Former Yankees batboy Luis Castillo was the last of the team's batboys to not have to sign a confidentiality agreement, so he's spilling the beans in a new memoir, Clubhouse Confidential.
The New York Post has some of the highlights from the book:
Alex Rodriguez was "high-maintenance": "A-Rod irritated the other players because he was so high-maintenance. He required his personal assistant to position his toothbrush on a certain part of the sink, specifically the edge near the right-hand cold water tap, leaning with bristles up over the basin. The first time he ordered me to do this, I couldn't believe my ears when he said, 'And put some toothpaste on it.'"
A-Rod brags about his homers: "A-Rod was different in another, childish way that made players laugh behind his back. When you watch games at home you sometimes see players come into the dugout after they hit a home run. If you've ever wondered what they're saying, it's usually things like 'Way to go!' or 'Good job!' Not A-Rod. After he hits a home run, he comes into the dugout and brags about it. Usually he's speaking Spanish to one of the other Latino players, and if he hit a home run he wouldn't shut up. 'Wow, did you see I hit a home run?' he'd say. 'That pitcher threw me a ball right over the plate and I smashed it over the fence. Did you ever see anything like that before?'"
Jeter had a mildly profane greeting for all the clubbies: "But this greeting wasn't meant to annoy anyone; on the contrary, it was intended to be a funny way to start our workday together. There's no question in my mind that Jeter's easygoing personality traits -- the way he joked, teased and bonded with players -- were something extra, almost in contrast to the aggressive fielding that fans had come to expect."
Hideki Matsui had a rather different rally cry before Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS loss to the Red Sox: "at the end of the meeting it was traditional for Joe Torre to ask Jorge Posada what we were going to do. He would reply, "Grind it!" This time -- I guess to make Hideki Matsui feel more part of the team -- Torre turned to him at the end of the meeting. 'What are we going to do?' Hideki paused for just a second before replying. 'Kick ass. Pop champagne. And get some ho's.'
Castillo also has more on how Jeter picked up women, a then-married A-Rod had several ladies on the side and Joe Torre's penchant for the ponies.
The code of baseball frowns upon airing dirty laundry in public, but if you can get one-on-one with a clubhouse attendant -- or clubbie in baseball parlance -- you'll hear some of the best stories about baseball you'll ever hope to hear. Castillo will never work in baseball again, but I'm sure he'll get some cash out of his book, which comes out Aug. 16. I've got to admit, I'm looking forward to it and will certainly read it, even though it's not exactly a revelation that Jeter's good with the ladies, A-Rod's kind of a jerk and Matsui is amusing.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.