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Cleveland Indians pitcher Vinnie Pestano received a surprise shout-out last week on CBS’s hit comedy How I Met Your Mother.
The show’s main character, Ted Mosby (played by Josh Radnor), is a Shaker Heights native and diehard Cleveland sports fan.
In the October 15 episode, Ted dismisses his friends when they imagine fellow protagonist Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) vandalizing a house by throwing a brick through its window.
“Yeah, right,” Ted quips. “I’ve seen Barney throw. He’s no Vinnie Pestano – am I right?”
The group responds with silence and confused stares as Ted is forced to explain the Cleveland sports reference to his unsympathetic friends.
The Executive Producer of the series, Chris Thomas, explained how the Pestano mention made it into the show.
“This Vinnie Pestano reference was simply born of Ted’s refusal to believe that Cleveland Sports ever, ever, ever needed Lebron Who(?) to be relevant and exciting,” said Thomas. “Ted is a loyal, proud hometown boy and he was simply name-checking a player from his beloved Tribe.”
If you missed it the first time, a clip of the Pestano reference is available here: LINK
The full episode (Season 8, Episode 4, “Who Wants to be a Godparent” is available at CBS.com.
–TribeVibe Contributor Max Lom