JCTV Episode 11: Justin Tuck

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 6:53 PM [General]

    In the latest episode of JCTV, Giants defensive end Justin Tuck joins Jack Curry to talk about being a Yankees fan, his all-time favorite player and his work ethic. 

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    Rivera savors one last All-Star moment

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 2:06 PM [General]

    The memorable night was over, but Mariano Rivera wanted to revisit it. He was still wearing his Yankee uniform, still gushing about a night like no other. Rivera wanted to go back on the field, wanted to climb back on the mound and wanted to feel what it was like to be universally adored. Again.

    There has never been another pitcher with the distinct talents of Rivera and there aren't enough people with the gentlemanly traits of Rivera. As the 43-year old Rivera leaned against a cinderblock wall near the visiting clubhouse at CitiField, he grew emotional while discussing how both teams delayed the All-Star Game to stand and cheer for him.

    "They almost made me cry," Rivera said. "Almost. It was close. It has been tremendous. I was telling them I hope this night doesn't end."

    If Rivera kept talking about the night, the night where he came in to pitch a scoreless eighth inning for the American League, maybe he thought it wouldn't end. So, following a press conference, Rivera kept talking. He recalled how he trotted in from the bullpen, got to his usual place of work on the mound and then realized he was alone on a baseball island.

    In one of the coolest, classiest displays I've ever seen, the other All-Stars treated Rivera like the ultimate All-Star. As Rivera pitches in his final season, his peers reminded the cool, classy closer about how much he has meant to baseball. He removed his cap and waved it to both dugouts. His eyes were moist.

    "I got ready to throw and I see, because my face was facing the National League team, and they're all in front of the dugout cheering and applauding me," Rivera said. "Then I looked to my right and I see my teammates and they are doing it also. I'm like, 'Oh, my God.' It's special."

    When Rivera recounted that amazing display from the A.L.'s 3-0 victory, he almost began crying again. He shook his head. He collected himself. So I asked him how meaningful it was to have the best players in baseball treat him with such reverence in his final All-Star Game.

    "The best players in baseball, all over the world," Rivera repeated. "The best players. I will never forget that moment because all I have done and all I want to do is represent the New York Yankees with dignity and pride and represent baseball and do it well. And to see that from both teams, the cream of the cream, that was priceless. There was no price for that. I was there alone, soaking it in. And I did."

    Rivera had a baseball from the game stuffed in his back pocket. He said his family would decide who would get the first opportunity to drive the blue sports car he received for being named the Most Valuable Player. He took out the baseball and held it as if he was holding a cutter. He seemed ready to throw another pitch. He didn't want the memory of this night to end.

    "I will keep it," Rivera said, "until the day I die."

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    X-rays on Cano come back negative

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 10:20 AM [General]

    As soon as Matt Harvey's 96-mile per hour fastball collided with the back of Robinson Cano's right knee, the sound was enough to concern the Yankees. It was a loud and ugly sound, a sound that was followed by the sight of a wounded Cano trying to walk to first base. He made it to first, but then quickly removed himself from the game.

    In a season that has been littered with injuries, the Yankees wondered if their best and most durable player had suffered a major injury in the first inning of the All-Star Game on Tuesday night. For several anxious minutes, Cano and the Yankees waited and wondered. The Yankees were relieved to learn that Cano's X-rays were negative and that he merely had a contusion on his right quadriceps.
    After Cano learned of the X-ray results, I spotted him sitting in a golf cart outside the National League clubhouse. I asked Cano if he was O.K. and Cano smiled and said that he was fine. Then Cano's driver hustled him away and drove him back to American League clubhouse. A few minutes later, Cano explained that he felt some tightness, not pain, in his quad and was hopeful that he could play against the Red Sox on Friday night.

    "Yeah, hopefully, yeah," Cano said.

    Cano described how Harvey's second pitch to him cut sharply inside and drilled him behind his knee. The ball moved so fast that Cano couldn't get out of the way. Cano said that trainers told him to ice his leg and rest for the next few days.

    When Cano limped from first base to the third base dugout to leave the game, Harvey patted his chest to take ownership of the pitch. Cano said Harvey was saying "my bad" and Cano winked at him.

    "What else can you say?" Cano said. He said Harvey did not "want to hit nobody on purpose."

    Harvey, who pitched two scoreless innings, stressed that he wasn't trying to hit Cano.

    "It's the last thing I wanted to do is injure somebody," Harvey said. "Obviously, I apologized and made sure he's O.K."

    As the Yankees try to make a post-season push, they need more offense and, of course, they must have a healthy and productive Cano. Cano has hit .302 with 21 homers and 65 runs batted in and has played in all 95 Yankee games. The Yankees need him to play in the 96th game and the 97th and on and on. A 96 M.P.H. fastball almost spoiled that plan, but Cano and the Yankees were fortunate that it didn't.

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    JCTV, Episode 10: Charl Brown

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 6:22 PM [General]

    In the latest episode of JCTV, Broadway actor Charl Brown joins Jack Curry to talk about acting on Broadway, the music of Smokey Robinson and his love of baseball.

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    JCTV, Episode 9: Adam Sandler

    Friday, July 12, 2013, 11:03 AM [General]

    In the latest episode of JCTV, comedian Adam Sandler joins Jack Curry to talk about the start of Sandler's career, the Mariano Rivera of comedians, his favorite all-time Yankees players and more.

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