In the spring, his hair made news until he ended up in the principal's office, with Girardi strongly suggesting that he not only trim a little from the side, but shave it all off. 5, and his go-to number is 19, which he wore in high school.
During the season, Frazier was attached to a radio report that claimed he asked the club if the Yankees would ever give out Mickey Mantle's retired No. The reporter, Yankees radio analyst Suzyn Waldman, later apologized to Frazier.
But the question wasn't whether it was true or not, but could it be?
Like A-Rod and the legend of his centaur painting, the believability of the story said a lot.
Guys like Reggie Jackson and Alex Rodriguez have followed the Babe's tradition with outsize personalities, matched by outsize talent. THE FRAZIER HYPE began immediately after the Yankees reluctantly dealt reliever Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians in July 2016 for a four-player package headlined by Frazier and pitcher Justus Sheffield.
I thought a lot about how I want to be perceived."THERE IS A bit of A-Rod in Frazier.Holliday's advice was simple and focused, counseling Frazier to focus on his game, limit his social media time and keep his inner circle tight."He is a dynamic personality," Holliday said."There is a lot of appeal with the fans with the hair and the big personality and the ability, but [it's about] getting down to focusing on the things that matter, and matter the most -- honing in his skills and taking advantage of opportunities."Frazier seems to have had stardom on his mind forever, even though it was just four years ago that Cleveland made him the fifth player picked in the draft.That is where the internal struggle and pressure mounts.Frazier wants to be special, on and off the field -- and he understands the impact of being a Yankee."It is like you have a cape on your back whenever you say you are part of the Yankees," Frazier said.