(Bill Kostroun / AP)

When it comes to winning baseball games, the New York Yankees suddenly have figured out how to get the hitch out of their giddyup.

They are 5-0 since reliever Shawn Kelley began wearing a horse-head mask he found on Amazon (hooray, internet). It’s their first five-game winning streak in more than four months and one that has them 2 1/2 games out of the battle for a wild card. Maybe it’s the horse head, maybe it’s the reality that Derek Jeter’s career can now be measured in days. Whatever is powering the Yankees, all ballplayers know that a streak must be respected.

kelley1 (Bill Kostroun / AP)

“Kelley’s undefeated with the horse,” Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury said (via Yahoo’s Jeff Passan). “I’m never going to go against that.”

Not that Kelley was thinking about that when he stumbled across the head, which had a 4 1/2-star rating among more than 3,000 reviewers.

“When I see those things, randomly in a crowd, it makes me laugh,” he 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 horse even has a name.


Of course.