Manager Aaron Boone let Yankees RHP Dellin Betances collect his first career at-bat against the Phillies on Monday night. And what transpired could be categorized as a sad impersonation of former Yankee Gary Sheffield.
The 6-foot-8 Betances stepped into the Citizens Bank Park batter's box, and began waggling his bat just like Sheffield used to in his playing days. Unfortunately, Betances couldn't meet the ball the way Sheffield used to as he ferociously swung through two heaters in a three-pitch strikeout.
And as Betances looked seemingly lost at the dish, his teammates couldn't hold back their laughter.
Betances admitted he hadn't pick up a bat since 2006 when the Yankees signed him.
"That was the first time I picked up a bat in 12 years," he told The Post's George A. King III and Dan Martin.
"I was praying and hoping I didn't get hit or anything. "[My teammates] gave me some credit for the hacks. I was just missing. That was the only bad part."
And for those younger Yankees fans that don't remember what Sheffield's stance used to look like at the plate, check out his 400th homer in Toronto...