This afternoon I’m working on a column for tomorrow’s paper about Curtis Granderson, who saw the highs and lows of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry all during his first game. Granderson homered in his first at-bat as a Yankee (joining Cody Ransom and Marcus Thames, among others, in the club of players who have done that) and made a jumping catch in center field on a rocket from Adrian Beltre, but also couldn’t come up with a big hit against a left-hander and made the final out of the game with the Yankees down two runs.
Afterward Granderson was asked plenty of questions about his homer off Josh Beckett, but said the ninth-inning groundout against Jonathan Papelbon “will be the one that’s going to be remembered” because ultimately all that matters is what happens to the team.
“We want to be victorious,” Granderson said. “No matter what you did out there, at the end of the day, it’s going to be, ‘What did the Yankees do?’ Not, ‘What did Curtis Granderson do?’ And we lost today. I had a chance to keep the inning going, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get it done.”
Granderson is a very measured guy who tries to give thoughtful answers. Check out his interview below.