ANOTHER KEY NEW YORK YANKEE GREAT RETIRES!
Beer Man Worked 40 Years at Stadium, Writes Tell-All Book,
“The Pope and Me at Yankee Stadium”
Bronx, New York – If the New York Yankees aren‟t careful, they just might run out of uniform
numbers! With Derek Jeter‟s recent retirement, and Yankee brass expected to retire his number 2
sometime during the 2020 season, it will mark the 21st pinstriped uniform that will never have to
be dry-cleaned again. Yankee Stadium vendor Steve Lazarus, The World‟s Most Interesting Beer
Man, has been here twice as long as Derek Jeter, and he thinks his uniform number – 39 – should
be retired and honored in Monument Park, as well. And while Derek certainly made the fans‟
mouth water, Steve clenched their thirst.
Lazarus, 58, who began his Yankee career long before Derek and Mariano Rivera (#42) and Jorge
Posada (#20) and Paul O‟Neill (#13) and Bernie Williams (#51) did, and the same year – 1977 –
as when Joe Torre (#6) retired as an active player, has been slinging the suds and the jokes for the
better part of five decades. For his „side‟ job, Lazarus has been a professional comedian since
1995 and has opened for comedic icons like Ray Romano, Robert Klein, and Kevin James in
comedy clubs across the county.
Lazarus‟ hilarious tell-all book, “The Pope and Me at Yankee
Stadium,” chronicles his life as a Yankee vendor and Stand-Up Comic,
one in which he leaves fans rolling in the aisles in both places. The
Bronx-born Lazarus, a lifelong Yankee fan, saw his first game at the
old Stadium in 1965 and seemingly has been here forever. “He always
had a smile on his face when he worked,” said fellow vendor Sandy
Miles, “even when times were tough.” Lazarus has been entertaining
the fans for forty years, but even the Great Ones have to eventually call
it a day.
“Being the beer man is like being a big breasted woman,” Lazarus says. “I‟ve always got the
straps digging into my shoulders, my back is always killing me, and all the guys stare at my
cups.” Unfortunately those straps are now causing just too much pain, so Lazarus
recently applied for his AARP card. Always the eternal optimist, Steve Lazarus sees his
days as being numbered – in Monument Park. ###