Granderson, now starring with the New York Yankees, hit a home run with the bases full in the second inning, propelling the Yankees to a five-run frame and leading New York to a 9-4 win Friday over Detroit at Comerica Park.
However, despite going yard with three men on, I couldn't help but laugh a little as I watched the ball sail over the wall, as Granderson continues to be a player I follow closely. He was a class act while with Detroit. Although he ruined Tigers pitcher Casey Crosby's major-league debut, seeing Granderson have success never gets old.
But Granderson hasn't been the only ex-Detroiter to score big against the Tigers. Remember Brandon Inge, Detroit's former secondbasemen? He hit a four-run shot against Detroit as a member of the Oakland A's just days after being traded.
Inge proved that a change of scenery would eventually spark his bat, even if temporarily. He had one of the best weeks I can remember a hitter having with a 16-RBI outburst from May 6-11 -- with eight of those runs coming against Detroit in a two-game span.
During this uncertain time for the Tigers, I suppose it's a bit odd to wish success on former players. But Granderson and Inge will always be remembered in Detroit. However, most Tigers followers would like to see their bats cool down when they take on their former club.
Granderson, an American League MVP candidate in 2011, has had his way with Detroit this season, hitting an impressive .375 with three home runs and eight RBI. That's just how it goes, I suppose.
Adam Biggers has followed Major League Baseball for over 20 years, specifically the Detroit Tigers. He can be found on Twitter @AdamBiggers81.
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