In lieu of a game, Yanks play dress-up
Mussina goes for No. 20 in Sunday's opener; Ponson at night
BOSTON -- The Yankees did not play on Saturday at Fenway Park, though they did come through with one big hit -- hazing several of their rookies by making them travel back to the team hotel as the Village People.
Shortly after Saturday's game was rained out and rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader to be played on Sunday, the costumes came out, an annual rite of passage for first-year players with the club.
With a Village People greatest hits album blaring on the clubhouse sound system, six Yankees donned their outerwear, assigned in careful casting and showing much too much bare skin as the club's players and coaches laughed and snapped photographs.
"I told them they could only borrow them," Jason Giambi said. "I'm going to use them later."
Brett Gardner donned a construction vest and jeans, Alfredo Aceves became a screaming Indian chief and Francisco Cervelli was the leather-clad biker. Juan Miranda (police officer) and Humberto Sanchez (sailor) found different uniforms, and David Robertson was a cowboy -- six-shooter and all.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi posed for photos with his players, who walked through Fenway's dark corridors as service personnel and fans snapped camera phone photos. Girardi said that the players would have to enter the team hotel in costume.
"They might not let them in," Girardi said.
Girardi said the Yankees will complete their schedule by pitching Mike Mussina, searching for his 20th win, in the first game of Sunday's day-night twin bill -- opposite Daisuke Matsuzaka -- and Sidney Ponson in the nightcap opposite Tim Wakefield.
"I wish we had another month," Girardi said. "It'll be hard for me to watch playoff baseball, because we're not in it. Obviously, I'll check scores, but it will not be a conscious effort for me to sit in front of the TV and watch games."
The regularly scheduled game on Sunday will begin at 1:35 p.m. ET, with the nightcap to follow at 7:35 p.m. Tickets for Saturday's game are good for admission to the second game on Sunday.
The real Village People actually made an appearance at Yankee Stadium earlier this season, performing the "Y.M.C.A." dance between innings at the July 15 All-Star Game.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.