Via the boys at the Daily News -
Felix Lopez is up to his old tricks again.
Lopez, the Yankees’ executive vice president and chief international officer, took part in a press conference in the Dominican Republic on Monday to help make an announcement about a new privately funded $50 million baseball stadium outside of La Romana.
There was only one problem: the Yankees didn’t know anything about the project.
According to a source, nobody at the Yankees — including managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, Lopez’s brother-in-law — had been given any heads-up about Lopez’s trip or his announcement.
“This project would be a major boost to president Danilo Medina’s efforts to promote tourism and will have a major global impact,” Lopez said, according to a report on the Dominican Today website. “The goal is to try to have a stadium with the qualities the majors demand, with certain rules that were going to meet, where the stadium will be a jewel in the Americas.”
Also in attendance, according to the report, were Joel Lithgow, the director of the Yankees’ Latin Baseball Academy, and Robert Weil, the founder and president of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame.
This isn’t the first time this year Lopez has drawn attention to himself for a Dominican-related event. Following the Dominican Republic’s victory at the World Baseball Classic in March, Lopez called a group of reporters together to boast of his involvement, which consisted of recruiting the squad to hold workouts at Steinbrenner Field.
“It’s a very good thing for us to have been a participant in the winning that they did,” Lopez said at the time. “Having them win this confirms our belief that the Dominican Republic is a good bed for young players.”
Joe Malloy and Steve Swindal could not be reached for comment.