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I’m sure a lot of you guys know that many major celebrities and star athletes use an alias when they check into hotels on the road. They don’t want to be bothered by autograph seekers and other crazy fans.

Back in 2005, the Yankees were in Seattle to play the Mariners, and stayed at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. A $47,905.85 invoice was sent to the club, which revealed that a lot of the players on the team used phony names when checking in. Even though this is from 2005, I’ve actually never seen this before. I thought it was hilarious and figured that you guys might enjoy it as well.

From the Smoking Gun:

In a story this week in The Village Voice, reporter Neil deMause matched aliases with some actual Yankees by comparing the invoice with a separate key that he examined while sifting through documents submitted by the team to New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation, which oversees the club’s Yankee Stadium lease.

Here’s a Who’s Who from the 2005 squad: Johnny Drama (Jeter); Simon Phoenix (Mike Mussina); Bruce Almighty (Don Mattingly); Ricky Ricardo (Jorge Posada); Joe Saturday (Hideki Matsui); Sam Adams (Randy Johnson); Richard Long (Bernie Williams); Turd Ferguson (Jaret Wright); and Austin Powers (Ruben Sierra). We’re not sure why outfielder Matt Lawton used the “Eleven Fifty” alias, but Luis Sojo apparently went by “Harry Pelotas” because the fake surname translates to “balls” in Spanish. As for the true identities of Johnny Blaze, Ray Charles, Davey Crockett, Jack Daniels, Payne N. Deneck, Fyfe, Bo Jackson, Bruce Lee, Leon, Ghost Ryder, Charlie Wattsizname, and Randy White, well, that’s a mystery. But we’re pretty sure that “Joe Russo” is manager Joe Torre and that “Alex Emanuel” is Alex Rodriguez, who appears to use his actual middle name as his phony surname.

 

It’s funny seeing the real names of some of the staff and broadcasters next to the fake names, like Gene Monahan, Steve Donohue, John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman, Lou Cucuzza and so on.

(Copy of the Bill: Courtesy of The Smoking Gun)

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