Yankees broadcaster Jack Curry revealed in a video posted to Twitter on Sunday that he missed the first two rounds of the 2020 MLB playoffs due to contracting the coronavirus.
The YES Network analyst warned his 111,000-plus followers to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously.
“Hey everyone, if the Yankees had made it to the ALCS I would’ve been back to work tonight with my talented YES Network colleagues,” he said. But of course, we know that did not happen. Still, I wanted to make this video to respond to several of you who inquired about my absence during the first two rounds of the playoffs.
“Unfortunately, after the regular season ended I tested positive for the coronavirus, it was a scary and surreal time. But I’m happy to report that I’m feeling a lot better. I want to thank everyone at the YES Network for the tremendous support that I received, it was a daily barrage of text messages, emails, phone calls, it was overwhelming, it was very meaningful and I very much appreciate it.”
YES commentators were placed in separated rooms at Yankee Stadium during broadcasts, while Paul O’Neill worked from home.
The 55-year-old Curry, who works the Yankees’ pregame and postgame shows, has been with YES Network since 2010. He was part of YES’s Emmy Award-winning Yankee coverage in 2011 and is also a columnist for the network’s website.
“I want to thank all of you who reached out and asked me how I was doing,” Curry said. “Stay safe, be smart, I sure took all the precautions plus 100 more and this virus still found me. I’m very much looking forward to being back talking baseball.”
The Yankees were eliminated by the Rays last week in the ALDS.