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A praying mantis showed up in the Yankees dugout, so the players built him a habitat

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When a team is leading the American League Wild Card race -- like the Yankees currently are -- that means they've won a lot of games through hard work, dedication and ability. But even the best teams sometimes need some outside inspiration.

During Monday night's 5-1 win against the Rays at Citi Field, the Yankees received an unexpected visit in the dugout from a praying mantis.


Luckily for this mantis, Luis Severino formed an impromptu welcoming committee and set him up with a nice habitat with a paper cup, sunflower seeds and a baseball. In return for their kind treatment, the mantis' presence inspired the Yankees to victory over their division rival.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.