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Colin Curtis is must-see TV

curtis.JPGColin Curtis’ parents try to watch all of the Yankees’ games via from their living room in a Seattle suburb, but it could have been excused if they wandered away from the computer in the seventh inning of yesterday’s game. Brett Gardner was the hitter and Curtis was chugging Gatorade on the bench – there was no way to know what would happen.

Turns out, Dad was just in time. Jed Curtis had just escaped a meeting and returned to his Issaquah, Wash. desk, when he saw a sequence of events that would have him jumping for joy, as he told the New York Post.
When Gardner was ejected, Curtis replaced him, inheriting an 0-2 count and slugging a memorable 3-2, three-run homer that put the last exclamation point on the Yankees’ 10-2 victory. It was a dream come true moment for Curtis, who overcame testicular cancer as a high school freshman, wore No. 9 at Arizona State in honor of Roger Maris and belted a walk-off home run this spring for the Yankees while wearing uniform No. 98.
“It’s a lot of excitement,” Curtis said. “You hit it and you see it go out, and it’s the first one of your career in a big situation. I was real excited just running around and trying to hold back a big smile.”
The baseball was hit into the right-field seats, and it took a little bit of scrambling for the Yankees’ security staff to secure the souvenir. In the end, the lucky fan who caught the ball agreed to swap Curtis’ first big league homer for autographs from Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. Curtis said he had to track both players down after the game, a chore he surely did not mind. 

Kangaroo court is in session

The Yankees had their first kangaroo court session of the year yesterday, with the Hon. Mariano Rivera presiding. It took about an hour for the players to get through the list of offenses which have been compiled over the first three months-plus of the season. Most of them are silly ways for teammates to write each other up, and many never see the light of day to the public.

“What happens in kangaroo court, stays in kangaroo court,” Mark Teixeira said.
Not exactly. Phil Hughes opened the window a little bit, revealing that Tony Pena had been hit with a fine for his duck-and-cover act on May 4, when Francisco Cervelli tumbled into the dugout in pursuit of a foul ball. Typically, players and coaches will help prop the player up to avoid injury – Pena offered absolutely no help in bracing Cervelli. Finally, justice caught up to him. 
Hughes said he didn’t escape unscathed. He was hit with a fine for writing up double offenses on Colin Curtis, who had tried to mail a players’ All-Star ballot with no address and no postage when the Yankees were in Los Angeles last month. Curtis wasn’t exonerated, so there were no winners in that one. 
“We didn’t have all that many,” he said. “They were just really drawn out. It took forever.”

A walk-off win, but no pie? Well, not so fast…

At the moment Colin Curtis slugged a three-run home run over the right-center field wall, ending Wednesday’s 6-3 Yankees win over the Pirates, A.J. Burnett was long gone – sometimes the starting pitchers hang out to watch each other work, but maybe there are other ways to occupy a cool but enjoyable afternoon in the Tampa area (we wouldn’t know!).

Anyway, that meant that when Curtis and his No. 98 jersey crossed home plate, there was no madman racing out of the dugout with a whipped cream-laden towel to hit the outfielder with. That sort of thing seems best reserved for the regular season anyway, if you’re going to do it all.

But the Yankees haven’t forgotten how many times Burnett whacked them in the kisser with something sweet last season, in one of the more hilarious quirks of the ’09 Yankees. So when Burnett won the Yankees’ Indy Car racing video game tournament on Tuesday, Kevin Long got revenge on behalf of the whole team.

Hard to believe no players spilled the goods today! Here’s Joe Girardi:

“It just happened the spur of the moment. I saw this shorter coach running to get a towel and some whipped cream at the bar in there. The next thing I know, there’s 50 guys, and he kind of got his way through. That was enjoyable for me to watch, and probably about 15 other guys too.”

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