Among the crew of glad-handers was Jim Leyritz.
The 44-year-old former Yankee entered Legends Field around 11:30 a.m. and walked right into the clubhouse. He stopped on the way to hug Dave Eiland and Shelley Duncan. One fan asked him to pose for a photograph.
Leyritz is awaiting trial in Fort Lauderdale for DUI and DUI/Manslaughter. Police say he ran a red light just after 3 a.m. on Dec. 28 and drove his SUV into a car being driven by a 30-year-old woman. Fredia Ann Veich, a mother of two, was killed.
His blood-alcohol level was tested and found to be nearly twice the legal limit.
Is there a right way for the Yankees to handle this? On one hand, Leyritz is a former player who has friends on the team. On the other, he has been charged with a felony. Should be just have free reign of the place?
If what police say is right, Leyritz killed that woman. Where does the line get drawn?
UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: Leyritz was in the clubhouse until 1:05 p.m. He ignored questions from reporters as he excited then left via the players entrance.
“He’s just here to see old teammates,” GM Brian Cashman said. “He ran into Joe (Girardi) last night and that’s all it was.”