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Seinfeld Moment: You Traded Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps?!?!

You traded Ken Phelps for Jay Buhner?!?!

You traded Ken Phelps for Jay Buhner?!?!

One of the most famous sports moments in the long history of the award-winning sitcom Seinfeld involves a trade between the Mariners and Yankees – Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps.

Phelps is a resident of Arizona and has been helping out with the radio broadcasts during spring training. Buhner is in town for a few days helping as a guest instructor on the minor league side. And today the two got together to take a picture and chat about one of the legendary sports moments in Hollywood history. Here is The Bone and Digger talking about the famous episode:

In the episode titled The Caddy that debuted on Jan. 26, 1996, Frank Costanza had a legendary interaction with the actor-portrayed George Steinbrenner:

Frank: What the hell did you trade Jay Buhner for?!? He had 30 home runs, and over 100 RBIs last year. He’s got a rocket for an arm. You don’t know what the hell you’re 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.”

Here is the video clip of the episode:

Phelps and Buhner joined the ROOT SPORTS broadcast during today’s Athletics-Mariners game in Peoria, where they discussed the baseball trade of Seinfeld lore.

Jay Buhner Raises 12th Man Flag

Jay Buhner was “Bad to the Bone” when he raised the 12th Man Flag at the last regular season Seahawks game Dec. 29 at CenturyLink Field. Jay got the sold-out crowd fired up before the Seahawks went on to beat the Rams 27-9, securing home field advantage for the playoffs.

Here are a few videos from the 12th Man Flag-raising event:

Here are some fun photos of Jay raising the flag:

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Buhner raising the 12th Man Flag is the latest of a string of Mariners to take part in the tradition…

Dec. 29, 2013 – Jay Buhner
Jan. 14, 2011 – Niehaus Family (at the Space Needle)
Oct. 30, 2011 – Felix Hernandez
January 3, 2009 – Ken Griffey Jr.
January 5, 2007 – Jamie Moyer
October 21, 2007 – Ichiro
October 22, 2006 – Dave Niehaus
December 6, 2004 – Edgar Martinez

Toys for Kids Shopping Spree

Jay and Leah Buhner turn up every year for the Toys for Kids shopping spree.

Jay and Leah Buhner turn up every year for the Toys for Kids shopping spree.

Rick Rizzs, Jay Buhner and volunteers from 18 Seattle area social service agencies and charities gathered before sunrise at the Toys R Us in Bellevue Tuesday to spend $250,000 on gifts to brighten the holidays for children across the region.

Toys for Kids started as a good idea over 17 years ago when Rizzs, Buhner, Dave Henderson and several other former Mariners players passed the hat to help needy families. Today, that act of goodwill has grown into a non-profit organization that provides holiday cheer to more than 6,000 children each year.

Volunteers from Atlantic Street Center turned out in force to shop for 1,500 children.

Volunteers from Atlantic Street Center turned out in force to shop for 1,500 children.

Various fundraising efforts over the year culminate in a shopping spree at Toys R Us. Volunteers from organizations such as Atlantic Street Center, Broadview Women’s Shelter, Harborview Medical Center, Union Gospel Mission Family Services, and Vision House swarm the store beginning at 6am, lists in hand, to buy gifts for kids who might not otherwise receive one.

Maria Ochoa-Meyers, who was shopping for Communities in Schools of Renton, was looking for art supplies and Barbies. Although the ghoulish Monster High dolls are increasingly popular, “girls still like Barbie,” she said.

A team from Atlantic Street Center turned out in red Mariners T-shirts to fill the wish lists of 1,500 kids. By 6:45am, they had already filled to overflowing 23 shopping carts, with more to go.

Rick Rizzs fuels up with coffee and a donut before the annual Toys for Kids shopping spree.

Rick Rizzs fuels up with coffee and a donut before the annual Toys for Kids shopping spree.

Next Thursday and Saturday Santa Moose, Rick Rizzs, and some surprise guests will start delivering the gifts at parties at Seattle Ronald McDonald House and Harborview Medical Center.

It’s not too late to help out. You can make a tax deductible donation online at, or you can find out how to give some or all of the proceeds from your sales on ebay to help the cause.

Power Shopping for Kids

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Bright and early this morning (well, early, anyway), Rick Rizzs, Jay Buhner and his family and a team of volunteers converged on Toys R Us in Bellevue to spend over $173,000 on gifts to help brighten the holidays for children and needy families across the Puget Sound.

The shopping spree started at 6am, before the store opened to the public. Volunteers fanned out across the store for two hours, piling shopping carts full of games and puzzles and dolls and toys of all manner.

Toys For Kids was started over 16 years ago by Rick Rizzs and Dave Henderson to buy toys and gifts for children in the greater Seattle area that might not otherwise receive them. In 2000, the Mariners RBI Club got involved, hosting the annual Toys For Kids Auction, which was held on November 17 in Bellevue. Since 1995, Toys For Kids has raised about $1 million.

The toys will be distributed in several events at various participating organizations. The first is Saturday, December 8, at Yesler Community Center.

A total of 17 organizations will participate in Toys For Kids this holiday season including The Country Doctor community clinic, Atlantic Street Center, Ronald McDonald House Seattle, Hopelink, Seattle Children’s Home, Harborview Medical Center, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Vision House, Broadview Women’s Shelter, YWCA Seattle EmergencyHousing, Union Gospel Mission Family Services, First Avenue Service Center, Family and Adult Service Center, First Place School.