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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.
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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

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   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 B. 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.

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