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Posted by: Jack Curry on Oct 13, 2010 at 07:15:15 PM

One day after Cliff Lee was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Texas Rangers, not the expectant Yankees, Brian Cashman took his son, Teddy, to the circus. A trip to see the clowns, the lions and the trapeze artists had been planned, but it came at an opportune time. After believing the Yankees had snagged Lee and then learning he was going elsewhere, Cashman needed a diversion.

Cashman wanted Lee so desperately that he was willing to trade Jesus Montero, the Yankees’ premier prospect and a player that he thinks will eventually blast 40 homers in the Major Leagues. But the general manager thought Lee would be a season-changing addition, the type of pitcher who could help catapult the Yankees to a second straight championship. Instead, Lee went to the Rangers.

“When he

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jun 20, 2010 at 11:07:53 AM

Paul O’Neill wears two gold wedding bands on his left hand. The thicker band is his. The thinner band belonged to his father. It is something O’Neill has worn since Charles, his Dad, passed away almost 11 years ago.

During the 2000 World Series, I interviewed O’Neill as he walked out of Shea Stadium after Game 4. The Yankees were one win away from clinching their third straight championship, but I didn’t want to ask O’Neill about baseball. I wanted to ask him how much he was thinking about his father, who had died during the 1999 World Series.

We walked across the concrete corridor of Shea together. When I finally asked O’Neill about his father, he stopped walking so he could show me something. He held out his left hand and used his right fingers to

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jun 18, 2010 at 01:55:59 PM

Cito Culver hasn't officially graduated from high school yet, but he is almost the $1 million man. Culver, the Yankees' first round draft pick, has received a signing bonus of $954,000 to join the organization.

Culver hit .561 with nine homers and 38 runs batted in across 22 games for Irondequoit High School in Rochester, N.Y. The Yankees dispatched seven or eight different scouts to watch Culver before determining that he would be their top choice. Culver was the 32d overall pick in the first round.

Culver, who has been in Tampa, Fla. this week, will return to Rochester to graduate on Sunday. But Culver will then return to Tampa on Monday to begin his professional career.

"We are very excited to get Cito signed so quickly and get him out on the field to begin his development as a Major

Posted by: Jack Curry on May 14, 2010 at 11:42:32 PM

When Brett Gardner takes a lead off first base, he bends his right arm at an angle and keeps it tucked close to his chest. Gardner’s arm is bent in such a pronounced fashion that he looks as if he is prepared to fire an elbow at anyone who traipses into his patch of dirt.

As different as Gardner’s elbow looks from the way most players look when they lead off first, there is a reason for it. By keeping his elbow bent, Gardner said that he generates more force when he turns his body to the right and powers to second base.  

“When you run, the first thing that moves is your arms,” Gardner said. “You want to have your arms in a good position. Sometimes, if I open my arm up too much, that causes my body to stand up and I don’t get a good jump.

Posted by: Jack Curry on Apr 4, 2010 at 11:14:34 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The stalking will begin early. The Yankees and the Boston Red Sox don’t have to wait a week or a month to play each other. They get to do it in the first game of a new season, which is a perfect opener on Sunday night. The comparisons between the teams never cease. So why delay the inevitable?

Why wait to compare CC Sabathia and the Yankees’ rotation to Josh Beckett and the other Red Sox starters? Why wait to assess the new Yankees like Curtis Granderson and Nick Johnson against the new Red Sox like Mike Cameron and Marco Scutaro? Why wait to see the first night of Boston’s not-so-revolutionary strategy of stressing run prevention in conjunction with run production?

Wrestle with these comparisons and others while the Yankees and the Red Sox are side-by-side

Posted by: Jack Curry on Mar 30, 2010 at 02:32:32 PM

The following was originally posted on March 19 on

BRADENTON, Fla. -- In 16 days, Josh Beckett is scheduled to unleash the first pitch of the 2010 season to Derek Jeter at a boisterous Fenway Park. It will probably be a fastball, a pitch that will climb above 90 miles per hour and will christen the resumption of the rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees.

On Friday, Beckett fired fastballs against the anonymous Pirates in another monotonous Spring Training game. An hour before the game started, an expressionless Beckett sat alone in the third-base dugout, as approachable as a pit bull who had been fasting for a week. So Beckett's ornery demeanor was in perfect form to barge into another season.

At the same time, the Yankees were playing the Tigers

Posted by: Jack Curry on Mar 30, 2010 at 02:22:38 PM

The first time I covered a Yankee game as the main writer, my car was swiped. Or at least I thought it was stolen. After parking in midtown Manhattan to pick up a computer part at The New York Times, I bolted out of the building 10 minutes later and stared at a painfully empty parking spot.

On the subway to Yankee Stadium, I was equally worried about getting to the Bronx in time for pre-game interviews and about how I was going to eventually get home to New Jersey. Before Pascual Perez had gyrated his way through three innings, I learned that my car had been towed. After writing my story, a friend drove me to the impound lot to retrieve my car. It was around 2 a.m.

That incident had nothing and everything to do with covering baseball, and taught me a lesson that has shadowed