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New York Yankees Addicted to Japanese Candy Thanks to Hiroki Kuroda

May 22nd, 2014 at 5:40 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees are addicted to winning and while that much is known, there's another addiction the Bronx Bombers are battling with right now: Japanese candy.

That's right, thanks to Japanese star Hiroki Kuroda, the team is now addicted to a candy called Hi-Chew, which was given to Kuroda by the company that makes the candy in order to distribute to the team. The addiction began in spring training and hasn't subsided since.

Per Andrew Marchand of

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.

"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.

"I was first introduced to Hi-Chew in Boston last year," reliever Matt Thornton said. "When I first saw it come into the clubhouse here, I knew immediately that it would be a huge hit with the guys.

"There is something about them. I don't know if there is some sort of illegal substance in them or something like that [that] makes them so addictive, but they are definitely one of those things where you can knock down 10 and not even realize it. I had a steady diet of them going on in the playoffs last year. They are good. They are kind of a newer candy over here."

After the Alex Rodriguez fiasco, the Yanks better hope there is nothing in those candies.

When the team finishes its supply, Kuroda is the man who re-stocks the club.

As for who is most addicted to the candy, it looks like there's a battle between CC Sabathia and Shawn Kelley. Both pitchers are on the disabled list at the moment, so let's hope the candy isn't the cause. Many fans have been screaming for Sabathia to gain his weight back, well now is his chance.

Masahiro Tanaka, who is from the country where this candy started, didn't seem to be too concerned about his teammates' addiction, per the same report from Marchand:

"I'm not worried, but I see a lot of the guys eating it," said Masahiro Tanaka, who said he likes Hi-Chew but didn't seem as if he is one of the players with a problem. "I'm not worried."

This is certainly something to keep an eye on. If guys start really struggling, withdrawals may be to blame. Or, if you see guys coming onto the field overweight, it may be time to start putting a stop to the Hi-Chew sensation taking over the Yankee clubhouse.


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Tags: Baseball, Bronx Bombers, hi-chew, Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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