Buehrle treats Toronto rookies to new suits in NY

Buehrle treats Toronto rookies to new suits in NY

NEW YORK -- The Blue Jays' road trip to the Big Apple came with an all-inclusive shopping spree for the rookies courtesy of veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle decided to get the rookies fitted for some custom suits. He gathered Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, Rob Rasmussen, Ryan Goins and Todd Redmond at the team hotel on Friday morning and then went to one of his favorite spots.

"He's like an old-school guy," Stroman said. "He said in his first year he had someone do it, I forgot who he said, one of the veteran guys did it for him, took him out.

"Pretty cool, Buehrle's the man. He has a lot to offer and he's the most down-to-earth guy, for all the success he's had. It's awesome being around him."

Stroman said the Blue Jays walked into the store and Buehrle told them to get whatever they wanted. It's a tradition the rookies hope to pass on when they eventually become tenured players in the league.

"He's in a situation where he can do that for rookies, and hopefully one or four or five or six or whoever was there can keep the tradition and pass it on to some of the other young guys that come up," Sanchez said. "It's neat. I'm very appreciative for him to do that for us. It meant a lot to us, I know for sure."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.