Monday, November 29, 2010

Mourning The Loss Of A Fake Baseball Legend: The Apple Says Goodbye To Enrico Palazzo

On Sunday, November 28, 2010 the world lost one of the great comedic talents of the 20th century.  Leslie Nielsen passed away at the age of 84 and took a part of my youth with him.

While personally, it doesn't get any better than his performance as the clueless Dr. Rumak in the 1980 film Airplane!, many baseball fans will no doubt remember Leslie for his portrayal of Enrico Palazzo in the Naked Gun.

For the three of you out there who have never seen it, Leslie Nielsen's character Lt. Frank Drebin, acting on a tip that a ballplayer is going to assassinate the Queen of England, sneaks onto the field during an Angels/Mariners game impersonating an opera singer and later the home plate ump.  It was one of the funniest skewerings of our national pastime ever and made the phrase "It's Enrico Palazzo" the baseball equivalent of shouting "Freebird" at a concert.

Below is a small clip from The Naked Gun but I urge you to go out today and pick up a Leslie Neilsen movie.  Surely you won't regret it.

Rest In Peace Leslie Nielsen.  I like to think that right now you are at the controls flying the to pursue a life of religious fulfillment.

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