Billy Crystal Strikes Out with the New York Yankees
Actor and comedian Billy Crystal made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees on Thursday.
The Yankees took on the Pittsburgh Pirates in a spring training game. Crystal was wearing uniform number 60, as the day marked his 60th birthday.
Crystal led off the game as the designated hitter. In his at-bat, he fouled off a 1-0 fastball, and then worked to a full count against Pittsburgh's left-hander Paul Maholm before striking out on an 88 mph cutter.
Crystal took six pitches. After his one and only at-bat, he was replaced by Johnny Damon.
Crystal was released Friday, on his 60th birthday.
The is an avid Yankee fan and a New York City native. "It was unbelievable and the greatest moment of my life," Crystal said. "I don't really know how to describe it. It was intensely good."
What a way to celebrate your birthday! Your dream comes true: you're a Yankee for a day.
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