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The thrill of a lifetime

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 21, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Angels Yankees BaseballWhen Colin Curtis got to his locker after today’s game, the Yankees championship belt was sitting in his chair. Pretty big honor for a guy with 27 major league at-bats, but Curtis had no idea what it was for.

“I don’t know what it is,” he said. “But it was in my locker after the game.”

There were a lot of big moments that kept the Yankees in front this afternoon. Dave Robertson got out of a bases-loaded jam. Joba Chamberlain got out of a bases-loaded jam. Juan Miranda hit a solo home run. But Derek Jeter said he never felt comfortable until Curtis went deep, a bizarre pinch-hit home run that came only after Brett Gardner was ejected in the middle of an at-bat.

Curtis said he was sitting on the bench, drinking Gatorade when Gardner was tossed. He grabbed a bat, took a few practice swings and went to the plate already in the hole 0-2. He worked the count full then drove one to right field. When he got to the dugout, the crowd demanded a curtain call.

“I had no idea what to do,” Curtis said. “I was just giving people high fives and they said, ‘Hey, you’ve got to go out.’ So I was like, all right. I was walking up by the benches, and they were pushing me out toward the opening of the dugout. That was the thrill of a lifetime. You see all of the Yankee history of those guys taking curtain calls. To get an opportunity to do it was amazing.”

Here’s Curtis talking after the game. You’ll notice a sudden pause in the interview. That’s when Reggie Jackson came over to give Curtis a baseball with a personalized inscription. A few minutes earlier, Jackson had told Curtis that he was proud of him, and Curtis had responded: “I’m a little bit behind you.”

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