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Wednesday is 30th anniversary of fictional Keith Hernandez game on ‘Seinfeld’

Kramer, Newman and Keith Hernandez discussing the events of June 14, 1987 on “Seinfeld.” Laughter is good medicine, scientists know.
Kramer, Newman and Keith Hernandez discussing the events of June 14, 1987 on “Seinfeld.” Laughter is good medicine, scientists know.

Let the record show that on June 14, 1987, Keith Hernandez had two hits including a home run as the New York Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 at Three Rivers Stadium.

However, in an alternate (fictional) universe, Hernandez made a crucial error that opened the door to a five-run Phillies ninth inning and cost the Mets the game at Shea Stadium on June 14, 1987. That game also featured Mets relief pitcher Roger McDowell spitting on a pair of fans.

That never happened, of course.

I’m talking about “The Boyfriend” episode from season three of the TV show “Seinfeld.” Here are the interactions from the show involving Jerry, Kramer, Newman and Hernandez:

“Seinfield” remains one of my favorite shows, and to me, this is the best episode.

It started with sports: Jerry, George and Kramer having just played basketball (I once named a fantasy NBA team “The Chuckers”). There is the great riff off the movie “JFK,” George works like a maniac to keep his unemployment benefits going, he literally gets caught with is pants down (“And you want to be my latex salesman!”) and the episode explores the limits of a male relationship (“He asked you to help him move??).

This is the cherry on the top: George and Jerry having a discussion about their favorite explorers. It’s such a stupid thing to feel passionate about, but I could relate.

It’s a classic episode.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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