Twenty years ago, Shane Spencer burst on the scene hitting three grand slams and contributed to a Yankees team which is arguably the greatest of all time.
On December 1, former Yankees and comedians will be at Carolines on Broadway to roast him.
“I don’t know what I got myself into,” Spencer told NY Sports Day. He admitted he hasn’t seen any of the Comedy Central roasts.
Former Yankees Jeff Nelson, Tanyon Sturtze and Charlie Hayes will be roasting Spencer along with comics Kristen Carney, Patrick Schroeder, Cory Windelspecht, sports show host Mike Vivalo and fantasy camp member Fredo Weiland.
Roastmaster Stevie Loo became friends with Spencer at Yankees fantasy camp and talked him into doing the roast. Loo said putting together the roast has become a full time job over the last year and a half. Spencer visited Carolines over the summer when he was in town for the 1998 reunion and agreed with Loo that it would be a good spot.
Usually the stage at Carolines is for one person but for the roast there will be a bigger stage brought in with a dais and Spencer sitting on a throne.
“It’s going to be pretty vicious not just on Shane but the other guys as well,” Loo said.
Spencer is expecting it. “There are no secrets or anything,” he said.
Spencer believes than Sturtze is going to be the most vicious roaster.
“It’s going be a bloodbath,” Loo said. He added, “Hopefully they still talk to me after it’s over.”
Money raised at the roast will be donated to The Miracle League which helps children with mental and physical disabilities. Miracle League teams play on rubberized turf fields that accommodate wheelchairs and other assertive devices to help prevent injuries.
After being roasted all night, Spencer will have his chance to answer back at the end.
“I have a few things,” Spencer said. “I could give it back to them.”
Tickets can be purchased at RoastofShaneSpencer.com. (Must be 21 or older to attend.)