The upcoming season has all the makings of an injury-riddled campaign for the New York Yankees, who are hoping to capitalize on the bad luck by selling commemorative, officially-licensed arm and leg casts.
“These are the same casts that 10 or 15 Yankees will probably have to wear this season,” said Yankees GM Brian Cashman. “For the low price of $34.99, you can experience 2013 just like a player on the field.”
The product unveiling came a day after All-Star Mark Teixeira joined a growing list of Yankees who are either coming off an injury or will not be available to start the season. Teammates include Curtis Granderson, who broke his forearm and was last seen modeling one of the new souvenir casts in a TV commercial at Yankee Stadium.
“This cast doesn’t itch at all!” he exclaimed, mugging for the camera. “It must be the Yankee logo. Isn’t that right, Derek?”
Team captain Derek Jeter then hobbled into frame wearing a pinstriped leg cast.
“By the time you see this commercial, I’ll be needing this!” he said, pointing to the Mitchell & Ness cast covering his entire left leg. “So if you order today, we can be twinsies.”