Since George Steinbrenner purchased the Yankees in 1973, gamers at the staff were prohibited from dressed in beards and lengthy sideburns, and feature been required to stay their hair above the collar. Lately, the coverage has been adhered to in large part on the insistence of Jennifer Steinbrenner, one of the crucial 4 Steinbrenner youngsters who now proportion within the possession of the staff.
Although Frazier’s hair complied with the Yankees’ letter of the legislation — it slightly stayed off the threshold of his collar — its quantity violated its spirit. As Frazier’s hair started to garner larger consideration, together with a front-page tale final Monday in The New York Occasions, some throughout the group started to marvel why he had now not but conformed.
“There have been numerous those that had that dialog with him and attempted to get him to know,” stated Reggie Jackson, the Corridor of Repute outfielder and onetime stirrer of controversy, however now a Yankee worker. He has taken to counseling Frazier, a best prospect received through the Yankees from the Cleveland Indians final summer season.
“I believe while you come right here it takes time for one of the more youthful other folks to know the Yankee manner,’’ Jackson added.
In what would possibly not were a twist of fate, C. C. Sabathia, the Yankees’ 36-year-old veteran pitcher, seemed in his first spring coaching recreation on Tuesday with the early levels of a well-groomed beard. The message looked to be that if Frazier may just stay his hair kind of lengthy, then possibly a beard could be O.Ok., too.
In what may additionally now not were a twist of fate, Sabathia, who stated he didn’t plan to shave till advised in a different way, confirmed up clean-shaven on Friday.