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Posted by: Jack Curry on Nov 2, 2010 at 08:25:15 PM

John Flaherty doesn’t recall the exact time and the exact place of his conversation with Aubrey Huff, but he speculated that it happened in May of 2001. That was Huff’s first full season with Tampa Bay. Huff told Flaherty, a teammate who was in his tenth season in the major leagues, the new strategy for his career.

At the time, Huff wasn’t hitting much and wasn’t talking much, either. Both of those facts belied the scouting report on a player who had a big swing and a big personality. Huff knew he could instantly change one of those things by simply opening his mouth. He wasn’t so sure about the other, about immediately becoming a better hitter. But Huff had to begin making alterations somewhere.

“He told me that he was going to start being himself,

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Posted by: Jack Curry on Sep 21, 2010 at 02:17:23 PM

It took me 20 minutes to find the notebook that included an unused Derek Jeter interview. I knew the notebook was in my home office, but I didn’t know it was buried beneath several more old notebooks, a book about how to win at blackjack and a compact disc player. Yes, a CD player.

I searched for the notebook because Jeter’s disappointing performance this season reminded me of a conversation we had six months ago. On a random morning in Tampa, Fla., I asked Jeter about the future. Jeter didn’t want to discuss being in the final year of his contract with the Yankees so I asked him about the years beyond 2010. Just how long does Jeter want to play?

“As long as I’m having fun, I’m going to keep playing,” Jeter said. “Why would you put limitations

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Posted by: Jack Curry on Apr 9, 2010 at 11:43:01 AM

Behind the Buddy Holly glasses, the thoughtful baseball comments and the realistic belief that the Tampa Bay Rays are a World Series contender again, Joe Maddon respects the Yankees. He respects the defending champions, but the manager of the Rays doesn’t fear them. No way.

Maddon is as honest as any manager in baseball. If the Rays had no chance to compete for a title in 2010, Maddon would admit it and then he would repeat his words an hour later. But the Rays, who are flush with superb athletes and stellar young pitchers, believe they are running alongside the Yankees, not behind them.

“I think you begin with a clean slate, but there’s still respect for the defending champions,” Maddon said. “I’ve always felt the Yankees and the Red Sox have got it

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