Billy Crystal, one of the most famous New York Yankees fans since Tom Brady, has signed a one-day, minor league contract with the club to play in Thursday’s exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He will work out with the team on Wednesday, wearing #60 the day before his 60th birthday.
"I’ve been waiting 50 years for this call," Crystal said. "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."Broadway has a softball league?
Bud Selig, a huge Monsters Inc. fan, approved the deal. However, manager Joe Girardi has yet to determine what position Crystal will play.
In case you're wondering if this is a first, it's not. Country star Garth Brooks played in a few spring training games to help raise money for his Touch ‘Em All Foundation. He went 1-for-22 in 1999 with the San Diego Padres, 0-for-17 the following year with the New York Mets and 1-for-8 in 2004 with the Kansas City Royals.
Also, let's not forget Tom Selleck and his neatly groomed moustache, who joined the Detroit Tigers for spring training in 1992, taking one at-bat as a pinch hitter against the Cincinnati Reds.
He ended up striking out after stayin' alive with 6 foul tips. Nice try, Magnum!