Apparently freaky horse head mask is key to Yankees resurgence

Yankees pitcher Shawn Kelley stretches with a horse head mask on before playing the White Sox on Saturday.

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If it works, don’t change it, even if "it" is a disturbing vinyl and latex horse head mask.

Yankees relief pitcher Shawn Kelley purchased one of those fine specimens and after he donned the mask this past Thursday, the Yankees won fve in a row. Coincidence? Doesn’t matter. 

"At first, I was wondering who it was," Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury told Yahoo’s Jeff Passan. "And then I wondered why he had it on. And then we got on a little roll, and I figured it doesn’t matter what the reason is. We’re winning with it."

During the five-game streak, the Yankees pulled within 2.5 games of an AL wild-card spot. 

The mask first went on sale in roughly 2002 and has gained fame on the web because pretty much anywhere a human goes wearing a large vinyl horse head, it’s out of place.

People wearing the masks have appeared at a variety of sporting events including the Ryder Cup, a Phillies game and a Brewers game where the wearer got the boot.

"When I see those things, randomly in a crowd, it makes me laugh," Kelley said. "So I figured, I’ll do that, and it’ll make everyone laugh in the clubhouse. And then we went on a winning streak."

The mask’s magic wore off Tuesday in a 5-2 loss to the Tigers. The next step might be to don the unicorn head that got porn star Andy San Dimas kicked out of Pittsburgh’s PNC Park last year.

[H/T Yahoo!]