he  bashed birthdays on his show  in an attempt to be dark and disturbed – "nevitably, irrevocably: Happy birthday? No such thing" – we wanted to mark the occasion with the top 10 sports moments from Seinfeld . Giddyup.

10. "This is America!"

Sitting in the owner’s box at Yankee Stadium with George and Kramer, Elaine is asked to remove her Orioles hat. She refuses, a scuffle with George ensues and Kramer is beaned by a foul ball. Oddly enough, in 2014, Kate Upton found herself in a similar situation  while wearing a Tigers hat in the Bronx.

9. "Get your shrimp here"

Playing with Jerry’s softball team, George is berated by Bette Midler as he gets ready to bat. He runs over Midler at the plate later in the game, injuring the Broadway star. Jerry was dating Midler’s understudy, so conspiracy theories emerge about George/Jerry putting a bounty on Midler.

8. “Gotta support the team”

Elaine’s boyfriend Puddy is a huge Devils fan, and his team is locked in a playoff series with the Rangers. Puddy reveals himself to Elaine as a “face-painter” since he’s “gotta support the team,” which ultimately ends with him terrifying a priest. Jerry and Kramer try to procure tickets for a game the entire episode, but eventually, the only seats available are with Puddy and his D-E-V-I-L-S body-painting friends.

7. Ball Man

Kramer aces his tryout to be a ballboy at the U.S. Open, but his overzealous style results in him knocking out Monica Seles during a match.

6. "I own the inside of that plate"

Kramer attends a Yankees fantasy camp and reveals that he sparked a benches-clearing brawl by plunking Joe Pepitone – who was crowding the plate. Kramer winds up blindly punching Mickey Mantle.

5. "Cotton breathes" 

Buck Showalter has always been an innovative manager, perhaps no more so than when he lets George pitch him on a new kind of baseball uniform.

4. "That's not a home run!" 

After George gets grapefruit in his eye, his winking leads Kramer to sell George Steinbrenner's birthday card -- which had been signed by the entire organization. The framed card ends up with a sick kid in the hospital, who agrees to give the memorabilia back to Kramer if Paul O’Neill hits two home runs in the next game. O’Neill hits one, but his presumed second homer later is ruled a triple with an error.

3. "... Billy Martin" 

In perhaps Larry David’s best cameo as Steinbrenner, he lists Yankees managers whom he parted ways with in the 1980s and 1990s. Finally, he reveals his intent to ditch Buck Showalter.

2. “I’m Keith Hernandez”

There’s so much happening with Keith Hernandez in “The Boyfriend” two-parter, but the former All-Star explaining his recollection of Roger McDowell spitting on Newman and Kramer is absolutely perfect. Fun fact: Darryl Strawberry was originally supposed to be the “Second Spitter.”

1. "Ken Phelps" 

Frank Costanza at his finest. While Steinbrenner is


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Stagecoach: Dierks Bentley, Jerry Lee Lewis set the stage for Shania Twain


Dierks Bentley looked like he was about to go Pete Townshend on his poor guitar at Stagecoach Friday. (Photo: Omar Ornelas, The Desert Sun-USA TODAY NETWORK)

Jerry Lee Lewis put on a killer show and Dierks Bentley played to perhaps the biggest crowd in Stagecoach history Friday, but it was all just a warm-up for Saturday’s headline show by Shania Twain.

Twain, 51, is scheduled to introduce her first new song in 15 years at 10:15 p.m. on the Mane Stage and that alone is enough to catapult the 11-year-old country music festival at Indio’s Empire Polo Club into a new universe.

Twain, the best-selling female recording artist in country music history with more than 85 million records sold, has talked on television talk shows about her new song, Life’s About To Get Good , and called attention to its release as the first “fifth chair” judge in the history of NBC’s hit talent show  The Voice . She has said the song is “optimistic and hopeful, no matter how bad life can get.”

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But she has refused to sing the song or put the video on YouTube until after it premieres at Stagecoach. The album, her first not produced by her ex-husband and her first to feature all original songs, isn’t due for release until the fall. She didn’t perform from 2004 to 2012 due to a weakened voice caused by a condition called dysphonia, so her introduction of the single at Stagecoach is being looked upon as a major news story.

Stagecoach programmer Stacy Vee said there’s never been so much national attention focused on the festival and it’s due to the anticipation over Twain’s new song.

Almost overlooked in all the Twain hoopla is the fact that Willie Nelson is playing his first music festival since releasing his latest album, God’s Problem Child , on April 17. It features the last recording by piano legend Leon Russell and a song written about Nelson’s late outlaw country colleague, Merle Haggard. Nelson is scheduled to perform at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday in the big Palomino tent.

Stagecoach day one fans said they were already satisfied just by the opportunity to see 81-year-old singer-pianist Jerry Lee Lewis make his Coachella Valley debut.

“This is the best part of the whole thing,” said Donna Zeller of La Quinta. “This is all I really want to see. I think it’s going to be the best.”

At 81, Jerry Lee Lewis can still put on quite a show.

At 81, Jerry Lee Lewis can still put on quite a show.   (Photo: Jay Calderon, The Desert Sun-USA TODAY NETWORK)

Lewis is one of the few performers who can say he had a major motion picture ( Great Balls of Fire ) and a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical ( Million Dollar Quartet , for which Levi Kreis won a Tony for playing Lewis) based at least in part on his life. His Sun Records producer, Sam Phillips, sold Elvis Presley’s contract to RCA in 1956 because he thought Lewis would be


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