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Billy Crystal to play exhibition game for New York Yankees

Postby Grounded Polo » Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:52 am

Billy Crystal will get to “look mahvelous” in pinstripes.

The actor will sign a one-day, minor league contract with the New York Yankees and play in Thursday’s exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Crystal, an avid Yankees fan, will work out with the team on Wednesday and will wear uniform No. 60 for the game—to be played one day before his 60th birthday. The Yankees said Monday they have the approval of baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

“I’ve been waiting 50 years for this call,” Crystal said in a statement released by the team. “I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of the Yankees and commissioner Selig. I know this’ll be tougher than the Broadway Softball League, but I’m looking forward to helping the younger players, which by the way is all of them. Oops, I have to go, Scott Boras is on the phone.”

Crystal, according to the Yankees hit .348 and was captain during his senior year at Long Beach High School in New York. He directed and produced “61*,” a move about Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and the 1961 Yankees.

“The Yankees are excited to welcome the newest member of our team known for his humor and wit as well as his undying love for the Yankees,” chief operating officer Lonn Trost said.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi, after Monday night’s 4-0 win over Cincinnati, said he hasn’t determined what position Crystal will play.

“That remains to be seen,” Girardi said. “Obviously, it’s kind of exciting. Billy Crystal has done a lot for this organization. He’s always been a big part of it. Our way of rewarding him, saying thanks for everything that you’ve done.”

Country singer Garth Brooks has played in spring training games, helping raise money for his Touch ‘em All Foundation. He was 1-for-22 (.045) in 1999 with the San Diego Padres, 0-for-17 the following year with the New York Mets and 1-for-8 (.125) in 2004 with the Kansas City Royals.


He definitely deserves this after committing one of the greatest sins in professional sports: Becoming a Los Angeles Clippers fan. :-P :-P :-P :-P
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Re: Billy Crystal to play exhibition game for New York Yankees

Postby BronXBombers51 » Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:56 am

I hope he plows through the catcher....after all, as Pete Rose says, you play to win. ;-7
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Re: Billy Crystal to play exhibition game for New York Yankees

Postby KCollins1304 » Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:01 pm

BronXBombers51 wrote:I hope he plows through the catcher....after all, as Pete Rose says, you play to win. ;-7


If he's not willing to, he definitely won't be making the team.
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Re: Billy Crystal to play exhibition game for New York Yankees

Postby AussieDodger » Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:07 pm

He will be one of the Yankees youngest and cheapest hitters.
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Re: Billy Crystal to play exhibition game for New York Yankees

Postby BronXBombers51 » Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:31 pm

He struck out. :-D


Maholm went after him with legit fastballs, though. Billy chopped one down the first base line, foul. Then he worked the count to 3 and 1 before Maholm blew two fastballs by him. :-b
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Re: Billy Crystal to play exhibition game for New York Yankees

Postby Carey Saders » Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:53 pm

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Pirates infielder Doug Mientkiewicz will have a simple strategy when he's at the plate today against the New York Yankees: aim for Billy Crystal.

Crystal will suit up in pinstripes for the game today at Legends Field in Tampa. Major League Baseball gave the Yankees permission to sign the 59-year-old comedian to a one-day minor league contract.

"I'm trying to make this team, so I'm going to hit the ball at him every chance I get," Mientkiewicz said, laughing. "And if he catches it, I'm gonna cry."


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Re: Billy Crystal to play exhibition game for New York Yankees

Postby BronXBombers51 » Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:54 pm

He didn't play the field. He was DH and hit leadoff in the bottom of the 1st. Then he was pulled. I would have liked to see him in the field, though. :-b
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Re: Billy Crystal to play exhibition game for New York Yankees

Postby Grounded Polo » Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:05 pm

Did he try bunting to get on base or did he strikeout looking? :-b
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Re: Billy Crystal to play exhibition game for New York Yankees

Postby BronXBombers51 » Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:10 pm

Grounded Polo wrote:Did he try bunting to get on base or did he strikeout looking? :-b


No he took cuts at both of the strikes and chopped one foul down the line. He didn't look too bad for a 60-year old guy. :-b
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Re: Billy Crystal to play exhibition game for New York Yankees

Postby Howie » Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:16 pm

Could someone please post a vid of this hilarity?
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