Saying he is “extraordinarily happy,” Sandy Alderson formally introduced Curtis Granderson as a New York Met Tuesday morning.
Granderson was very diplomatic in all of his answers in the brief, 10-minute news conference at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, but he did add some fuel to the Mets-Yankees rivalry when he said he’s heard that “true New Yorkers are Mets fans, so I’m excited to see them.”
Curtis Granderson used the word “excited” several times, praising the Mets organization perhaps more than it actually deserves. He even called it “prideful” at one point. He’s been busy in The Bronx the past few years, apparently.
Granderson, who will wear number three, said David Wright was very influential in the recruiting process.
“David Wright was very important in that. He was one of the first person to contact me through text… I’m excited to get a chance to play with him.”
Granderson almost seemed like a politician at a debate, skirting questions he really did not want to answer. For example, when asked if the fourth year on the $60 million contract was “make or break” for him, Granderson did not really answer, instead talking how great the organization is and how happy he is that they made the commitment to him.
Aldeson called Curtis Granderson a “true professional,” which certainly was the case at his debut news conference. He will be a go-to guy for post-game comments, which will take some of the pressure off of Wright, who is basically a spokesman for the team.
Granderson looks like he will be a great teammate, so if he can keep his production up, this could be an excellent signing both on and off the field.