Jerry Stiller’s death has a baseball star from the 1990s unexpectedly trending – Yahoo Sports

Posted: May 14, 2020 at 5:42 pm

Jerry Stiller, the comedian best known for playing Frank Constanza on Seinfeld, died Monday at the age of 92 and with it, a baseball player from the 1990s was unexpectedly trudged into Twitters trending topics.

As any Seinfeld devotee knows, were talking, of course, about Jay Buhner.

Jay Buhner isnt a Hall of Famer by any means. He was just an All-Star once while playing 15 years in the big leagues for the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. Hes remembered for a few things, though his menacing look at the plate, pairing with Ken Griffey Jr. in the Mariners lineup, and, oddly enough, one of the best Frank Costanza moments on Seinfeld.

Seinfeld loved baseball, with the famous cameo from Keith Hernandez and all the George Steinbrenner jokes. On the show, George Constanza was employed by the Yankees as an assistant to the traveling secretary, which brought forth many baseball-centric jokes.

In this famous scene thats getting shared across social media again, Seinfelds version of George Steinbrenner comes to see Frank and Estelle Constanza to tell them their son George was dead. Frank Constanza, played brilliantly by Stiller, responds not with grief about his son, but by lambasting Steinbrenner for trading Buhner to the Mariners.

Here are the quotables for those of you who dont have it memorized:

Frank: What the hell did you trade Jay Buhner for?He had 30 home runs, and over 100 RBIs last year. Hes got a rocket for an arm. You dont know what the hell youre doin!

Steinbrenner: Well, Buhner was a good prospect, no question about it. But my baseball people loved Ken Phelps bat. They kept saying 'Ken Phelps, Ken Phelps.'

R.I.P. Jerry Stiller. And, yes, the Jay Buhner trade remains one of the worst of the era for the Yankees.

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