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Curtis Granderson wears ‘Thank You Jackie’ cleats on Jackie Robinson Day (Photo)

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Jackie Robinson Day is among the more special dates on Major League Baseball’s calendar.

Each player wearing uniform No. 42 has become synonymous with April 15. So have special patches on the sleeves of jerseys and ceremonies held at ballparks across the country.

On the day set aside to celebrate the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson, many players honor the man who broke baseball’s color barrier in their own way. Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets is among them.

Granderson, who left Monday’s game early after colliding with the outfield wall, is not in the team’s lineup on Tuesday. He will, however, be wearing the above pictured shoes with a message that will be a shared sentiment throughout the day.

Photo via Twitter/MarcCarig

Curtis Granderson angry after fan touches him; fan ejected (Video)

One Los Angeles Angels fan crossed the line on Friday night by reaching out to touch Curtis Granderson after the New York Mets outfielder made a play by the right field line, leading to the fan’s ejection.

Granderson was running down a fly ball out by J.B. Shuck in the bottom of the eighth and made the play by the right field foul pole. His momentum took him close to the wall, and as he spun around to throw the ball back to the infield, a fan reached out and touched his shoulder.

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Granderson, who is typically very fan friendly, wheeled around immediately and let the fan have it. You could tell the fan was somewhat apologetic and backed off quickly, but a security guard came over anyway.

The Angels later confirmed that the fan was ejected.

I have no problem with what Granderson did. He was reacting based on instinct and of course was worried. You don’t want anyone touching your shoulder when you’re trying to throw the ball; one false move and you’re looking at a serious injury.

Curtis Granderson patted down the first baseman like he was doing a full body cavity search (GIF)

Curtis Granderson Scott MooreCurtis Granderson got a little carried away with things when he patted down first baseman Scott Moore during a spring training game Friday between the Mets and Cardinals. He had his hands in, over and around Moore’s behind.

What can we say? Granderson is just a little friendlier than your average player. Too bad Doug Fister couldn’t get in on the action.

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Curtis Granderson: ‘Real New Yorkers are Mets fans’

curtis-grandersonCurtis Granderson wasted no time getting New York Yankees fans to turn on him when he was formally introduced as a member of the New York Mets on Tuesday. Granderson, who belted 184 home runs during his four seasons with the Yankees, signed a four-year, $60 million deal with the Empire State’s other team last week. He seems pretty excited about it.

“A lot of people have told me real New Yorkers are Mets fans,” Granderson said during his introductory press conference, according to Hardball Talk.

That’s not going to go over well in the Bronx, and I’m sure the Yankees’ faithful will let Granderson hear about it during interleague play.

I’ll admit, I’ve been saying the same thing for years. It’s one thing to be a dedicated Yankees fan who has lived and breathed pinstripes your entire life, but we all know there are plenty of fair-weather fans who root for the Yanks because it’s the trendy thing to do. The Yankees have won 27 World Series titles. The Mets have won two, with the last one coming in 1986.

Bottom line: It’s a lot easier to be a Yankees fan than it is to be a Mets fan. If you haven’t converted to the other side of the subway after all of these years of heartache and suffering, you truly are a diehard fan. That’s likely what Granderson was referring to. We’ll see if he’s still praising Mets fans when his 30-50 team is being booed come June.

Curtis Granderson signs four-year deal worth $60 million with New York Mets

curtis-grandersonOutfielder Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets agreed today on a four-year deal worth $60 million, according to published reports.

Injuries limited Granderson to only seven home runs and 15 RBIs in 61 games and 214 at-bats last season with the New York Yankees, but his two prior seasons were his best. In 2012, Granderson hit a career-high 43 home runs and drove in 106 RBIs. He drove in a career-high 119 runs with 41 home runs in 2011. He also scored 136 runs in 2011, tops in his 10-year career. Granderson, 32, spent the past four seasons with the Yankees after playing the previous six with the Detroit Tigers.

His departure means the Yankees have lost two high-profile players in one day. Former second baseman Robinson Cano inked a deal with the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

Yankees reportedly sending Curtis Granderson to eye doctor

The Yankees reportedly are planning to send center fielder Curtis Granderson to an eye specialist this offseason over concerns that his vision may have worsened.

The New York Daily News says Granderson learned he had 20/30 vision — slightly worse than the standard 20/20 vision — after being traded to the Yankees in 2010. He began wearing contact lenses that season, though it is unclear if he has worn them since.

The Yankees reportedly gives all its players physicals in the spring — including vision exams — but they failed to recheck Granderson during the season. The Daily News reports that some within the organization believe that Granderson’s vision has worsened, leading to his struggles at the plate.

Granderson hit a career-worst .232 this season and struck out a career-high 195 times. He did, however, slug a career-best 42 home runs, so one could argue that he sacrificed contact for an increase in power.

After going 3-for-30 (.100) in the postseason with 16 strikeouts, and getting a bad read on balls in center, the Yanks suspect his vision may have worsened.

As someone who began having vision problems as a youth, I can tell you that my eyesight worsened each year and I had to get new prescriptions lenses annually. It was particularly hard to see the ball at night when I played — both out of the pitcher’s hand, and off the bat. I wouldn’t be surprised if Granderson’s vision has gotten worse, and it’s probably a good idea to have his eyes checked again.

Curtis Granderson didn’t know he was one homer behind Miguel Cabrera when he asked for pinch-hitter

Over the last couple games of the season, the only real threat to Miguel Cabrera winning the Triple Crown came in the home run category. Josh Hamilton was only one home run behind Cabrera, and Curtis Granderson nearly caught him. The Yankees slugger finished the season with 43 home runs — one behind Cabrera’s 44. Cabrera became the first Triple Crown winner since 1967 when the season ended Wednesday night, but did he get a little help from Granderson along the way?

With the Yankees blowing out the Red Sox and on their way to clinching the AL East title, Granderson asked manager Joe Girardi if rookie Melky Mesa could pinch-hit for him in the seventh inning. He had already homered twice in the game.

“It’s funny, because (Wednesday afternoon) I had pre-taped a video to congratulate Miguel (on winning the Triple Crown),” Granderson said after the game according to Eye on Baseball.

When Granderson was removed from the game, C.C. Sabathia asked him about being one homer behind Cabrera. Sabathia and Granderson both insist Curtis legitimately was unaware of that and was simply trying to give a rookie an at-bat. When asked what would have happened if he did come to the plate, Granderson had the following to say.

“What would have happened?” he asked reporters. “How would it have been perceived? That would have been a weird moment for me.”

The important thing to note is that even if Cabrera and Granderson tied for the AL lead with 44 homers, Cabrera still would have won the Triple Crown. Granderson would have had to surpass his home run total to prevent him from accomplishing the feat, and it’s unlikely he would have gotten up again after the seventh let alone homered both times. If the Yankees center fielder did know, he will never say. But I wouldn’t blame him for stepping aside and making sure Cabrera was the clear-cut Triple Crown winner even if he did.