DETROIT -- The Yankees' newest good-luck charm arrived via special delivery, when Shawn Kelley's travels around the Internet led him to stumble across a frightening rubber horse head. He laughed, then forked over his credit card information.
Placing the horse head atop his uniform, Kelley surprised his teammates last Thursday by sprinting onto the outfield grass for stretch. The bulging eyeballs, the flaring nostrils and furry mane had the Yankees howling, and it all coincided with the start of a five-game winning streak.
"I just thought they were fun," Kelley said. "I just decided to wear it out for stretch that day, and we won that game, so -- you know baseball. I've got to wear it until we don't win anymore."
The purchase that might be helping to turn around the Yankees' season was under $20 plus shipping.
"You've seen those things for a while, popping up in the crowd somewhere," Kelley said. "I actually saw somebody one time on water skis with one on. I always laugh. I think it's funny when I see somebody with a horse head on. I giggle. I thought, 'You know what? I'm going to get one.' Just for fun."
Kelley said that the rubber mask, which the team is calling "Seabiscuit," can get very hot, and that the visibility leaves something to be desired.
"I can't see, that's the only thing," Kelley said. "I have to look out the nostrils and I can't see really good. I just heard everybody giggle. I need like a Go-Pro on it."