Yanks’ rookies are Macho men
The Yankees did not play on Saturday at Fenway Park, though they did come through with one big hit – hazing several of their rookies by making them travel back to the as the Village People.
Shortly after Saturday’s game was rained out and rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader to be played Sunday, the costumes came out, an annual rite of passage for first-year players with the club.
With a Village People greatest hits album blaring on the clubhouse sound system, six Yankees donned their outerwear, assigned in careful casting and showing much too much bare skin as the club’s players and coaches laughed and snapped photographs.
“I told them they could only borrow them,” Jason Giambi said.
Brett Gardner donned a construction vest and jeans, Alfredo Aceves became a screaming Indian chief and Francisco Cervelli was the leather-clad biker. Juan Miranda (police officer) and Humberto Sanchez (sailor) found different uniforms, and David Robertson was a cowboy – six-shooter and all.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi posed for photos with his players, who walked through Fenway’s dark corridors as service personnel and fans snapped camera phone photos. Girardi said that the players would have to enter the team hotel in costume.
“They might not let them in,” Girardi said.
Girardi said the Yankees will complete the schedule by pitching Mike Mussina in the first game of Sunday’s day-night twinbill, opposite Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Sidney Ponson in the nightcap opposite Tim Wakefield.