The Yankees have suspended longtime beer vendor Steve Lazarus for the first two games of the American League Division Series for having a laugh with Red Sox reliever Alfredo Aceves.
During the break in between games at last week’s doubleheader, Lazarus, 53, who works as a stand-up comedian when he isn’t selling drinks at the stadium, saw Aceves near a freight elevator.
The vendor walked over and called out, “Hey, you got ID?”
Aceves, the former Yankee, went along with the playful banter as he grabbed his crotch and said, “I got your ID right here.”
That exchange cost Lazarus, who has been a vendor with the Yankees since he was 19. He spoke with the New York Post after hearing of his suspension.
“They take my badge — this is only my 35th year, by the way — and they escort me out like a common criminal,” Lazarus said. “To suspend me, when I did nothing? The vendor is always wrong, I’m so fed up.”
Lazarus, who also wrote the book titled The Pope and Me at Yankee Stadium, said he frequently donates the proceeds of book sales and performs stand-up to benefit charities that are associated with the Yankees.
Unfortunately for Lazarus, he missed out on more than just two playoff games. Because of the suspended game one Friday night, Lazarus lost out on three nights of potential profits.