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The Boyfriend

Ellen Adair June 23, 2021

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This week on Take Me In to the Ballgame:

Ellen Adair and Eric Gilde discuss the 1992 Seinfeld episode, “The Boyfriend.” They introduce the episode (1:34), and review the 20-80 baseball scouting grades for rating it (5:47). In Amount of Baseball (12:28), the scouts consider how the presence of actual baseball players impacts their scoring. Baseball Accuracy (17:02) considers Keith Hernandez’s status as a Civil War buff, defensive acumen, and 1979 MVP award (with nods to Greg Maddux and Willie Stargell). Also discussed are Roger McDowell’s antics (Gary Carter and Tommy Greene) and the 1986 World Series. Praise of jokes and structure make up a lot of the discussion of Storytelling (37:20), as does an examination of Keith and Jerry’s friendship. After talking about the Score (51:59), Eric and Ellen then talk acting (54:44), with praise of the ensemble and thoughts on Jerry Seinfeld’s acting ability specifically. Delightfulness of Catcher (1:01:14) and Delightfulness of Announcer (1:01:59) are pretty thin, but Jerry’s behavior around Keith and George’s date give Ellen and Eric plenty to consider in Lack of Misogyny (1:02:14). No spoilers on the following segments: Yes or No (1:08:31), Six Degrees of Baseball (1:12:59), Favorite Moment (1:13:36), Least Favorite Moment (1:15:47), Scene We Would Have Liked to See (1:18:53), Dreamiest Player (1:21:11), Favorite Performance (1:21:37) Review Thank You (1:24:00) and Next Time (1:24:45).


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