Hey, have you heard? Jerry Seinfeld has a new movie out. I actually heard an interesting interview on his promotional tour on Friday. Comedian Jim Breuer has a really fun show every weekday afternoon on Sirius Satellite Radio and he did a great interview with Seinfeld. There can't be 2 comics who are much more different in their styles, be it on or off-stage. Seinfeld is meticulous and sharply sarcastic. Breuer is bombastic, bigger than life, bringing a rock and roll feel to his comedy, following the example of his metal band heroes. The one common bond the 2 share is that they are both huge Mets fans, something that Breuer talks about on a regular basis.
During their sitdown, Seinfeld brought up how he wouldn't want ARod to join the Mets. I'm paraphrasing here, but it is Seinfeld's basic contention that he doesn't like all the deep breathing he does before each at-bat. He said that ARod seems to almost be tantric while preparing for each pitch. Seinfeld then discussed how he felt that Willie Randolph needs to go back to his Yankee look and lose the Harry Reems mustache he has sported more recently. Jerry is conservative when it comes to baseball and believes the Mets manager should lose the porn stache, as it sets a bad tone. Just like most comedy, this retelling loses a lot in the blog translation, but the whole segment was hilarious and made me wish that Seinfeld would do an hour a month on some talk radio show, breaking down sports in his observational comedic way.
Discussing the future of the Mets, Breuer did your typical rabid fan take, believing that the Mets should trade their whole bullpen to the Twins for Santana. He obviously doesn't realize that the bullpen is the area the Twins need the least help in, but I enjoyed his passion about the game. There are questions about how much MLB pitchman Dane Cook knows baseball, but there is no doubt how strongly these 2 comics feel about the game. My experience has been that very few comics I have run into have any interest in baseball, so it was really cool hearing a couple top-rate comics like Breuer and Seinfeld discuss the game from a different perspective than you get from a pure baseball analyst.
I read this Q/A in Sporting News with Rush's Geddy Lee, a couple of months ago, and have been looking for a place to put it in. The piece outlines how Lee is a huge Fantasy baseball fan. Geddy sang my favorite version of O Canada at an All-Star game, so I knew he was familiar with baseball. Below are a few of my favorite excerpts. The intererview was conducted by Matt Crossman.
Sporting News: I hear your fantasy league is hard-core.
Geddy Lee: It's a fantastic indulgence in baseball insanity. We have 40-man rosters. We have very, very tough eligibility rules....
SN: Do you really check your fantasy lineup during intermissions (at concerts)?
Lee: With the internet, I can check and see if I've got a pitcher going.
SN: Limelight is your best song. It quotes William Shakespeare. Are you ever going to do a song that features Peter Gammons?
Lee: It's possible, especially now that I know him. He's very quotable--one of the greatest storytellers I've ever met in my life. He is fantastic character. He knows almost as much about music as he does about baseball.