The ‘lucky’ turtle behind the Yankees’ late-season surge

TORONTO — Slow and steady wins the race.

At least that’s what the Yankees are hoping after bringing Bronxie the turtle into their clubhouse last week.

Nestor Cortes Jr. bought the small turtle at a Bronx pet store last week, as first reported by ESPN, before the Yankees went out and swept the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.

Bronxie made the trip to Boston, as well, where the Yankees also swept the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Nevertheless, Bronxie wasn’t with the Yankees when they opened another key series against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

“He’ll be with us here in spirit,’’ Aaron Boone said before Tuesday’s game.

“We’ll see him back in New York,’’ Brett Gardner said.

Bronxie’s arrival coincided with the latest Yankees run up the AL wild-card standings. They entered Tuesday up by a game on Boston for the first wild-card spot and two games on Toronto.

Cortes declined to talk about the team’s new unofficial member on Tuesday.

“Hopefully it’s a good luck charm,’’ Gardner said. “We’ll see him back in New York.”

Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge celebrate after Stanton’s clutch homer against the Red Sox.
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Boone chuckled when asked about Bronxie, calling him “a cute little guy.”

Asked whether he was the reason for the Yankees’ recent uptick in play, Boone said, “We’ll see. It’s something the guys have had a little bit of fun with.”

The improved play has helped, as well.

The Yankees entered Tuesday having won six in a row, as well as 11 of 15 since they dropped seven in a row earlier this month.

The previous two wins came in dramatic fashion over the Red Sox, with a go-ahead grand slam from Giancarlo Stanton on Saturday and a game-turning two-run double by Aaron Judge and another mammoth homer by Stanton on Sunday.

Judge’s double came after he hit a foul pop that was nearly caught by Boston’s Bobby Dalbec and then a foul tip that was dropped by Christian Vazquez on a controversial call by home plate umpire Joe West.


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