Monday, January 25, 2010

NY will love Granderson, will he love NY?

Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press outlines the reasons why New York will love Curtis Granderson. Even during his introductory press conference, you could tell Granderson is a charming and engaging guy, which will go a long way in winning over the New York fans and the media.

Granderson is also well known for being a good guy in the clubhouse and in the community. Team chemistry was critical to the New York Yankees' successful title run last year and Granderson will be a great addition if he can contribute to that fun, positive vibe. And with his community service, he fits right in with a Yankees team led by Captain Derek Jeter, who has made it a personal mission to keep kids away from drugs and alcohol.

But will Granderson love New York? Yankee fans are notoriously brutal on new players. Even Tino Martinez, who is now beloved by Yankee fans, was booed viciously after replacing icon Don Mattingly. And Granderson will not be the center of attention on a baseball team with Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, among other stars. Many players would welcome that: we'll see if Granderson falls into that category.

As long as Granderson doesn't put too much pressure on himself and is not terrible sensitive to criticism, which will come quickly if he struggles early in the season, then he should be welcomed with open arms.

Thanks to TheKuLeR via en.Wikipedia for the photo.

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