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A-Rod -- Blowing Off Lucky Pregame Ritual

10/20/2010 4:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has finally figured out why the New York Yankees have choked so hard in the last few playoff games ... and it all has to do with Alex Rodriguez's game day eating habits.

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For years, A-Rod has habitually rolled over to the famous Serafina Restaurant in NYC to stuff his face with a special off-the-menu item that the chef specially prepares for him before a big game. In fact, during last year's World Series run, A-Rod was photographed at the spot almost every day.

But this year, our restaurant spies tell us A-Rod has not had a pregame meal at Serafina since the playoffs began.

The Yankees are getting ready to play the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the ALCS in less than an hour -- we're thinking Girardi should send out for delivery ASAP.

As you may know, it's been a rough couple of nights for A-Rod -- yesterday some dude named Grim LeRogue rushed the field and tried to get near him. It was later reported that Grim has some sort of crush on Cameron Diaz.

Dude was arrested for assault -- and is set to be arraigned at his bedside at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx on Thursday.

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25 COMMENTS

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Mrs.Kinsler    

GO RANGERS!

1275 days ago
2.

Googie    

A-Rod, don't let people bully you into eating where you don't want to. Don't eat at Serafina's if you don't want. He he he.

1275 days ago
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LVC    

whats his favorite meal? A ****meat sandwich!

1275 days ago
4.

tracy    

When crazy people are stalking you, you change your pattern of behavior.

1275 days ago
5.

charmed    

a-rod u better go and eat a big dinner we need this win to stay alive

1275 days ago
6.

Jen    

Sorry, A-Rod, doesn't matter what you eat. The Rangers are gonna hand the Yankees their ass tonight! Go Texas Rangers!!

1275 days ago
7.

Davinci    

i wonder if f**king a hot blonde is part of the ritual too. ha

1275 days ago
8.

tlm    

GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1275 days ago
9.

sgm    

GO RANGERS!!!!!

1275 days ago
10.

Bob Goodden    

GO RANGERS WIN THE BIG ONE!!!!

1275 days ago
11.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

wasnt he banging maddonna

1275 days ago
12.

Stupid People Hater    

He can go blow something else while he's at it.

1275 days ago
13.

1    

what does eating have to do with playing with balls? baseball is the most boring sport ever

1275 days ago
14.

Mel    

TMZ read your own story and think about it, he ate there last year during the world series, the world series hasn't started yet and NY won't even be in it anyway dummies.

1275 days ago
15.

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Slow news day eh?

1275 days ago
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