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Turn left!

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 02, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Curtis Granderson has weighed in on today’s trip to the arcade, and he offered this gem of a story.

“The highlight had to be watching Igawa race on the Indy Car,” Granderson said. “He kept racing up against the wall and damaging his tires. He wouldn’t move off of it. He had his left hand on the wheel and he was just cruising like nothing was wrong. He was doing that for a good three minutes. Everyone was shouting, ‘Turn left! Turn left!’”

I understand why Yankee fans are disappointed in Igawa — and believe me, he understood that the wins record for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was a dubious honor — but the guy is hilarious. Once he got comfortable in the Triple-A clubhouse, he was a riot.

Granderson said he’d never done anything like this with Detroit. He would lift with minor leaguers, but never something this big, and never something that wasn’t work related. Before going against Andy Pettitte in Pop-A-Shot, Granderson said he and Pettitte had a long conversation that had nothing to do with baseball, just getting to know one another. Joe Girardi encouraged the players to hang out with teammates they didn’t know very well.

“I thought it was a great idea to get a bunch of guys coming from different sides, whether it’s their first big-league camp, guys that were acquired through trade or free agency and guys that had been there,” Granderson said. “For everybody to get a chance to meet up and see everyone outside of the intense training baseball mode, we can see that everybody does laugh and have fun. We’re all big kids.”

How did Granderson do?

“I struggled in my first round of Pop-a-Shot when it counted on the bracket,” he said. “When we came back for a side competition, that’s when I dominated… Skee ball was difficult. I used to be good at Skee ball, but I was really disappointed at myself for my performance. I’ll need to go back and figure out this Skee ball machine compared to the ones I used to play.”

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