A Dozen Things to Know About Curtis Granderson
Here are twelve things you may not know about the Mets latest addition, outfielder Curtis Granderson:
1) He was born and raised in the greater Chicago area, and attended the University of Illinois-Chicago, earning a double major in Business Administration and Business Marketing. Both of his parents were teachers.
2) He was the Tigers 3rd-round pick of the 2002 amateur draft.
3) Granderson shares a birthday (March 16) with baseball Hall of Famer Lloyd Waner.
4) Born in 1981, Granderson was five-years old when the Mets last won a World’s Championship.
5) He began swinging a bat from the left-hand side at the age of two-years old.
6) His favorite player as a kid growing up was Ken Griffey, Jr.
7) Granderson has made a total of just 18 errors in his entire career as an outfielder. His .994 career fielding percentage is 8th best all-time among center-fielders.
8) Playing for the Tigers in 2007, he became the 4th player in MLB history to enjoy a 20-20-20-20 season, finishing the year with 38 doubles, 23 triples (which led the league), 23 homers and 26 stolen bases (in 27 attempts.)
9) In 2008, in a career high 710 plate appearances, he hit into just one double-play all season.
10) In 2011, Granderson became the fifth Yankee to lead the A.L. in both Runs Scored and RBI in the same year.
11) Pretty durable until last year’s freak injuries, he’d averaged 153 games played per year over the previous seven seasons.
12) In honor of the old Negro Leagues, Granderson is one of the few players who wear his socks high.