A Staten Island man has been suspended from selling beer at Yankee Stadium after joking a little with a Red Sox pitcher.
Steve Lazarus was told he harassed an opposing team player, and that he would not be selling beer for the first two games of the American League Division Series, according to the New York Post.
But “harassment” for Lazarus’ supervisor looks like nothing to the rest of us.
The man who has been selling snacks and suds at Yankees games for 34 years was standing with a co-worker near a freight elevator when Boston relief pitcher Alfredo Aceves happened to come by.
So Lazarus joked, “Hey, you got ID?”
Aceves grabbed his crotch and replied, “I got your ID right here.”
Everyone laughed. A pretty typical New York moment, in a way (aside from the whole “Boston relief pitcher” part of it). But the front office didn’t get the joke.
Lazarus estimates he could have earned $200 to $300 for each playoff game he’d miss. His supporters hope to make up for that at a fundraiser tonight at the Looney Bin Comedy Club – 141 East Service Road in Travis.
Lazarus is, indeed, a stand-up comedian, according to the Staten Island Advance, and he has played that club before. Tickets are $10 and doors open at 8 p.m. for dinner. Call (718) 370-6151.
Comedy got him into trouble. Maybe comedy will help get him out.