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Didja Ever Notice? A Good Walk-Off Spoiled

Among the sightings at Shea Stadium on Tuesday were a fan in a Joe McEwing jersey, what I'm guessing was the father of two children wearing a t-shirt that read "I love my (balls)," a teen sporting a "Please hold this beer while I f*** your girlfriend" t-shirt, and a brawl between a mother-daughter combo more fit for Jerry Springer than the returning No. 7 train.

Other than the McEwing jersey, I found the other sites rather discomforting, particularly that of baseball clearing fence in the 11th inning. Tuesday was the first time all season that the Mets were tied entering the 9th inning and failed to win, basically meaning that it was the first time they'd had an opportunity for a walk-off in which they failed to convert.

It was an odd night, one in which I'm embarassed to admit that I got stumped by a between-innings trivia question for which I should have known the answer, and I'll post it here as a public service to those who may also be uninformed.

Whose hosting of Saturday Night Live was taped and subsequently postponed due to the lengthy running of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series?

The answer is the actress, Rosanna Arquette (my dad and I both guessed Mets fan Glenn Close), someone with whose work I'm not terribly familiar.

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Anonymous said…
Did they show the bit Ron Darling taped in which he apologized for postponing "SNL"? A great Met popular culture moment.

Rosanna Arquette was at her peak circa 1985, starring in "Desperately Seeking Susan" and "After Hours". Her name, if not her specific persona, was borrowed by Toto for their hit "Rosanna" in 1982 when she wasn't particularly well-known. She was dating one of the guys in the band. "Rosanna," of course, is the No. 8 song of all-time, according to me.

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