Last week, Shawn Kelley was browsing the internet and had a tab opened to Amazon.com, trying to find his latest purchase. He happened to come across a horse mask, worth $19.32 and had a rating of 4.5 stars. He figured he would buy the mask, just to garner a few laughs in the Yankees clubhouse. Instead, the mask turned out to be a regular fixture in Kelley’s locker.
“When I see those things, randomly in a crowd, it makes me laugh,” he said. “So I figured I’ll do that, and it’ll make everyone laugh in the clubhouse.
“And then we went on a winning streak.”
Since Kelley bought the horse mask and brought it to work, the Yankees had a five-game winning streak, including a 8-1 victory against James Shields and the Kansas City Royals.
“Kelley’s undefeated with the horse,” Jacoby Ellsbury said. “I’m never going to go against that.”
For now, Kelley keeps the horse head in the clubhouse, but now that it’s brought joy to his teammates, he’s started his own ritual: He’ll run around with it during pregame and he’ll bring it to the dugout before the first pitch. The Yankees aren’t questioning the horse head’s winning ‘powers’, and they’re enjoying it’s presence.
“You can’t help but laugh at a guy in a horse head,” Brian McCann said. “He nails it. When he goes into character, there’s no getting him out of it. He’s a rock star. That’s what he is.”
So Kelley, what’s the name of the horse head? Every horse head needs a killer name.
“Seabiscuit,” Kelley said. “That’s what we’re calling him.”
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