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Posted by: Jack Curry on Nov 4, 2011 at 09:27:41 AM

TAICHUNG, Taiwan -- Robinson Cano hopped out of a white van near one of the popular “night markets” here and the screeching started. Everyone on the bustling street seemingly recognized Cano so they scampered toward him to snap his picture. A group of fans quickly became a crowd that became a mob. There was a wall of 10 security guards surrounding the Yankees’ second baseman.

Cano took small steps during his shopping expedition. He had no choice. With so many people smothering him, Cano had to shuffle along at a sluggish pace. It didn’t matter to Cano, who stopped to pose for pictures and who appeared to enjoy the attention as much as the people enjoyed seeing him.

When Cano walked into a sneaker store, fans rushed toward the door and tried to get near him. Eventually,

Posted by: Jack Curry on Nov 2, 2011 at 12:43:08 PM

NEW TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN – The burly man carried his massive drum across the first level of Xinzhuang Stadium as if he was carrying an infant. He placed it behind a row of blue seats, rested his sticks on top of the drum and waited. He was one of the quietest men in the ballpark. But, eventually, that changed.

As soon as the Chinese Taipei National team hustled on to the field to play the visiting Major Leaguers, the man attacked the drums. He attacked them so vigorously that the folds of flesh on the back of his neck jiggled. The drummer was the essence of an intense fan, a portrait that was visible in hundreds of different shapes and colors throughout the stadium.

When Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson came to town, they noticed that the pulsating drums were only part of a festive

Posted by: Jack Curry on Oct 31, 2011 at 12:34:00 PM

TAIPEI, Taiwan – When Curtis Granderson marched through the airport on Sunday afternoon, there were about two dozen reporters pointing cameras in his face. Granderson didn’t blink. Instead, Granderson mimicked them because he was pointing a video camera right back at them.

“They’re looking at me and I’m looking at them,” said Granderson, who moved as briskly as if he was dashing from first to third on a single.

When Granderson was introduced at a press conference for the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series, he happily waved to the dozens of photographers who were crowded inside a ballroom at the Grand Hyatt. The cameras clicked a little faster and a little louder, trying to capture Granderson’s simple, smart hello.

A few minutes later, Granderson’s

Posted by: Jack Curry on Oct 7, 2011 at 02:39:18 PM

The precious opportunities kept appearing. Crucial chances for the Yankees, chances for them to overtake the Tigers, win Game 5 of the American League Division Series and prolong their season. But, in futile at-bat after futile at-bat, the Yankees didn’t produce. The powerful Yankees couldn’t smack a timely single Thursday night.

When Jose Valverde pumped a fastball past Alex Rodriguez, the Tigers had a 3-2 win while the Yankees had the ending to their night and the ending to an exasperating postseason. Rodriguez’s last, helpless hack was an attempt to catch up with a 94-mile per hour pitch. That final swing was an ugly and fitting finale to a game that should haunt the Yankees.

“This,” said Tigers manager Jim Leyland, “will be a game I remember for

Posted by: Jack Curry on Sep 23, 2011 at 03:01:02 PM

Let’s fast forward to early October. Imagine the Yankees are ahead by one game or behind by one game after the first three contests of a best-of-five Division Series. Who would they want pitching Game 4? CC Sabathia, of course.

That, in brief, is why the Yankees should use a three-man rotation in the first round of the postseason.

After the Yankees start Sabathia in Game 1, he would need to pitch on three days’ rest to start Game 4. Sabathia has done that before and he can do that again. That is what Sabathia is built to do. He is 3-1 with a 1.01 earned run average on three days’ rest in his career. He is durable enough to do it and I guarantee that he’d want to do it, too.

If the Yankees start Sabathia in Games 1 and 4, they can start Ivan Nova in Game 2 and

Posted by: Jack Curry on Sep 20, 2011 at 01:04:40 PM

The skinny kid in shorts and a T-shirt was watching the Yankees play an exhibition game at Fort Lauderdale Stadium in 1993. The only reason I noticed him is because he was positioned behind a fence that was alongside the Yankees’ dugout. That was a place where reporters congregated. We could peek at the game and also monitor if George Steinbrenner emerged from an office trailer that was about 100 feet away.

As the kid talked to a fan, I soon realized he was a Yankee Minor Leaguer and I became intrigued by his words. The kid explained how he had undergone right elbow surgery, how he was going to return soon and how, someday, he would pitch in the Major Leagues.

“I’ll be there,” the kid said. “You will see.”

I had no idea who this kid was. After asking

Posted by: Jack Curry on Sep 15, 2011 at 11:37:49 AM

The sweet scene after a baseball game resembled a scene from Little League. The little brother approached the older brother, who played for the opposing team. A few seconds later, the brothers walked toward the seats on the third base side to rendezvous with their parents. Both players leaned across a railing to hug their mother and father.

What made this scene sweet and remarkable is that it didn’t happen at a Little League game. It happened at a Major League game. After catcher Austin Romine made his debut with the Yankees as a defensive replacement last Sunday, he only had to saunter across Angels Stadium to hang out with his brother, Andrew, who is an infielder for the Angels. The big brother got to see his baby brother follow him into the Majors.

And, as if that wasn’t

Posted by: Jack Curry on Sep 8, 2011 at 09:53:44 AM

Fifteen days after the most horrendous experience of their young lives, Brielle and Kirsten Saracini were smiling again. They were skipping along the concourse of old Yankee Stadium, then scooting through the box seats and then scampering along the grass near the first base dugout.

“I couldn’t breathe for about 20 minutes,” Brielle said.

It was one visit to a ballpark on September 26, 2001, but it was a memorable visit that allowed Brielle and Kirsten to feel like innocent children again for a few hours. Actually, they felt like queens or princesses or the 26th and 27th players on the Yankees roster. Every place the girls looked, another player or another person embraced them or hung out with them. It was a day where some healing, which is an endless process, began.

Posted by: Jack Curry on Sep 6, 2011 at 01:08:54 PM

Before Jesus Montero had taken one swing with the Yankees, general manager Brian Cashman had already discussed a scenario in which Montero could snatch the designated hitter’s job in the postseason. The Yankees didn’t promote Montero on Sept. 1 because they simply wanted to give him a look. They did it because they realized Montero could be their best option at DH in October and beyond.

After Montero hammered two homers in an 11-10 win over the Orioles on Monday, it became more evident that the potential plan to give Montero at-bats in the postseason was progressing nicely. While manager Joe Girardi said he didn’t want to get “too giddy” after one game, the Yankees are giddy about Montero and what he could provide.

“He’s a hitter,” Cashman

Posted by: Jack Curry on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:46:26 AM

Joe Girardi has supplied the same answer numerous times to explain why he made a particular lineup decision with the Yankees. He is starting the players that he thinks will give the Yankees the best chance to win. It is a simple answer, a way to seemingly throttle any follow up questions.

But, when A.J. Burnett is involved, nothing is ever simple.

The Yankees have CC Sabathia as their ace and five other pitchers vying for the remaining four spots in their rotation. And, as Burnett continues to falter, Girardi’s words about using the best players are appropriate, because anytime the Yankees start Burnett over any of the other pitchers they aren’t putting their best team on the field. These days, Burnett is their worst starting pitcher.

Burnett confounded the Yankees again