Yankee Beer Vendor, Steve Lazarus, Suspended For 'Harassing' Red Sox Pitcher

Yankees beer vendor suspendedUsually if somebody else grabs their crotch at your workplace, you're not the one to get suspended. But not so if that somebody is Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves, and you're a lowly Yankee beer vendor, who moonlights as a standup comedian.

Steve Lazarus has been selling Buds and Millers in Yankee stadium for 35 years, and is famous among fans for "selling hot dogs that were actually hot and cold beer that was actually cold," reports The New York Times, as well as the zingers he delivered free-of-charge. Lazarus told the New York Post that he galavanted over to the Mexican player and previous Yankees pitcher Aceves, and mockingly shouted: "Hey, you got ID?"

Aceves snapped back, "I got your ID right here," as he clutched his crotch.

Everyone in earshot allegedly erupted in laughter, except for "the team suits," one of whom presumably passed word to Lazarus' supervisor.

The boss reportedly called Lazarus off duty and scolded him for "harassing the opposing team's player."

Lazarus claims he responded "are you kidding?" before he had his badge confiscated and was escorted from the stadium where he has made a living since the age of 19.

The Bronx-born 53-year-old has been an avid baseball fan since he was 7, and started vending because of the chance to watch all the games for free. "If I could not be a player, I thought, the heck with being a fireman or policeman," he told the Times. "I want to be a vendor."

Because of Lazarus' one-liner, he had to miss the first two games of the American League Division Series. During playoff games, beer hawkers can earn between $200 to $300, so Lazarus is out perhaps over half a grand.

But Lazarus isn't all about the money. He self-published a book called "The Pope and Me at Yankee Stadium," about two games at which he vended Hebrew Nationals when the pope was in attendance, and donates a lot of the proceeds from it, as well as his standup shows, to charities associated with the Yankees.

The "You got ID?" line is one that Lazarus has used before, usually to young fans when their dad's buying a beer. When he's saying it to a famous, Mexican-born player for a rival team, it seems that people get a little more sensitive.


Steve Lazarus "The Yankee Beer Man" at Governor's Comedy Club


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spmazanek

Ten years from now, a comment like that will land you in a re-education camp where you could be water boarded into political correctness. If you slip up again, you'll be another one of the many "disappeared".

October 05 2011 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bobrav

Nobody should be embarrassed in public under the guise of 'comedy'. This guy is crass.

October 05 2011 at 11:43 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
cmax383666

good grief!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 05 2011 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
the builder

AS SAID THIS ILLEGAL SHOULD HAVE BEEN FINED. CROTCH GRABBING WOULD HAVE GOT ANY WHITE PERSON AN IMMDIATE MARCH THRU THE STREETS BY ALL THE "OH MY GOD, DID YOU SEE WHAT HE DID" BY ANAL AL. FAT BOY JESSE, AND ANY OTHER CLOWN WHO THEY COULD WAKE UP OUT HIS STUPOR. THESE SUITS MUST WET THEIR PANTIES WHEN IT COMES TO SITUATIONS AS THESE. NUFF SAID.

October 05 2011 at 10:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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aamandls

Why is he illegal,dumbass?Just cuz he is Mexican?

October 05 2011 at 11:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Tom

The extreme reaction from those concerned may indicate that the pitcher did NOT have proper ID to live in our wonderful country. People that are against illegal immigration are not racists, they are pro-America in that the illegals (no race needed) are ******* up our resources at an alarming rate and they think they are ENTITLED to whatever they use for some reason. You try to get free hospital care, schooling, or housing from our vote seeking politicians. They seem to forget that the money these illegals are lilving off of comes out of all our wallets. If you are not an American Indian you too are an immigrant, but you worked for what you have and didn't sit on your burro whining about what you did not have. Sent them all back and let them come in legally!!!

October 05 2011 at 10:31 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Steveo89122

I think the wrong person got suspendedhere. The pitcher is the one who made a rude comment. He is not special. He should have to abide to the rules and regulations that the rest of America has to abide by. The vendor was just doing his job. You have to be 21 years old to drink. You don't see cashiers in the liquer stores or grocery stores getting suspended or fired for asking for ID.

October 05 2011 at 10:31 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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harmonie555

This is not a case of 'political correctness' as so many of the commentators on here are alleging. It is a case of being insensitive to one's fellow man... of being unable in this day and age to be respectful to others. THAT is what we have lost in this country!

October 05 2011 at 10:17 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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Ann

It was a baseball game! Have you ever heard of athletes "trash talking" their opponents? It is very common and generally not taken seriously. It is hardly news and certainly not worth losing a good employee.

October 05 2011 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
db025

To quote a political candidate, "America has to learn to laugh at itself again."

October 05 2011 at 10:03 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
kmthomas401

Lighten up Yankees. You are walking the fine line of censorship.

October 05 2011 at 10:02 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Holly Pc

princessdawn, you said the most correct words................. He is a white american

October 05 2011 at 9:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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