Curtis Granderson has hit 108 home runs in his three years with the Yankees. He’s been an all-star twice, led the league in RBI once and reached a new career high in strikeouts. In some ways, he’s been more than the Yankees could have hoped. In other ways, he’s been less.
“It’s interesting to know that (free agency)’s coming,” Granderson told Ken Davidoff yesterday. “It’s amazing just to look back and where I’ve been, where I’m at right now, and know that time is approaching. I’m excited for it. It’s definitely going to be a challenge, something I’ve never had to deal with. But I’ll just get ready for it and accept all of the changes and challenges that come with it.”
Granderson is in the final year of his affordable contract, and he has no expectation of signing an extension. In his words, signing extensions “typically isn’t (the Yankees) M.O.” And so Granderson prepares for one more pinstriped season, knowing very well that it could be his last.
“I’m just excited to play this year,” he said. “And then, once we get to the end, we’ll take it at that point.”
Granderson talked to Davidoff in Staten Island, where Granderson was donating school supplies to kids affected by Hurricane Sandy. Over at MLB.com there’s a video of Granderson touring the affected areas and giving away backpacks.
“I remember back-to-school shopping with my parents, and that was one of the most exciting days of the year for me to get my school supplies and come in,” Granderson said. “And unfortunately, a lot of these kids lost some of that due to Hurricane Sandy, so the fact that we could come in and help pick right back up and get those kids back focused on school where they can have fun, be with their friends and learn about the things they enjoy, today was a great day for me.”
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