Rapping Bret Saberhagen and the rest of MLB's top 10 late night TV moments of 2015
From April to October, the last voice you hear before you slip into a deep, comfortable slumber is probably Vin Scully's. But, in the offseason, that voice more likely belongs to one of television's iconic late night hosts.
It was a busy year in late-night TV -- Jon Stewart left "The Daily Show" and Trevor Noah took over, David Letterman left "The Late Show" and Stephen Colbert took over - but your favorite hosts still kept one eye on the MLB standings.
Before you ring in the end of 2015, celebrate at the intersection of popular culture and baseball with the MLB's 10 best moments in late night TV.
Honorable Mentions: Though "Saturday Night Live" isn't exactly a talk show, we'd be remiss if we didn't remind you that Kenan Thompson honored the forthcoming retirement of David Ortiz, Derek Jeter made a special appearance (aren't all of his appearances special?) to help celebrate SNL's 40th anniversary, and -- at that same special -- Jay Z mistook David Wells for Curt Schilling.
10. Eric Stonestreet's World Series bet with Jimmy Kimmel
When it comes to intense postseason rivalries, the only thing better than obligatory political wagers involving iconic local food options is when two notable celebrities raise the stakes and play for keeps. Before the start of the World Series, lifelong Mets fan Jimmy Kimmel hosted "Modern Family" star and rabid Royals supporter Eric Stonestreet on the program to iron out the details of their deal.
9. James Corden tries (mostly fails) to play baseball, but unleashes an epic bat flip
"Late Late Show" host James Corden will be the first to tell you that he's not a world-class athlete. But baseball is a game of trying, failing and trying again, and Corden embraced that mentality when he began a vigorous training regimen with the Angels.
8. Jimmy Kimmel interviews the Mets in Brooklyn after their NLCS victory
Lifelong Mets fan Jimmy Kimmel brought his late-night program -- usually shot in Hollywood -- to Brooklyn for a slate of shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House. Kimmel's Brooklyn jaunt and the Mets' postseason run just happened to overlap, so he invited David Wright, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Wilmer Flores to come on down for a little chat. Appropriately, a "LET'S GO METS!" chant broke out.
7. Fallon re-creates the infamous "A-Rod kissing A-Rod" photo from Details magazine
The Yankees were eliminated from the postseason in the dramatic AL Wild Card Game that served as a coming out party for Carlos Correa and the Astros. With some extra time on his hands, Alex Rodriguez paid Jimmy Fallon a visit on "The Tonight Show," where he admitted that kissing his reflection during a Details photo shoot is one of the biggest regrets of his life.
6. Seth Meyers tours Yankee Stadium, berates the team bat boy
If you had a full day to galavant around a desolate Yankee Stadium, what would you do? Play with the public address system? Plot a heist of the home team's locker room? Troll Lorne Michaels? Meyers covered all these bases and more when he visited Yankee Stadium to celebrate the start of the 2015 season.
5. Stephen Colbert honors Cubs by kicking a goat out of his studio audience
Few athletes are more superstitious than professional baseballers and few television hosts are more superstitious than Stephen Colbert. The new host of "The Late Show" gave a billy goat the billy boot out of his CBS studio in the midst of the exciting Cubbies' run to the NLCS.
4. Jon Stewart is excited that the Mets are in first place. Like, really excited
The World Series might not have gone their way, but Mets fans had a lot to be pumped about in 2015. The trade for Yoenis Cespedes, the Wilmer Flores game, the week Daniel Murphy looked more like a Greek god than a veteran utility man ... the list goes on. Even famous Mets fanatics caught the fever, including then-host of "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart.
3. Umpire Jon Stewart presides over Stephen Colbert's first episode of "The Late Show"
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. Semisonic taught us that and Colbert hammered the lesson home with the opening to his inaugural episode after replacing David Letterman as host of The Late Show on CBS. Colbert gave his program a traditional introduction that featured his rendition of the national anthem and -- as is customary in America's pastime -- an umpire yelling, "PLAY BALL!" That umpire just happened to be former host of "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart.
2. Rapping Bret Saberhagen travels through time to appear on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon"
There are few things "The Tonight Show" does better than Millennial nostalgia and kitschy rapping, but throw baseball in the mix and it seems to be a Holy Triumvirate of sorts. A.D. Miles slays as the modern, equally-awkward version of Bret Saberhagen from a 1986 Ford commercial.
1. Will Ferrell crashes "Letterman" as late Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray
As far as late night is concerned, 2015 will always be remembered as the year we said goodbye to Letterman. So, it's only fitting that the biggest name in modern comedy channeled his best impression to bid the longtime host a proper adieu. Ferrell hilariously crashed one of Letterman's final episodes as late Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray, but bailed midway through the segment to grab lunch with Phil Rizzuto.