"The Yankees suspended a long-time beer vendor for "harassing" Boston Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves(notes) between games of a recent doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. As a result, Lazarus missed the first two games of the ALDS against the Detroit Tigers, costing himself anywhere from $400 to 600, along with some of his dignity.
Lazarus was standing with co-workers near a freight elevator on the terrace level when they heard the clacketty clack of cleats on the floor. They knew a player was coming and Lazarus recognized Aceves, who used to pitch for the Yankees. This is what Lazarus told the New York Post happened:
[Lazarus] walked over and playfully called out, "Hey, you got ID?"
Without missing a beat, Aceves grabbed his crotch and shot back, "I got your ID right here."
Everyone roared with laughter ... except for the team suits.
Lazarus, who has been vending since he was 19 — that's 35 years — was called to the carpet by a supervisor during the game. "He said, 'You were harassing the opposing team's player.'
"I said, 'Are you kidding?' "
Lazarus told the Post that his badge was taken and he was escorted from the stadium "like a common criminal."