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Former Yankees batboy reveals clubhouse secrets in book

Aug 8, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

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Luis Castillo, who was a Yankees batboy from 1998 to 2005, has a new book coming out called “Clubhouse Confidential” and shared a preview with the New York Post that includes some reasonably interesting behind-the-scenes stories about Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and company.

Assorted highlights from the preview:

* Jeter nicknamed him “Squeegee” immediately because “you look like a Squeegee” and “he names everybody.” (Note: On the book cover, he’s listed as Luis “Squeegee” Castillo.)

* Jeter’s standard greeting to the teenage batboys was “how’re you doin’, biatches?”

* When out at clubs, Jeter’s “preference was for women who had a nice smile and personality.” (Note: For whom is that not a preference, exactly?)

* Jeter often had his personal trainer approach women on his behalf in order to “avoid scandals and gossip.”

* Compared to other star players, Alex Rodriguez was a bad tipper, although he gave Castillo “$100 a week to make sure there was a creatine shake waiting for him after each home game.”

* Rodriguez needed his toothbrush put in a specific place near the sink and had his clothes laid out for him in a specific way.

* Once when a then-married Rodriguez was “on his way out with two blondes on his arms” he spotted Castillo wearing a suit and commented on it, quietly placing $200 in his suit pocket while saying “have a good night.”

* Prior to Game 7 of the ALCS in 2004 the pregame meeting ended with Joe Torre asking the Yankees “what are we going to do?” and Hideki Matsui responding: “Kick ass. Pop champagne. And get some ho’s.” (Note: They lost the game.)

There’s a lot more where those came from in the New York Post article and presumably in the book.

  1. phrontiersman - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Reading that last bullet made me wish there was some sort of video or recording of Ichiro’s infamous pre-All-Star Game speeches.

  2. kopy - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Admittedly, outside of the toothbrush/clothes needing to be presented in a “specific” way, these are probably all things I would also do if I was a rich and famous Yankee.

  3. halladaysbiceps - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    “* Jeter’s standard greeting to the teenage batboys was “how’re you doin’, biatches?””

    Hahahahahaahah!!!! Squeegee! LOL!!! You can’t make this stuff up.

  4. southpaw2k - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    These anecdotes are deemed “reasonably interesting”? These seem more like the type of celebrity snuff in National Enquirer.

  5. ningenito78 - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    A bat’boy’ for EIGHT YEARS?? At some point doesn’t that mean he became Batman?

    • hoopmatch - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:28 AM

      Yeah, but no team wants the added expense of paying royalties for the use of Batman’s costume.

      • ningenito78 - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:34 AM

        Or Batman is actually about an ex batboy that worked for Steinbrenner, had a nervous breakdown, and is now stuck in some schitzophrenic dream that makes him dress up in dark clothes and go hunting for clowns and short fat guys with canes that sound like they have untreated throat cancer.

  6. yankeesgameday - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    I really don’t like the precedent here. When you work with celebrities of any ilk the single most important rule is discretion. When you are employed by an organization that affords you access to people whose private lives could serve as fodder for tabloids or books like this your most important job is to keep your mouth shut about what you see and hear.

    I have worked in tv for almost 20 years and I’ve been friends with stars you’d know just by their first names and at no point will you ever hear a peep from me about their personal lives. My old boss once said I’m the only person he trusts not to write a book about him even though I could really cash in. You want to talk about unwritten rules, this kid just broke the single biggest one there could be for a bat boy.

    Arod gives a kid $200 and is a lousy tipper? I mean screw you kid. you never deserved your job in the first place if this is how you want to repay these men and the organization.

    Go get a regular job, they already made the tv show about a former Yankee bat boy and it sucked. You arent getting anything but blackballed and making life harder for everyone involved, including other bat boys.

    • Jack Marshall - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      Yes, yes, yes. Exactly. This guy had one duty that lasts forever, and he violated it.

      • professor59 - Aug 8, 2011 at 12:57 PM

        I would normally agree, but these “revelations” are pretty boring. I can guarantee he has left out the juiciest stuff. You don’t cross the Yankees.

    • Paul Zummo - Aug 8, 2011 at 12:26 PM

      Yeah, this is what ran through my mind as I read this. He violated a trust, and also comes off as sounding a bit petty in doing so.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 8, 2011 at 12:50 PM

      The Yankees botched it by not making him sign a confidentiality agreement. They do for most/all batboys, but I hear somehow this kid fell through the cracks that way.

      Whatever. These guys get paid millions to whack a ball with a stick. If some of their (not so) dirty laundry gets aired it is tough to feel too badly for them. Oh Noes, Jeter said biatches and likes girls with nice smiles! Matsui said ‘hos’ (we think).

      If Jeter and ARod hate it they should buy out the printing of the book. They can do it.

    • macjacmccoy - Aug 9, 2011 at 4:15 AM

      how can you really blame the guy people need money in this economy and this was the best way for him to get money. I would have done it. Most of the people on here up in arms about it would have done it too.

  7. joecool16280 - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Gold Jerry…Gold

    • macjacmccoy - Aug 9, 2011 at 4:16 AM

      Cantstandya

  8. quizguy66 - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Thought it was funny that there’s a bit about A-Rod being a relatively lousy tipper and then it’s followed by too stories where it seems A-Rod is pretty generous.

    So with this book I guess we’ve reached the era where batboys and batgirls will have to sign a 7-page confidentially agreement, eh?

    -QG

    • anotheryx - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:45 AM

      Said in the original article it said that this guy was one of the last bat boy who did not have to sign a confidentiality agreement. So we are already pass that point. The stuff that’s in the preview at least doesn’t have anything that outrageous, except that they are making me somewhat liking the yanks (gags uncontrollably).

      • ningenito78 - Aug 8, 2011 at 12:13 PM

        I’m not too keen on any job title that ends in the word ‘Boy’ having to sign a confidentiality agreement. Am I alone on this one?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 8, 2011 at 12:51 PM

        bat biatches?

  9. Lukehart80 - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    I say this as a Yankees-hater: this book seems to be in pretty poor taste.

    I agree with the comment above, if Rodriguez was giving you thousands of dollars a year, you probably shouldn’t come out and bash him as a bad tipper.

    As Yogi might say, hopefully this guy’s 15 minutes of fame won’t last long.

    • anotheryx - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM

      I don’t see how it’s in poor taste. At least the part linked only makes yanks (ARod’s toothbrush aside) look more interesting and likable.

  10. minnesconsin - Aug 8, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    yawn, this has already been done. (“Batboy” by Matthew McGough, 2005 Doubleday)

    • 18thstreet - Aug 8, 2011 at 2:56 PM

      That was a great book, and hardly an excuse to air dirty laundry. Highly recommended. And I hate the Yankees.

  11. spudchukar - Aug 8, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Who knew being a batboy paid so well?

  12. goawaydog - Aug 8, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    wow, if those are “highlights” that looks to be an incredibly boring read. not even creative enough to come up with his own title for the book he has to steal an idea that has been overplayed since “Kitchen Confidential”.

  13. nyyankeedave - Aug 8, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Matsui gold ! “Kick ass. Pop champagne. And get some ho’s.” HAhahahahahah!!

  14. p31squared - Aug 8, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    “Creatine shake”*

  15. andyreidisfat - Aug 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Of course i haven’t read the book but i don’t see the problem. There is no reason expectation of privacy in baseball clubhouse. They have reporters and team personal in the clubhouse all the time. If the books as tame as these highlights then it seems light and fun more than any kind of hit piece.

    Now if he talks about the whole team shooting up roids then having manic orgies i might buy the book. Other wise its about the yankees so imo it sucks.

  16. stairwayto7 - Aug 8, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    That is it? Where is he rest of the dirt on these guys! I bet the book sucks!

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