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Posted by: Jack Curry on Jul 28, 2011 at 06:24:37 PM

Hideki Irabu stood up, raised his hand in an animated way and drew an imaginary box around the perimeter of his locker at Yankee Stadium. That was Irabu’s blunt way of telling reporters that we shouldn’t invade his space, even if the walls he created with his finger were imaginary. I had never seen a player do that.

When I heard about Irabu’s death at the age of 42 years old on Thursday and heard that the Los Angeles police said it was an apparent suicide, I thought about that clubhouse scene. Irabu was dubbed the Nolan Ryan of Japan and he desperately wanted to pitch for the Yankees, but, once he helped force that into happening, he never seemed happy in New York.

I have no idea what it’s like to relocate to a foreign country and try to succeed in a place where

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Posted by: Jack Curry on Jul 26, 2011 at 11:31:32 AM

Watching batting practice is an intracite process. A manager gets a sense of what a player may bring to that night's game, and it provides an opportunity to communicate and share ideas one-on-one. Jack Curry had an opportunity to speak with Joe Girardi about what he looks for and evaluates during baseball's pregame ritual. (Click here to watch.)

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jul 19, 2011 at 01:57:51 PM

Last year, the Colorado Rockies would have been considered insane if they entertained trade talk about Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez was 15-1 with a 2.20 ERA when he started the All-Star Game for the National League. When baseball executives discussed the best pitchers in the Major Leagues, his name was mentioned prominently.

But, these days, the Rockies have said they are willing to listen to offers on Jimenez. Jimenez’s production has dropped since that brilliant first half in 2010 and he is said to be disenchanted with the Rockies because of his team-friendly contract. Suddenly, the Rockies have publicly acknowledged that Jimenez could be acquired if a team overwhelmed them with a proposal.

As the Yankees monitor Jimenez’s situation, they have scoffed at the idea of being the

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Posted by: Jack Curry on Jul 11, 2011 at 02:08:35 PM

An unrelenting confidence has always been one of Derek Jeter’s most important attributes. His steely stubbornness has been an important attribute, too. Jeter has always believed he could be one of the elite players in baseball and, even if there were moments where some doubts emerged, he was too stubborn to ever let those moments fester.

When Jeter blasted an unlikely homer off David Price for his 3,000th hit on Saturday, he made an at-bat that was memorable and historic into something even more grandiose. How could something be more memorable or more historic? Maybe it can’t, but, ask anyone who witnessed the homer and they will surely acknowledge that it seemed that way.

As Jeter’s day began so successfully and unfolded so incredibly, a baseball game turned into a

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Posted by: Jack Curry on Jul 8, 2011 at 02:24:22 PM

When Derek Jeter made his debut at shortstop for the Yankees on May 29, 1995, Wade Boggs was standing about 40 feet to Jeter’s right at third base. Boggs was a five-time batting champion who was known for being a smart, selective hitter. Jeter studied Boggs because Jeter studied everything.

The Yankees signed Boggs from the hated Red Sox before the 1993 season because general manager Gene Michael wanted players who valued on-base percentage. Long before Billy Beane and “Moneyball,” Michael and Manager Buck Showalter desired batters like Boggs, hitters who understood the importance of extending at-bats. One of Boggs’s most memorable at-bats as a Yankee was a bases-loaded walk in the 1996 World Series.

Now Jeter has never been close to being as patient as Boggs.

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Posted by: Jack Curry on Jul 6, 2011 at 03:01:07 PM

Craig Biggio knew he had to relish the moment that he collected his 3,000th hit, but a part of him also wanted to hustle past it as if he was trying to turn a single into a double.  Biggio wanted to dive into the exclusive club, wipe the dirt off his uniform, wave to the fans, hug his family and get back to playing.

Biggio thinks Derek Jeter is probably feeling the same way.

As the last player to reach 3,000 hits, Biggio’s insight into Jeter’s pursuit is valuable. While Biggio acknowledged that he doesn’t know Jeter well, he knows exactly what it’s like to enter a season in which the chase for 3,000 was a daily story. Everyone expected Biggio to do it four years ago, just like everyone expects Jeter will soon get his four hits, but the player is the one who must

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Posted by: Jack Curry on Jun 24, 2011 at 10:56:15 AM

CINCINNATI -- Soon after Alex Rodriguez cruised into the Great American Ball Park on Tuesday afternoon he had a mission. Rodriguez needed to locate one of his Yankee teammates and needed to have a conversation about what happened on Monday night. Rodriguez needed to find Boone Logan.

Logan had a miserable one-pitch outing when the Yankees defeated the Reds, 5-3, in the series opener on Monday. Summoned to oppose the left-handed hitting Joey Votto in the ninth inning, Logan drilled Votto with his first pitch. That was the end of Logan’s night. One pitch, one shabby fastball, and the Yankees needed Mariano Rivera to rescue them.

Since Logan is the only lefty in the bullpen, he needs to be adept at one thing: retiring left-handed hitters. But Logan has been disappointing in his critical

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Posted by: Jack Curry on Jun 10, 2011 at 01:21:34 PM

Derek Jeter was on the field by 3:30 on Tuesday afternoon, which is more than an hour earlier than he normally saunters out of the clubhouse. Jeter, a creature of habit, played the early bird to tape two public service announcements and to do two interviews, one with Nomar Garciaparra for ESPN and one with me for the YES Network.

Jeter knew what was coming. The questions weren’t going to focus on the Yankees or the Red Sox. On this day, the questions were about Jeter’s pursuit of 3,000 hits. When I asked Jeter what could lie beyond 3,000 and if he thinks 3,500 hits could be attainable, he wasn’t ready to predict the future.

“Let me get to 3,000,” Jeter said. “I’m not even to 2,990 yet.”

After Jeter smacked a single off Josh Beckett in a

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Posted by: Jack Curry on May 24, 2011 at 02:19:26 PM

When Brian Butterfield coaches third base for the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium this week, he stands about 50 feet away from his former pupil. When one of the Jays smacks a grounder to shortstop, Butterfield studies how Derek Jeter, his old student, moves. Butterfield watches Jeter, but he could just as easily close his eyes. He would still be able to recite Jeter’s movements.

Eighteen years ago, Butterfield, a coach in the Yankees’ organization, was given an important offseason assignment: Help make the athletic yet inconsistent Jeter a better defensive shortstop. It was Butterfield’s task to guarantee that Jeter, who had made 56 errors in 128 games at Class-A Greensboro, was proficient enough as a shortstop that the Yankees could confidently keep him there.

The

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Posted by: Jack Curry on May 19, 2011 at 01:03:56 PM

Our debate on who should pitch the ninth inning for the Yankees started in the seventh in Bob Lorenz’s office at the YES studios. Bob, who is superb at posing questions whether we are on- or off-camera, asked John Flaherty and me if we thought Bartolo Colon should stay in the game or if the Yankees should use Mariano Rivera in the inning that he usually owns.

Typically, this wouldn’t even have been a question for me. Rivera is the greatest closer of all-time, so he should get the ball like he always does. That is one of manager Joe Girardi’s easiest decisions. But because of the way Colon was pitching on Wednesday night, I hedged on that easiest of choices.

Once Bob floated the question, John fielded it first. The former Yankee, who has caught Rivera, reminded us how

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