Ben Sisko's Baseball vs. 'You Rang?'
It's both a national pastime and a convenient metaphor for linear existence vs. Lurch's response!
Ben Sisko's Baseball
The case for Ben Sisko's Baseball
Ah, Benjamin Sisko. The biggest baseball fan in the 24th century. From the start of DS9, baseball was key to the show, as our future captain was able to use it as an entry point to explain linear time to a group of non-linear aliens. Over the course of the show, Sisko's baseball would grow to become a symbol for the Captain himself, letting us know if he did, or did not plan on coming back from his varied adventures. You think a hockey puck is going to do that? No.
The case for 'You Rang?'
The Addams Family's faithful butler Lurch was supposed to be a non-speaking role, but the story has it that bass-voiced, six-foot-nine actor Ted Cassidy improvised a response to his summons (a bell-pull fashioned into a noose), and it was so delightful it changed the part. For a generation of viewers, just hearing the sound of a gong may trigger an automatic "You rang?"