Yankees Beer Vendor Says He Was Suspended For Joking With Boston Red Sox Player

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A beer vendor at Yankee Stadium says he was suspended for joking with a Boston Red Sox player.

Steve Lazarus, 53, says he’s been selling beers for the Yankees since he was 19-years-old. That is until last Sunday’s double-header with the Red Sox when Lazarus says he had an exchange with Sox relief pitcher Alfredo Aceves.

Lazarus says a bunch of the vendors were by a freight elevator when they heard cleats, saw Aceves and decided to have a little fun.

“I go up to him and I say ‘hey you got ID,'” Lazarus told 1010 WINS. “And he grabbed his crotch and said ‘I got your ID right here’ and we all got a laugh out of it.”

But apparently, some managers who saw the encounter didn’t think it was funny and Lazarus was summoned to his supervisor.

“They said I was harassing a Boston ball player and I said ‘you’ve got to be kidding me,” said Lazarus.

So the longtime beer man says he had to hand over his badge and was escorted out. Days later, he got a call that he was suspended for two games.

“I was all up in the air because it was playoff games and I never miss playoff games and our money has been down since we moved across the street,” he said.

Lazarus says he doesn’t understand what the problem was in the first place.

“I wasn’t really looking in his face, but I would assume by his response, it was a joke,” Lazarus said about Aceves. “I said it in a joking way.”

He says the suspension especially hurts because vendors’ incomes have been cut in half since the Yankees moved in to the new stadium.

“Money had been down like 40, 50 percent because of the nature of the stadium,” he said. “With the dynamics of people who don’t buy as much beer from the vendors and they have the waiter service and we’re not in the field at all from foul pole to four pole, so our salaries are down. I said ‘could you suspend me next year’ and they said ‘no.'”

Lazarus comes off his suspension on Sunday, but has mixed feelings about going back to work.

“I’m not looking forward to it, believe or not,” he said. “It would be like any job that you got laid off or suspended or fired and come back, you don’t really want to do it in the beginning. But once I start selling, I’ll feel like, alright I’m back.”

Aceves was with the Yankees for the past few seasons before joining the Red Sox this year.

What do you think? Sound off below in our comments section…

  • david nastasi

    Like they say on ESPN,’Come on man”!Picking on one of their own vendors.Players in sports joke around about a lot of things.But vendors,and fans can’t?COME ON MAN!!!

    • Lee

      I grew up in NYC and have been a lifelong Yankee fan. This incident makes it a whole lot easier to switch my allegiance to the team from the city where I now live.

  • sscarzz

    GO DODGERS !!!!!!!!!

  • pugphan

    Sounds like some body doesn’t have a sense of humor smokersodysseycom They should do like Obama and crack open a bud

  • Joe

    Get a life. See what money dose a person. Alfredo Acevesr should know better to grabbed his crotch. He is a low life. It was only a joke. People like him should be shoot and dump in the river.

  • Rob

    The Red Sox pitcher should send him a check for $1000 . It’s ridiculous that he was suspended

  • Steve

    Outrageous that they suspended this poor guy. Big money picking on the little guy!

  • Leigh C Hayes

    CBS has ruined their daytime programming! You need a woman to tell you what we like. Also all the sports guys. The Talk should be canceled real soon since the best people on it are let go. Maybe the heqd guy needs a new job. CBS has taken a great show and taken the best people off of it. I keep hoping another network will give Holly and Leah their own show. Julie was seeming like a normal person but now I hear she’s so stiff you wouldn’t reco0gnize her. Julie if you talked your husband into to this please tell him you made a mistake.If he did this all on his own he made a big mistake. i hope all the CBS stockholders are paying attention because it seems like you are listening to someone that doesn’t have a clue.

    • MCK

      Huh? What the hell are you talking about?

  • MJ

    i am a long time die hard yankee fan …. that being said … i HATE their corporation. its to the point where i no longer go to yankee stadium.. do you know that in the seats where there is waiter/ waitress that there is a $2 service charge applied to your bill and that money goes to the yankees NOT the wait staff. i’ve also had problems with the yankee front ofice in regards to handicap parking during playoff games .. i was told there were no handicap spaces available but yet when i pointed out that there were about 80 empty spaces available i was told that they were reserved fpr vip’s. this resulted in my 80 y/o father having to park on the roof and walk up and down 4 flights of stairs. when i went to the main off in the stadium to lodge a complaint , security guasrds outside the office wouldn’t even let me into the front office to see someone . they are the ULTIMATE COROPORATE STOOGES.. i love the players and the team but i no longer support them financially though i’ve been a fan since 1962

    • The Realist

      “i am a long time die hard yankee fan …. that being said … i HATE their corporation.”

      WRONG. The team and the corporation are one and the same, so you either love both or hate both.

      • mj

        i can actually make distinctions between two entities … i’m not sure about you . one is a baseball team .. the other a large corporation …

        • STLChica

          I agree with mj, I believe there are two entities.

  • Surfin Bird

    he needs to sue

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  • BobbyONJ

    Ah, political correctness at its best!

  • disgusted American

    I would have asked if he had a green card

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