NEW YORK (OCN) — What do you do when you resemble 24-year-old baseball player and pitcher of the New York Yankees, Joba Chamberlain?
Impersonate him? Well, that’s exactly what 31-year-old Ryan Ward is alleged to have done.
Ward finally struck out three almost two (2) years ago on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 and was able to fool one police officer who even paid for his drink. “He [Ward] had him totally fooled into buying him drinks,” said one police officer. “We have all been having a pretty good laugh about it here.”
Before Ward was discovered, Chamberlain was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the New York Yankees and was removed from the Yankees/Rangers game in the fifth inning for stiffness in his right shoulder.
When Yankee pitcher learned of the impersonation, he was relieved that more serious crimes were not committed in his name.