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How A-Rod’s boozy birthday bash led the Yankees to the ‘09 World Series

Ten years ago, a Yankees squad for the ages would win its 27th World Series. In their new book, “Mission 27,” Mark Feinsand and Bryan Hoch take readers behind the locker-room doors of that 2009 team, telling how they came together to win the last championship for the “Core Four.” In this exclusive excerpt, the team gathers for Alex Rodriguez’s July birthday party, thrown by then-girlfriend Kate Hudson. Alex Rodriguez was renting a swanky mansion in Rye, a suburb approximately 20 miles northeast of the Stadium. Virtually the entire team — players, coaches, support staff, wives and girlfriends — made their way to the exclusive Milton Point neighborhood to toast A-Rod’s 34th year on the planet. Catering was provided by N ...