Curtis 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.