Curtis Granderson
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"Curtis Granderson, Jr." is an American professional baseball outfielder for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has played in MLB for the Detroit Tigers (2004–2009) and the New York Yankees (2010–2013).

Granderson played college baseball at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and was selected by the Tigers in the 2002 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut with the Tigers in 2004, and signed a contract extension with Detroit in 2008. After the 2009 season, he was traded to the Yankees. After his contract expired following the 2013 season, he signed a contract with the Mets.

Granderson is a three-time Major League Baseball All-Star Game/MLB All-Star (2009, 2011–2012). He won the Silver Slugger Award in 2011. Off the field, Granderson is recognized for his commitment to the community through outreach and charity work. Many of his charitable endeavors support inner city/inner-city children. He has also served as an ambassador for MLB abroad. Granderson won the Players Choice Award#The Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award/Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award in 2009 for his on-field performance and contributions in the community.

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It's a Nintendo-type number. You get on there, you make one of the top hitters on the game and you just seem to not get out. That's what going on right now.

Either one of us is going to be happy to see one of us playing. We always talk to each other about how to make each other better. We are constantly bouncing ideas off each other.

When I saw him jump for it and it kicked away, I just put my head down. I kept on going, hoping there wasn't going to be a play at the plate.

It was a good thing that I always had to go somewhere today. You were pulled here, pulled there. It was either an interview with someone, or TV, or it was time to stretch, or get to the batting cage.

He and I didn't see this coming.

We were starting to talk about where are we going to live in Detroit, how we need to pack this stuff up -- almost as if we were both going to do this. That part definitely adds to the disappointment.

I think coming up where I was drafted, I kind of automatically had a spot secured no matter how good or bad I did. Right or wrong, it's kind of the way the game works. But now to come in and compete first to make the team and then from there to try to get a starting spot, that's probably the most [competition] I've ever had at any level.

Some people could say, well, he's been away from the game and the game has changed. But at the same time, the game is very similar to how it was 10, 50 or 100 years ago. So whatever he did that was successful then still carries over now. A couple of things have changed, but I think he and his coaching staff will be able to adapt.

We didn't' give 'em enough to scream about.