On his classic show “Seinfeld,” Jerry once described declarations of love as a “Pretty big matzo ball,” because once you throw out the phrase “I love you” it just sits there. And these days, the lifelong Mets fan is throwing out a lot of matzo balls.
Friday evening (Jan. 22) after a very long, heavily-analyzed offseason dance between Seinfeld’s Metropolitans and Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes, the two finally were able to agree on terms that will bring the outfielder back to The Big Apple. And the “Riding in Cars with Comedians” funnyman continued to celebrate his love for the homerun hitter by returning to a theme: Cespedes Festivus.
“I reached for Cespedes, but so did another team,” Seinfeld writes on Twitter. “As I rained money upon him, I realized there had to be another way. A one-year opt out.”
For non-baseball fans, the tweet works on two levels: First, as a reference to the sticking point for Cespedes’ contract negotiations: The ability to return to free agency after the 2016 season. Secondly, the tweet is a variation on Frank Constanza’s classic line regarding Festivus, the holiday season for the rest of us.
Making matters even more hilarious, the comment ties back to a previous moment as perfectly as any final joke in a “Seinfeld” episode. Because when the then-barely-hanging-on Mets traded for Yoenis Cespedes last season, Seinfeld welcomed him to the team by tweeting a Festivus joke.
“Oh my god, Mets, ” he wrote at the time. “I can’t believe I can actually say this, but is it true that there is now ‘A Cespedes for the rest of us’?”
Of course, Yoenis Cespedes then went on to tear the cover off the ball for months, almost single-handedly carrying Seinfeld’s team all the way to the World Series. Seinfeld attended many of the games in person, often alongside friends like Chris Rock, reacting to Cespedes homeruns with moments like this:
Needless to say, Jerry Seinfeld is excited that Cespedes is returning to the Mets for the 2016 season, and is throwing out some huge matzo balls right now. And undoubtedly, the comedian is hoping that the baseball will look equally big to the slugger when he stands in the batter’s box this season.