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Players share their Halloween faves

Players share their Halloween faves

PHILADELPHIA -- When Derek Jeter recalls Halloweens past, he probably first thinks of the 2001 World Series, when just after midnight on Nov. 1, he hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning of Game 4.

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But Jeter's not proud of all his Halloween moments. Just ask him about his favorite costume from childhood.

"I remember one year I dressed up as Prince," Jeter said. "My favorite song was 'Purple Rain' at the time. Don't say that too loud, some of the guys in here might hear me."

With Game 3 on Saturday, Halloween will feature baseball for only the second time -- and the first time by design. The '01 season was delayed by a week because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

So MLB.com reporters hit the clubhouses during Friday's workout day and asked: "What was your favorite candy to get when trick-or-treating and why? What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid and why?"

Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, who will start Game 3 on Saturday night at 7:57 ET, won an award for the best costume in his fifth-grade class many moons ago.

"My dad did a really good job on a Jason mask," Hamels said. "He had spray paint and blood on it, and a T-shirt. It looked really good."

And while there was surprising consensus across the two teams on candy strategy -- gather as much as possible -- Hamels knows his Halloween food of choice.

"It was definitely Reese's Peanut Butter Cup," he said. "You've got to love the chocolate and the peanut butter."

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They said it ...

On their favorite costume

Dave Robertson, RHP, Yankees: "One year in college, I dressed up as Quail-Man from the old Nickelodeon TV show 'Doug.' That was pretty fun. It was college, so we all went to a big party that night."

Chad Durbin, RHP, Phillies: "Whatever is fun. Whatever makes people smile."

On their favorite candy

Jeter: "I think it's pretty much whatever you can get. I wasn't picky."

Robertson: "When you're a kid, I think you're happy with everything you get, and you have so much at one time. You get those little mini Snickers and Kit Kat bars. I wasn't real picky about it."

Ryan Madson, RHP, Phillies: "I was just running around trying to get as much candy as possible."

David Gurian-Peck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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