Stephen Visits The NY Mets With Ideas For Modernizing Baseball


>>Stephen: I’M GLAD IT’S
FRIDAY.>>Jon: YEAH, IT FEELS GOOD.>>Stephen: SUMMERTIME, YOU
JUST WANT TO GET OUT. DO YOU GO TO THE BASEBALL GAMES?>>Jon: YEAH, WE WENT TO A
GAME TOGETHER LAST TIME.>>Stephen: WE WENT TO A METS
GAME.>>Jon: YEAH.>>Stephen: FUNNY YOU SHOULD
SAY THAT BECAUSE I’VE ALWAYS BEEN A BIG BASEBALL FAN. THE OL’ BALL AND STICK. “ROUNDERS,” AS WE CALLED IT WHEN
I WAS A LAD. TO MAKE SURE BASEBALL REMAINS
AMERICA’S PAST TIME, THE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
HAS INTRODUCED NEW RULES TO INCREASE THE SPEED OF PLAY AND
ATTRACT NEW FANS: THEY’VE LIMITED THE NUMBER OF MOUND
VISITS, REQUIRED BATTERS TO STAY IN THE BOX, AND THEY FINALLY
NEUTERED THE PHILLY PHANATIC. ( LAUGHTER )
BUT THERE ARE STILL MORE INNOVATIONS I’D LIKE TO SEE IN
THE GAME, SO I VISITED THE NEW YORK METS TO TAKE A SWING AT
PITCHING THEM SOME IDEA… BALLS. JIM?>>BEING A FAN OF THE GAME, I
TREKKED A CITY FIELD TO TALK TO THE NEW YORK METS ABOUT SOME OF
THESISH SHIEWNSD PITCH SOME IDEAS OF MY OWN.>>STEPHEN: NOW, M.L.B. WANTS TO
INCREASE THE PACE OF PLAY IN THE GAME, ALL RIGHT? THEY’VE GOT SOME IDEAS ON HOW TO
DO THAT. HOPE YOU AND I COULD FIGURE OUT
SOME IDEAS– TODAY TO GET THE MILLENNIALS, THE SNAPCHATS, THE
SNAPCHAT GENERATIONS, THE PEOPLE WHO WANNA GRAM THE GAME AS MUCH
AS THEY WANNA WATCH THE GAME. YOU READY TO DO IT?>>WITHOUT A DOUBT. LET’S TRY IT.>>STEPHEN: OKAY HERE’S AN IDEA. AT BAT, HAVE A LEFT-HANDED AND A
RIGHT-HANDED BATTER AT THE SAME TIME, SWINGIN’ FROM BOTH SIDES
OF THE PLATE.>>WOW.>>STEPHEN: THAT WAY, THEY GOT
THE WHOLE STRIKE ZONE COVERED.>>SO WHAT HAPPENS IF THEY BOTH
SWING AT THE SAME TIME?>>STEPHEN: SOMEONE GETS HURT.>>(LAUGHS)
>>STEPHEN: WITH THE NEW PACE OF PLAY THEY WANT HERE, THEY’RE
ONLY ALLOWING SIX VISITS TO THE MOUND. YOU KNOW THAT, RIGHT?>>CORRECT.>>WE’RE AWARE.>>STEPHEN: SO WE’VE GOTTA MAKE
EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE MOUND VISITS COUNT, DO YOU UNDERSTAND?>>I AGREE.>>STEPHEN: IT NEEDS TO COUNT
OUT THERE AND IT NEEDS TO COUNT IN HERE, OKAY, KEVIN? I WANT YOU TO TELL JERRY HOW YOU
FEEL ABOUT THE WAY HE’S PITCHING.>>I THINK YOU’RE- YOU’RE
THROWIN’ THE BALL GREAT. BUT THERE’S A LOT OF ROOM FOR
IMPROVEMENT.>>STEPHEN: OKAY. AND JERRY, HOW DOES THAT MAKE
YOU FEEL? HE JUST SAID YOU’RE NOT GOOD.>>I LIKE THAT HE STARTED OFF
POSITIVE, BUT IT FELT LIKE HE WENT DEEP WITH WE COULD DO
BETTER.>>STEPHEN: YOU’RE HIDING A LOT
OF PAIN RIGHT NOW.>>(LAUGHS)
>>STEPHEN: SHH, SHH, SHH. DON’T- DON’T COVER YOUR PAIN
WITH LAUGHTER. THE RUNNER CAN CHOOSE TO GO FROM
SECOND, STRAIGHT TO HOME, BUT HE HAS TO FIGHT THE PITCHER–
>>ALL RIGHT, WELL–>>STEPHEN: –TO GET ALL THE WAY
TO HOME– HOME PLATE.>>I LIKE THE FIGHTING PART. I ENJOY THAT. ♪
♪>>STEPHEN: DO YOU KNOW WHY
THERE’RE NINE INNINGS?>>NO, I DON’T.>>STEPHEN: ORIGINALLY, IT WAS
FOR THE NINE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES BECAUSE THE
COMMISSIONER OF BASEBALL WAS KENESAW MOUNTAIN LANDIS, WHO WAS
A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE.>>WOW. ALL RIGHT. WELL, THAT MAKES SENSE THEN.>>STEPHEN: EVEN THOUGH I MADE
IT UP, IT STILL MAKES SENSE?>>(LAUGHS)
>>STEPHEN: ONE BALL HAS A BLACK DOT ON IT ALL SEASON LONG. AND IF SOMEBODY HITS THE BALL
THAT HAS THE BLACK DOT ON IT, EVERYBODY IN THE STANDS GETS TO
BEAT HIM TO DEATH ‘CAUSE IT’S BAT NIGHT.>>THIS ESCALATED VERY QUICKLY.>>STEPHEN: IT DID– ALL RIGHT. SOMEBODY’S DROPPED A CONTACT. FIND IT. FIND THE CONTACT. WHERE IS THE CONTACT? LOTS OF TEAMS HAVE FIREWORKS
THAT GO OFF WHEN THERE’S A HOMERUN. HERE’S MY IDEA. WE STILL HAVE THE FIREWORKS. BUT THE FIREWORKS CAN IS POINTED
AT THE FIELD. AND THEY GO OFF AT RANDOM TIMES.>>(LAUGH) I LIKE THAT.>>STEPHEN: JUST KEEPS EVERYBODY
AWARE. TOTALLY AWARE OF–
>>YOU GOTTA STAY AWAKE.>>STEPHEN: YEAH, YEAH. STAY ALERT. LET’S HUG IT OUT. LET’S HUG IT OUT. LET’S HUG IT OUT, ALL RIGHT? THAT’S GOOD. THAT’S GOOD.>>THAT FELT GOOD. THAT FELT RIGHT.>>STEPHEN: YOU GUYS FEELING
OKAY?>>I FEEL– I FEEL PRETTY GOOD.>>STEPHEN: ALL RIGHT. LET’S DO SOME TRUST FALLS. SQUAT. YOU’RE MONKEYS POOPING. EVERYBODY’S POOPING MONKEYS,
OKAY? NOW I UNDERSTAND YOU’VE GOT AN
IDEA. WHAT IS IT?>>YEAH, I’VE ALWAYS THOUGHT OF
THIS. ONE GAME ON HBO EVERY WEEK,
SUNDAY NIGHT GAME OR WHATEVER, HAVE THE COMMENTATORS SAY
WHATEVER YOU WANT ABOUT THE PLAYER, YOU KNOW? F-WORD, F-BOMBS, ALL THE WORLD. MIC UP EVERYBODY AND–
>>STEPHEN: ANYTHING GOES.>>ANYTHING GOES, YOU KNOW, NO
FIGHTING OR NOTHIN’ BUT JUST–>>STEPHEN: HOW ABOUT THIS? ONE GAME A WEEK ON HBO… NAKED?>>(LAUGHS)
>>STEPHEN: NAKED PLAYERS– NAKED PLAYERS FOR ONE INNING. OKAY. YOU GET TO WEAR A HELMET AND IF
YOU’RE BATTING, A CUP– THAT’S IT.>>BAM.>>STEPHEN: A LOT OF SUNSCREEN.>>(LAUGHS)
>>STEPHEN: TRUST FALL. ALL THIS HAD ME THINKING BIGGER. WHAT IF BASEBALL DIDN’T NEED
FIXING. WHAT IF IT JUST NEEDED TO BE
MARKETED TO NEW TELEVISION AUDIENCES. FOR EXAMPLE, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE
LOVE THE CBS SHOW, “YOUNG SHELDON.” I KNOW TV. YOU GUYS ARE ON TV. WHAT DO PEOPLE ON TV LOVE? YOUNGER VERSIONS OF BELOVED
CHARACTERS. SAY HELLO TO YOUNG TODD FRAZIER.>>ALL RIGHT. (LAUGHS) WHAT’S UP, MAN?>>HELLO.>>STEPHEN: TODD, YOUNG TODD.>>TODD, NICE TO MEET YOU, MAN.>>STEPHEN: YOUNG TODD, TODD.>>PLEASURE.>>STEPHEN: HE’S SUPER
INTELLIGENT. NOT GREAT AT BASEBALL, BUT LOVES
SCIENCE.>>ALL RIGHT. WELL, CLOSE ENOUGH. WE’LL TAKE THAT.>>STEPHEN: HAVE YOU SEEN “YOUNG
SHELDON” ON CBS?>>I HAVE NOT.>>STEPHEN: OKAY.>>(LAUGHS)
>>STEPHEN: MY LAST PITCH INVOLVED MAKING BASEBALL A
LITTLE MORE SEXY. LOOK, I WANT TO KEEP THIS
PROFESSIONAL. AND OBVIOUSLY, I DON’T WANT TO
PUT YOU ON THE SPOT HERE. BUT YOU’RE A PRIME, GREASED-UP
SLAB OF MAN MEAT. ( LAUGHTER )
♪ ♪
WOMEN WANT A MAN WHO WILL TAKE OVER HALF OF THE CHORES AT HOME. PROVE TO THEM YOU CARE. YOU’VE MADE COOKIES. OKAY? SHOW THEM THE COOKIES. ♪
♪ HERE, YOU READ A BOOK. WEAR GLASSES. SEEM SMART. YOU’RE READING THE BOOK. AND YOU’RE, LIKE, “OH, HMM, I
LOVE GAYLE KING’S NEW BOOK.”>>I LOVE GAYLE KING’S NEW BOOK.>>STEPHEN: YOU DON’T HAVE TO
SAY IT. JUST ACT IT. LOOK AT THE CAMERA LIKE YOU’RE
USING THE PUPPY FOR DATE BAIT. ♪
♪>>STEPHEN: DON’T LOOK AT ME. I’M NOT HERE. JUST LOOK AT–
>>HOLD ON.>>STEPHEN: BLANK. YOU’RE NOTHING. YOU’RE DEAD INSIDE. NOW YOU’RE READING THE BOOK AND
IT’S FILLING YOU WITH LIGHT. AND YOU’RE, LIKE, “I LOVE GAYLE
KING’S BOOK. IF I WERE OPRAH, I’D BE HER
FRIEND, TOO. NOW I’M SAD. I WAS HURT LIKE THAT, TOO. BUT NOW A MESSAGE OF HOPE.” ♪
♪ I KNOW YOU HATE CATS. BUT ACT LIKE YOU LIKE CATS, ALL
RIGHT, CLOSER TO THE FACE, TODD. ALL RIGHT. ALL RIGHT. BE KIND. YOU’RE FRIGHTENING THE CAT. ALL RIGHT. BE SEXY. SHOW ME SEXY. ♪
♪ BEFORE I SAID GOODBYE, THERE WAS
ONE THING LEFT FOR ME TO DO. THANKS, MAN. THANKS.>>NICE MEETING YOU. OH, ( BLEEP ).>>STEPHEN: WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK
WITH JANELLE MONAE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING )

100 thoughts on “Stephen Visits The NY Mets With Ideas For Modernizing Baseball

  1. Ha! Stephen called it "Rounders". He's the ONLY American I've ever seen call it that. I thought that was only us UK/Irish people who called it that

  2. He forgot to introduce a salary cap while doing this. Something baseball desperately needs.

  3. Hypothetically, if MLB went with that idea of naked baseball, wouldn't all the players need to wear cups, not just the batter? You never know when a baseball is going to hit the ground and pop up to hit a more sensitive type of ball.

  4. Wait, he tries to make baseball more sexy with those trading cards, but the cards use the Papyrus font. Stephen, you're sending mixed messages there buddy.

  5. i got some ideas. how bout a shot clock. taking too long is a ball.
    what if you get rid of the home run fence. only the foul line is out of play, so you have to really clobber the ball to get a homer and it's theoretically always possible to run it down and chuck it home. in san francisco, outfielders can jump in the water to fetch it.
    you can't bring on a new pitcher mid-inning, but you can switch to other players on the field. you could have the first baseman pitch if you need a lefty. and if you throw a bean ball, or intentionally walk a batter, the pitcher has to sit out the rest of the inning.
    batters can only hit once per inning and any runners still on base at the end of the lineup have to try to steal their way home.
    no warm-up pitches after the game starts.
    the ceremonial first pitch counts.

  6. I like the idea of trying to make the game better, but you can't talk to a last place team about that. Just sayin'.

  7. I think Stephen is so much funnier making jokes that arenโ€™t meant to criticize people, like these! I bet he really enjoyed himself in this, except for that last fall…

  8. WAIT WAIT WAIT!!!

    Between the anything goes weekly HBO game, and the nude inning, I will gladly go from baseball hater to its #1 fan. DO IT!

  9. Much as I love him, I have never laughed this hard with Stephen before. Maybe it helps that I really do not love baseball. * trust fall *

  10. every time someone talks about Baseball there needs to be an introduction video about it so the rest of the world can understand wtf is going on

  11. This was everything lmfao. I think they should take all of Stephens ideas and use them ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  12. From India we love you Stephen but I didn't understand a thing about baseball can you do a segment about improving cricket

  13. Well SHIT, If they just made baseball this funny, I'd tune in every Tuesday morning, or whenever it is they play.

  14. anybody follows baseball must either be brain dead or ready to be buried. its the most boring aside from golf that is the reason americans are dumb.

  15. This did actually make me a little more interested in baseball (the players, at least), and it made me smile so much my face hurts. The one "reading" the book was pretty good at taking direction, and the guy who ended up holding a kitten seemed like he was having the time of his life. I need more segments like this in my life right now.

  16. Having Stephen around to help, seems a very traumatic experience to those he's trying to help. Now I understand better why Trump is so pissed.

  17. That HBO idea is pretty kickass.. I'd watch that and I know 7* things about baseball.

    *including how to spell it.

  18. I remember when they introduced one-day cricket (before then, international matches usually went for five days). People complained that it was turning into baseball.

  19. Figure out how long between pitches to get a game that lasts an hour; any slower and the batter takes a base. I'd watch that; two plus hours? No thanks.

  20. Holy crap Jerry Blevins is TALL !!! and how adorable is it that Todd Frazier can hardly keep a straight face with Stephen!

  21. They need to find the old Mad magazine article 'basebrawl'. It had some good new rules. My favorite was that the batter keeps the bat while running the bases – why throw away your best weapon?

  22. I donโ€™t know who Todd Frazier is, but I just fell in love with his laugh. I could listen to him laugh allll day ๐Ÿ˜

  23. 5 teams in one conference play 180 matches in one season.. thats all you gotta know to see how weird this sport is..

  24. Brilliant! Stephen please do more of these "out-on-the-field" segments, like this one and the one with RBG!

  25. i doubt Jon Batiste reads the youtube comments, but dude if you do, run Searchin Roy Ayers in one of the shows. Jon is dope af

  26. I can't believe I waited so long to watch this. Hilarious, Stephen should do more bits like this and away missions

  27. So does this mean Steven is a Mets Fan. Now I know why heโ€™s may favorite late night host. โค๏ธ from a PA Angels fan!

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