Shouldn’t Cerrone have been more specific, as in “I’m a lowly publicist, an unknown peon, for the AL Champion New York Yankees” before lighting into the poor security guard?

(And many wonder why the rest of the country regards many, but not all, Yankees, Yankees employees, and Yankees fans as classless, arrogant, and smug)

While Garciaparra, who sat out the game with a bruised heel he sustained when hit by a ground ball the previous day, was all smiles for just about everyone in a Yankee uniform — hugs for A-Rod, Derek Jeter, and former teammate Tony Clark, handshakes with Yankees manager Joe Torre and new batting coach Don Mattingly — emotions came to a boiling point in a stadium parking area, where Yankees publicist Rick Cerrone and a longtime Sox security guard, Dave McHugh, a retired postman from Portland, Maine, had a run-in.

“Do you know who I am?” shouted Cerrone, contending that McHugh had pushed him. “I’m with the American League champion New York Yankees, and you’re a typical Boston Red Sox employee.”

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  • Not to excuse any of the behavior here–boys!–but just for the record, SF would do well to remember that Mr. Cerone is, in point of fact, a former Boston Red Sox.

    YF March 8, 2004, 12:37 pm
  • I guess we can figure out very easily at what point he became such a jerk, then…

    SF March 8, 2004, 12:41 pm
  • Actually, I do believe that former Red Sox (and also NYY) Rick Cerone has just one “r” in his last name. This isn’t the same person (I confirmed by Google Search – it’s not the former player).
    I don’t think this guy played Major League ball:
    http://www.star.niu.edu/alumni/hof2003.html#anchor47638

    SF March 8, 2004, 12:46 pm
  • And lastly, to set the record straight, Rick Cerone (the ballplayer) was originally an Indian, and I think spent the bulk of his career in Yankee Stadium (though he did catch for a very brief time later on for the Red Sox).

    SF March 8, 2004, 12:48 pm
  • This thread has become a bit confusing, but for the record, Rick (single R) Cerone, erstwhile Yankee (and Indian, and Red Sox…) catcher is now director of Yankee media relations, and also the man in the parking lot kerfuffle.

    YF March 8, 2004, 4:37 pm
  • No he isn’t, you are wrong.
    Rick Cerrone, of the two-r last name, and Northern Illinois University graduate, is the Yankees director of MR.

    SF March 10, 2004, 11:32 am
  • LETS LAY THIS THING TO REST, RICK (THE 18 YEAR MAJOR LEAUGER) CErONE, IS NOT THE RICK CErrONE THAT THE YANKEES EMPLOY AS PR MAN.. THE REAL RICK IS A GRACIOUS FUN LOVING APPROACHABLE GENTLEMAN.. THE OTHER (TWO R) RICK IS GRUFF, POMPOUS AND BELIEVES HE IS THE REAL RICK, WHEN IN FACT HE IS AN IMPOSTER ON MANY OCCASIONS OF THE THE BELOVED YANKEE PLAYER AND PRESENT CO-OWNER OF THE NEWARK (NJ) BEARS.. TO CONFUSE THE TWO, IS TO CONFUSE A SUNNY DAY AND A (BAG OF) WIND STORM..

    MONTCLAIR May 4, 2004, 2:38 pm
  • Thanks Montclair for setting the record straight.
    -Rick Cerone (ONE “R”)

    RCER1 May 4, 2004, 8:37 pm

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