He Was “The Grandy Man” In New York
Curtis Granderson called it a career Friday. Those who know the seven-team, 38-year old All-Star, are in agreement. Curtis Granderson, the good guy is bound to be seen around the game in some capacity.
There will be baseball in some capacity for the veteran of 16 years.
Basically, the three-time All- Star, has more to offer and most baseball personnel feel the same way. The familiarity was New York and Granderson, and that connection was here playing with the Yankees and Mets
The “Grandy Man” as known, is suited for another role. Broadcast booth, advisor to an upper office, a commitment to helping kids in the community who play the game, are possible.
You see, Curtis Granderson was that baseball player, easily a fan favorite. Good teammate in the clubhouse, and media friendly leaves little room to debate.
You could always get the proper quote from Curtis Granderson, all you have to do is ask those who covered him on the New York baseball beat.
We were patient. Curtis Granderson may have been the last to leave the clubhouse in the bowels of Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, and the deadline pressure to get the story did not matter.
No, because, deadline was thrown out the door. We needed those quotes, the knowledge, and analysis before he exited the clubhouse door.
The baseball fraternity, at times with huge egos, and that was not a trait of Curtis Granderson. And a transition from player to broadcaster, in the studio or booth, will be easy with some prior experience working postseason games for TBS or ESPN.
That first time in New York, four seasons with the Yankees, Granderson, made that impact as a leader in the clubhouse. The trade to the Yankees, more about a three team-trade, Max Scherzer, going to the Diamondbacks from the Tigers.
He was that All-Star, and with the Mets, one of their high profiled free agents who also became that veteran and leader in the clubhouse.
One of those postseason runs, 2015, was memorable. Granderson, in his second World Series, helped the Mets as they came up short to the Royals.
In essence, Granderson was the team player. He would strike casual conversation and cared about the well being of 24 others in that room they call the clubhouse.
“Purely a good guy,”: Carlos Torres said.
Torres, was a part of that Mets pitching staff in 2015, a key cog of the championship run out of the bullpen. The manager then, Terry Collins, relied on his bullpen.
Spot starter, long relief, closer, Torres would have his moments. The bad moments, and there was Curtis Granderson by his side in the dugout.
“As a guy period, he was a phenomenal man and teammate,” Torres said from his home in Kansas. “Someone who would help a rookie or veteran equally.”
He added, “Curtis was well spoken and would talk baseball as much as complex social economical issues just as casual conversation.”
Granderson, in his career played 2,057 games. He totaled 1.800 hits, 344 home runs, 154 stolen bases. 937 RBI and 1,217 runs scored, and with 95 triples was the Major League active leader,
A career with the Tigers, Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Brewers and Marlins, does not have Hall of Fame numbers.
Most Valuable Player to baseball and the community, that was Curtis Granderson. And his commitment to kids, that continues with the “Grand Kids Foundation.”
“I had a girlfriend years ago from Chicago,” Torres said. “She actually asked me to thank Curtis because he donated millions to schools in Chicago.”
No, we have not seen the last of Curtis Granderson.
“Thank you to Major League Baseball, MLBPA (Major League Baseball Players Association), my teammates and coaches, front office staff, members of the media, partners, and the fans for the ride of a lifetime,” Granderson said in a statement.
And we can say, from a distance or personal standpoint: Thank You Curtis Granderson!
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