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Perhaps the most famous New York Mets fan in the world is comedian Jerry Seinfeld. In 1992, Keith Hernandez appeared in a two-part episode of Seinfeld titled "The Boyfriend." The A plot is about Hernandez dating the character Elaine.
However, the episode is better remembered for its B plot, about an incident from June 14, 1987, when Hernandez committed an error against the Phillies that cost the Mets the game (according to Retrosheet.org, the Mets actually beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh that day).
According to the episode, Kramer and Newman heckled Hernandez as he walked out of the player's gate, and then the Mets first baseman, they claimed, spit on them.
Seinfeld defends Hernandez, spoofing the Kennedy assassination's "Magic Bullet Theory", saying there had to be a "second spitter." In the end, it ends up that Roger McDowell was the second spitter, spitting on the two after they heckled him during the game and Newman spilled a beer on his head.
Hernandez also appeared in the series finale.
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