Clint Frazier, the new generation Yankee hero

Clint Frazier, an outfielder who was traded in from the Cleveland Indians, is being seen as someone who will be the pivotal figure for the Yankees going forward. But his hair has already become a talking point.

Clint Frazier of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait during the New York Yankees photo day.   -  AFP

New York Yankees is more than just a baseball team, the club is a worldwide brand in itself, and it represents more than just the city of New York. It is a representative of America to the world.

But did you know that being a Yankee comes with its own set of rules and regulations? Being a player of New York Yankees means that you cannot sport long hair or have any facial hair. This was a policy brought in by George Steinbrenner after he acquired the club in 1973, and has been continued by his daughter Jennifer Steinbrenner.

Not that this has made any difference to the club, it has still managed to get some of the biggest stars and win silverware. The club has 18 division titles, 40 AL pennants and 27 World Series championships — all of which are record numbers.

 

The past few years haven’t been the best for this gigantic club. Attendance, television ratings and fan following have been in steady decline and the team has played only one playoff game since 2012. Superstars like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez have retired.

Clint Frazier, an outfielder who was traded in from the Cleveland Indians, is being seen as someone who will be the pivotal figure for the Yankees going forward. But his hair has already become a talking point. He has got a haircut after getting a scolding from Jennifer, but he still wears a bun, and still attracts more attention than a typical Yankee.

Frazier himself feels all the attention is a bit unnecessary. “I think people are making my hair bigger than my game,” Frazier said. “I’m here to play baseball.” He added he was getting so irritated by persistent questions about his locks that he might just get them sheared off.

He has also promised to listen more and talk less in the training sessions, saying he has learned his lessons from last year.

In the end, it is always the performances on the field that matter as a Yankee, and Frazier will truly be categorised as a legend if he gets the Yankees back to its glorious days but he already seems to be emerging as somewhat of an icon.

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