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In a rather amusing piece on The Times’ Bats blog, Jack Curry details how he broke the uniform news to Paul O’Neill. When told that someone new would be wearing 21, Paul handled himself quite diplomatically. He ran into the dugout and chucked his bat, batting gloves, helmet and the Gatorade cooler onto the field. Wait. Just kidding. In reality, he cautioned against expecting one’s number to be retired. “You don’t ever take anything like that for granted,” he said.

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While the official list of non-roster invitees doesn’t reflect the latest news, PeteAbe notes that Morgan Ensberg will get the long-dormant number 21. I always thought the Yanks would retire O’Neill’s number, and Mike and I wonder if Ensberg would hear boos for daring to wear it. The only numbers not assigned to players in camp this year are 6, 51, 69, 98 and 99. Two of those are sure to be retired, and one is just plain funny.

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