Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Yankees have something to aim for

I wonder if Curtis Granderson is the jealous type. If he is, that could work in the New York Yankees favor.

Granderson, Randy Winn and Marcus Thames all had to sit and watch as their teammates received shiny new rings commemorating their World Series championship. Being part of that ceremony was such an honor and thrill for the players on that 2009 team that Jerry Hairston Jr. flew across the country on his day off to receive his ring in person.

But the newbies were on the outside looking in, imagining how it felt to walk out on that field with a screaming crowd chanting their names as they accepted their rings. They will experience that thrill for themselves next year if they can help the Yankees successfully defend their title.

Of the three of them, Granderson is in the best position to make an impact on the Yankees. So far, he's off to a good start, making some nice plays in centerfield and contributing with his bat in the lower half of the order, which is picking up some of the slack from slow starts by Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez.

If I were Granderson or his fellow new teammates, I’d be salivating at the opportunity to get some of that bling. Sometimes a little jealously doesn’t hurt.

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