November 6th, 2011

November 6 – Happy Birthday Chad Curtis

Curtis had three productive seasons in pinstripes from 1997 through 1999 as the team’s top reserve outfielder. His two home runs in the third game of the 1999 World Series, which included a bottom-of-the-tenth-inning walk-off blast, helped the Yankees sweep the Braves. Born in Marion, IN in 1968, Chad may have had one problem not too many Yankees have experienced during the past 14 years. The rumor was that he and Derek Jeter did not like each other. His problems with the Yankees’ all-time hit leader stemmed from Jeter’s behavior during an August 1999 game between New York and Seattle. There was a brawl between the two teams during the game and instead of getting in the middle of it, Jeter and the Mariners’ Alex Rodriguez stayed off to the side of the action, pretty much making believe they were holding onto each other. Curtis thought Jeter should have worked harder to defend his teammates during the melee and told the shortstop that not once but twice after the incident including once in the Yankee locker room within earshot of reporters. Jeter did not appreciate the criticism and from that point onward, barely spoke to Curtis again. Yankee management then made sure that Jeter would not have to go out of his way to avoid or ignore Curtis any longer when they traded the outfielder to Texas after that 1999 World Series.

This former Yankee starting pitcher and this other Yankee outfielder both share Curtis’s November 6th birthday.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1997 NYY 93 372 320 51 93 21 1 12 50 12 36 49 .291 .362 .475 .837
1998 NYY 151 545 456 79 111 21 1 10 56 21 75 80 .243 .355 .360 .714
1999 NYY 96 245 195 37 51 6 0 5 24 8 43 35 .262 .398 .369 .767
10 Yrs 1204 4650 4017 648 1061 195 16 101 461 212 510 676 .264 .349 .396 .745
CAL (3 yrs) 405 1684 1477 220 396 64 9 27 155 116 158 229 .268 .342 .378 .720
NYY (3 yrs) 340 1162 971 167 255 48 2 27 130 41 154 164 .263 .366 .400 .766
TEX (2 yrs) 146 511 450 72 120 28 1 11 58 10 51 92 .267 .342 .407 .749
DET (2 yrs) 248 1136 986 161 262 49 4 31 104 43 123 166 .266 .348 .418 .766
LAD (1 yr) 43 121 104 20 22 5 0 2 9 2 17 15 .212 .322 .317 .640
CLE (1 yr) 22 36 29 8 6 1 0 3 5 0 7 10 .207 .361 .552 .913
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/6/2013.