Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, May 22, 2014

ESPN: Yankees Hooked On Japanese Candy

The New York Yankees’ hoarding of a foreign candy started in spring training. One minute there would be boxes of the colorful sweets in the Tampa clubhouse; the next, they would be gone.

Since then, the epidemic has grown. The candy is now showing up in the clubhouse at Yankee Stadium and on the road, most recently at Wrigley Field. The candy is called Hi-Chew. “It is kind of a mix between bubble gum and a Starburst,” said David Phelps, who might pop one or two before his start against the White Sox on Thursday night.

Hiroki Kuroda is the Walter White of the Hi-Chew Yankees. Kuroda, who is not a paid endorser of Hi-Chew, was asked by the Japanese company to distribute the high-calorie, fruity sweets to his teammates. From there, the addiction has taken hold.
. . .
There is debate about who is the most addicted. Kuroda said it was CC Sabathia. Others think it is the relievers like Shawn Kelley, but it has slowly grasped the whole team. “I can’t say that I haven’t had any,” Joe Girardi said.

Utility man Kelly Johnson held out for a while, but even he now has succumbed. “I was probably one of the last ones to try it,” Johnson said. “It was probably like two weeks ago that I tried my first one. The next three days, I probably ate about 50 of them, but I wouldn’t put myself in the addicted category.”

Will there be sufficient supplies to last the first-place Yankees the entire season?

The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 22, 2014 at 06:10 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: addiction, food, hiroki kuroda, japan, team chemistry, yankees

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Accent Shallow Posted: May 22, 2014 at 11:46 PM (#4711904)
I am pleasantly surprised that this headline is literal.
   2. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: May 23, 2014 at 12:04 AM (#4711908)
I've asked my local candy store whether Hi-Chew is carried there. Will report back.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 23, 2014 at 12:34 AM (#4711916)
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 23, 2014 at 12:34 AM (#4711917)
EDIT: Double[mint] post.
   5. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 23, 2014 at 12:54 AM (#4711924)
Hi-Chew is incredibly easy to find and buy. The Yankees "hoarding" this "foreign candy from Japan" is a bit like trading rare bootleg copies of "Downton Abbey."
   6. Leroy Kincaid Posted: May 23, 2014 at 07:07 AM (#4711948)
I am pleasantly surprised that this headline is literal.

Figured maybe they found some of Matsui's collection.
   7. Gamingboy Posted: May 23, 2014 at 09:39 AM (#4711990)
I'm sure it's only a matter of time before this stuff is being sold at Yankee Stadium stands.
   8. puck Posted: May 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM (#4712035)
The dugout market was ripe for a takeover. When people see those big buckets of bazooka-style gum, they can't believe anyone still makes that gum.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
The Ghost's Tryin' to Reason with Hurricane Season
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogNeyer: The Jim Johnson Gambit fails
(8 - 6:24pm, Aug 01)
Last: Nasty Nate

NewsblogOT: Politics, August 2014: DNC criticizes Christie’s economic record with baseball video
(176 - 6:23pm, Aug 01)
Last: Joe Kehoskie

NewsblogYankees land infielders Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at Deadline
(38 - 6:18pm, Aug 01)
Last: Nasty Nate

NewsblogMariners notebook: Zduriencik fires back at critics | Mariners Insider - The News Tribune
(27 - 6:15pm, Aug 01)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogGiants Designate Dan Uggla, Tyler Colvin
(10 - 6:12pm, Aug 01)
Last: dr. scott

NewsblogJose Bautista, Casey Janssen “frustrated” and “disappointed” by Jays’ lack of deadline activity
(4 - 5:51pm, Aug 01)
Last: Daniel in Toronto

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread July, 2014
(577 - 5:46pm, Aug 01)
Last: puck

NewsblogJim Bowden Caught Stealing From Fake Twitter Account, Deletes Everything
(27 - 5:46pm, Aug 01)
Last: A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose)

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - August 2014
(16 - 5:40pm, Aug 01)
Last: robinred

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-1-2014
(8 - 5:26pm, Aug 01)
Last: Eric J can SABER all he wants to

NewsblogDiamondbacks call up former elite prospect Andy Marte
(9 - 5:24pm, Aug 01)
Last: bfan

NewsblogRosendo ‘Rusty’ Torres found guilty of 5 counts of sex abuse, acquitted of 3 other charges
(10 - 5:15pm, Aug 01)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogGeorge "The Animal" Steele Mangles A Baseball
(159 - 4:38pm, Aug 01)
Last: Dock Ellis on Acid

NewsblogMiklasz: Mozeliak sets off a loud wake-up call
(12 - 4:12pm, Aug 01)
Last: Ron J2

NewsblogBill James Mailbag - 7/13/14 - 7/22/14 (Subscription Required)
(8 - 3:57pm, Aug 01)
Last: Perry

Page rendered in 0.2043 seconds
52 querie(s) executed