I bet most of you don't know who Cody Bellinger is.
Which if you don't follow baseball that closely, makes sense. He's on the West Coast (plays for the Dodgers), and he's only 21 years old. Bellinger is a rookie 1B/LF for the Los Angeles Dodgers who doesn't even have 60 major league games under his belt yet.
However, in only 57 games this season Bellinger already has 24 home runs; which leads the National League. To steal a line from the real life Jerry Seinfeld; Larry David, Cody's a pretty, prettty, preeeettttty big deal.
What's an even bigger deal is this kid apparently didn't know who fucking Jerry Seinfeld is. Which became a decently big internet story this weekend that I am bringing to you on a slow Monday.
Now I'm an SVP guy, but I think he took it wayyyy too easy on Bellinger here. He was just like that's incredible and just a sign there's "younger dudes" in the bigs. Which to me is a little too soft a take. I don't care if you're only 21 how the fuck do you not know who Jerry Seinfeld is? Saying "he had a tv show" is like saying Eddie Vedder "kind of sings sometimes", or Tom Hanks "was in a couple movies".
Maybe I'm jaded from being a history guy, and also dealing with kids who don't know anything about the world before they were born (honestly kids in High School know nothing about the world pre- 2007ish) but not knowing who Jerry Seinfeld is is inexcusable. I'm not even saying you need to be familiar with Seinfeld, and know the bits, because I'm 25 and I don't know a ton. Moreso shit just through it being referenced in pop culture. Seinfeld definitely was a little before my time, but I've seen reruns, and also just have a fucking brain and can recognize one of the most popular comedians of our time. Not to sound like an old man yelling at kids to keep off the lawn, but honestly kids nowadays know next to fucking nothing about anything that happened before they were alive. It's insane, and it's honestly a shame, the generation that has grown up entirely with technology, doesn't use it to learn a thing or two about life before them. Too busy with fidget spinners to spend a few minutes doing wikipedia research like we did growing up.
Maybe it's just because I'm a history guy and love to learn about pop culture of older generations, but shit like this always pisses me off. Now I get it if you're like 20 and don't know what Hit Clips or Tamagotchi's were, becuase they were big, but can be forgotten a little over time, but to not know who Jerry Seinfeld is is next to inexcusable. It honestly blows my mind. Did this kid literally just play baseball his entire life? Has he not surfed the tv ever? Like during any time, during the day in his entire life? Because Seinfeld is one of those shows that is on at least 7 hours a day across all networks. You can run into 3 hours of Seinfeld on TBS by mistake any day of the week. I just can't wrap my head around someone being that ignorant to someone so huge. I bet this kid doesn't even know who Corey Matthews is which would be an even bigger shame.