By Luis Castillo, William Cane
The explosive, within tale of Yankees avid gamers and bosses by means of a bat boy who observed it allYou are invited to return at the back of the closed doorways of the Yankees’ clubhouse for the experience of your lifestyles during this intimate memoir concerning the team’s contemporary glory years and the superstars who made all of it possible.For the 1st time ever, Luis “Squeegee” Castillo, bat boy and clubbie for the Yankees from 1998 to 2005, talks approximately operating with Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Joe Girardi, Bernie Williams, Roger Clemens, Joe Torre, and lots of different modern day Yankee greats. Luis observed and heard what rather occurred within the privateness of the clubhouse, at events, and in resort rooms, bar fights, and mystery conferences from Miami to St. Louis, from Detroit to Arizona, and from Toronto to big apple. He even vacationed with a few gamers and acquired to grasp them like relatives, gaining knowledge of their pitching and hitting secrets and techniques, becoming a member of them in all-nighters, and studying their usually hilarious tools of assembly women and having enjoyable at the road.Like a fly at the wall, Luis takes you behind the curtain to teach you ways A-Rod’s bragging while he hits domestic runs annoys teammates. realize how supervisor Joe Torre exams racing effects in the course of video games. listen what occurs contained in the sanctity of the clubhouse after Roger Clemens beans Mets catcher Mike Piazza and then—a few months later throughout the 2000 international Series—throws a bat at him. learn the way Mariano Rivera eats junk nutrition in the course of video games, why Posada typically fights with El Duque, what Jeter is admittedly asserting to avid gamers on different groups as he rounds the bases, and much more. we all know what occurred at the box. Now pull up a chair and luxuriate in the key tales that in simple terms Luis can inform approximately what quite occurred in the back of the scenes—and why.
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I had to sit down, I was so excited my knees were trembling. I read it again to make sure I had it right. But the words were still there. No matter how many times I read them they didn’t go away: I had gotten the job! They wanted me to be a bat boy for the Yankees! I was going to be right there with the team. Talk about a life-changing letter. And, sure enough, my life would never be the same. * * * Opening Day 1998 is my first day on the job and I arrive at Yankee Stadium not knowing what to expect.
A giant of a man stands pressing his face up against the New York Yankees’ clubhouse mirror, cheeks puffed out until they look like they’re about to explode. When he leans back there’s a smudge of oil where his nose touched the glass. Baseball cap in hand, he’s breathing like he just walked up a flight of stairs, but the game hasn’t even started. He steps back and I see it’s Roger Clemens. He’s pitching today. He screws his cap tight onto his head. His eyes rake over the clubhouse and he begins pacing back and forth.
Everything about Andy was aboveboard. While other players denied using performance enhancing drugs, he came right out and admitted using them a couple of times—but not to get an edge on anyone, just to help his elbow heal faster. Brian McNamee recalls injecting him two to four times with HGH—human growth hormone—during the 2001 season. Using HGH was perfectly legal back then since it wasn’t banned until 2005. In contrast, Roger Clemens—who was later accused of using steroids by McNamee in the Mitchell Report—kept denying that he ever used them.