Yankees Sign 60 Year Old To Minor League Contract, 60 Year Old Is Billy Crystal

Monday, March 10, 2008

I wish I was kidding. It's apparently a birthday present to the actor who is turning 60 the following day but get this...he's actually playing in a Spring Training game!

TAMPA, Fla. - Billy Crystal will get to “look mahvelous” in pinstripes.

The actor will sign a 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.
Lucky for him it's against the Pirates, which means he'll probably go 3-4 with 2 RBIs. Seriously though....someone get me video of this the moment it happens. Oh and I've got $100 for the Pirates pitcher that throws one at Mr. Saturday Night's dome. I know you don't need the money Ian Snell but think about the Blogger respect you'd gain. Don't decide now....just think about it.

Now batting for the Yankees ... Billy Crystal?

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 10:02 PM


Here's the first question I had when I read it:

Will ESPN give this more or less coverage than they gave to Brett Favre or Roger Clemens?

J.J. said...
Mar 10, 2008, 10:30:00 PM  

That Spring Training game is on YES, so one of your NYC followers should have footage (unless ESPN stops their NCAA Coverage for Crystal's live ABs).
BTW, Garth Brooks is not impressed.

Mar 10, 2008, 10:39:00 PM  

I'm sure some youngster trying to make the team finds this stunt hilarious.

What's next, signing Guliani to a one day contract and have him throw an inning?

Brian said...
Mar 11, 2008, 2:36:00 AM  

OK, I highly doubt that he's actually going to play, so everyone can relax.

Anonymous said...
Mar 11, 2008, 8:01:00 AM  

Can you imagine Suzyn Waldman's reaction?


GMoney said...
Mar 11, 2008, 10:40:00 AM  

@anon 8:01:

The Yankees wouldn't go through all this rigmarole about publicizing this story if they don't give him at least one pinch hit AB. And besides, this goes right into Girardi's assertion that it's "only Spring Training" and it "shouldn't be taken seriously."

Mar 11, 2008, 10:51:00 AM  

Hmm, what happens if he actually puts the ball in play with his at bat? Is it conceivable that he could actually get on base against a pro?

Anonymous said...
Mar 11, 2008, 1:02:00 PM  

I will give $100 cash money to the pitcher who beans him right in his grandmotherly froggy unfunny face.

Anonymous said...
Mar 11, 2008, 8:03:00 PM  

anon 8:03:

Are you the same dude who called the Jim Rome show some years ago and said "I'd pay $1 million dollars to spray Cal Ripken in the face with a full mace spray?"
Maybe $50 to bean him in the Achilles, a la Joba Chamberlain this Spring Training...

Brandon Inge Sucks said...
Mar 11, 2008, 10:10:00 PM  

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