Most fans knew of Jack Curry when he was a national baseball correspondent for the New York Times. It was his transition to the YES Network in 2010 where he became a trusted voice to Yankees fans with his honest analysis of The Bronx Bombers on both the pre-game and post-game broadcasts. Get to know Jack better as we ask him 10 Questions in Quarantine.
While stuck in quarantine, if you could only watch three movies, which three would you pick?
Field of Dreams- I miss baseball so this would help me fill that void.
Shawshank Redemption- I want to think and this is a thoughtful and thought-provoking movie.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles- I want to laugh and I laugh throughout this movie. John Candy and Steve Martin are hilarious.
What is your favorite TV show of all-time?
The Twilight Zone- I wasn’t even born when this show aired, but, decades ago, I became addicted to it. Rod Serling was a genius and this show was way ahead of its time.
Honorable mention: MASH, All in the Family, The Honeymooners, The Sopranos.
What is the best concert you have ever attended?
This is my favorite question on your list. My favorite concert was The Clash at Bond’s Casino in 1981. I was 16 years and I actually attended two of the 17 shows that The Clash played at this venue in Times Square. Toward the end of one of the shows, my brother and I climbed on stage. The band had just dispersed so no one stopped us, but I can always tell people I shared a stage with The Clash. Anyone who follows me on twitter can probably detect that The Clash is my favorite band of all-time.
What is your favorite meal?
Chicken parmigiana. Pamela, my wife, actually made it for me on Sunday and it’s been the ‘eating’ highlight of our quarantining. Once we all return to some sense of normalcy, I look forward to ordering this dish again at Louie’s on the Avenue in Pearl River. Great dish at a great restaurant.
What was your first part time job?
As a 13-year old, I had a paper route in Jersey City. I delivered 106 Jersey Journals on Bleecker Street. That’s the street where I grew up, so I knew most of the people. It was a cool way to earn about $30 a week.
Did you have a hidden talent you’d like to tell the readers about? If not, what is your favorite hobby?
I can juggle, but that’s not much of a talent. I’ve always wanted to be able to juggle while riding a unicycle (which would make me a candidate to get some freelance gigs at parties). But I’ve never mastered the unicycle part. In fact, I’ve never even been on a unicycle.
As far as hobbies go, I love to run. I became an avid runner about 25 years ago and I find great comfort and great solace in running. I’ve run two marathons, including the NYC marathon.
What is your favorite sports moment as a fan?
I would pick the 1980 US hockey team’s upset of Russia and eventual winning of the gold medal. At that time, my friends and I played on a street hockey team in Jersey City and we were obsessed with that team. I remember how thrilled and excited we all were with that stunning upset.
If you weren’t covering baseball, what do you think your career would be?
This is a great question. Since I was in the seventh grade, I knew I wanted to be a sports journalist, so I focused all my energies on making that happen. If my life hadn’t turned into me being a sports reporter at the NY Times and then a baseball announcer at the YES Network, I think I would have still tried to stay close to these interests. I would have probably tried to teach journalism while also coaching baseball at a high school.
If there was one MLB player that you never had the chance to interview, past or present, who would you choose?
Jackie Robinson. I would like to ask him exactly what it was like to endure what he endured before he became the first African-American player in MLB in 1947. Don Zimmer, his teammate, once told David Cone that the movie ’42’ didn’t reflect just how harsh and vicious people were toward Jackie. He’s an American hero and someone I wish I had interviewed.
Out of all the games you have covered, is there one that is most memorable to you?
I could pick a lot of games, but I will go with the clinching game of the 1996 world series. I started covering the Yankees in 1991 and they had a few lean years before they turned it around. It had also been almost 20 years since they’d won a championship, so those memories are vivid. When Charlie Hayes made that catch in foul territory, the stadium shook so much that it felt as if the press box was going to detach. It was a wild night.
You can follow Jack on Twitter @JackCurryYES
Stay tuned to our "Questions in Quarantine" as we have some great interviews being published throughout the next week!