This is what Joe Girardi said about Curtis Granderson on Tuesday night:
“I think his swing is coming. I think you’re starting to see him drive some baseballs, and that’s a good sign. He didn’t have a normal spring training for him, but I think he’s getting closer, and I think he’s about ready to take off.”
This is what Granderson did on Wednesday night: 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, two-runs scored and a batting average that rose nearly 100 points in the span of nine innings.
“It’s just a matter of getting comfortable and getting timing right and getting in a rhythm and going from there,” Granderson said. “It’s one of those baseball things. You can’t really pinpoint it exactly. It’s just going to end up happening one day. Could be one swing. Could be one at-bat. Could be one day.”
The Yankees season might be almost two months old, but Granderson has played only seven games. Those games weren’t going particularly well until last night, when he finally got his first extra-base hit (the third-inning double), his first home run and his first RBI. The Yankees are banking on Granderson providing some middle-of-the-order pop, and he finally showed it last night.
“It’s a result oriented game, so you always want to see that stuff,” Granderson said. “At the same time, the feel is the most important thing. Whenever you do get the feel, then you’re in a better situation to get the results that you want. That’s what I’m still working on right now, just getting that feel.”
Granderson said he feels no pain in his forearm, playing all three outfield positions hasn’t affected him — “It’s not anything foreign. It’s not anything more exciting or less exciting,” he said — and he hasn’t been bothered by moving up and down the lineup. The biggest thing was getting healthy, getting into his routine, and trusting that the production would come.
“It’s just like the opening week of the season for me,” Granderson said. “… If I had 100 home runs right now, I’d be no different. It’s just part of the beginning of the season. You’ve got to get through it, and things are going to go ahead and change and even themselves out after you get into the next week, and then the next month, and into the halfway point and then toward the end of the season. I would expect things to go ahead and even themselves out. No matter what you end up doing, you’re not going to stay on pace like that. If you had zero hits or a thousand hits, things aren’t going to stay that way.”
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