“A ghost at the feast”: Yandy Diaz frightened by the haunted historic Pfister Hotel, teammates taunting his fear

Rays' Yandy Diaz worried about ghosts in allegedly haunted hotel.

Yandy Diaz
Yandy Diaz
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Yandy Diaz, a third baseman and outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays, cannot field the outcome that follows if he stays in the historic Pfister Hotel. Diaz stands 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, but is scared of the eeriness around the hotel the team was booked for before the series with Milwaukee Brewers.

The Pfister Hotel turns 130 years old next year and has been used as the residency for various visiting teams, although on temporary basis. It has been reported in the past that the historic hotel has a few ghost stories to tell. Former major leaguer Mike Cameron, like Yandy Diaz, made plans to stay in other nearby hotels because of his and others’ interactions.

“All I want is (to not) have any ghosts in my room,” Yandy Diaz said via team interpreter Manny Navarro, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He said he was promised a room in the hotel’s newest tower. Teammate Ji-Man Choi said he encountered paranormal activity when he was a rookie at the hotel in 2016.

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Yandy Diaz a subject to mockery for teammates as haunting hotel issues crowd his mind

Yandy Diaz
Yandy Diaz

Yandy Diaz’s teammates did little to ease his concerns, taping a cartoon ghost to the front of Diaz’s locker ahead of Sunday’s game in Detroit alongside the Spanish word “cuidado”, or “watch out”. “If I see a ghost I’ll say ‘Hi’ to him,” Choi joked last week through interpreter Daniel Park.

Formerly, Outfielder Roman Quinn claimed to hear of multiple stories of paranormal “encounters” from his former Philadelphia Phillies teammates, including shadows of non-existent beings on beds, disappearing imagery in the halls and clothes mystically moving around rooms.

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“I’m not too concerned,” Pitcher Ryan Yarbrough said, only somewhat convincingly. “I’m not saying I don’t believe in any of that. I just feel like if you don’t try to overly concern yourself with it, maybe bad things won’t happen.”

“But no, I think it’s fine. I think certain guys are very intrigued and some guys want nothing to do with it. So, I’m just trying to be even-keeled about it. But Yandy Diaz is the guy.”

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