LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Oh, no he didn't.
During his official introduction as a new New York Mets player Tuesday afternoon at baseball's winter meetings, Curtis Granderson stuck a metaphorical knife in the backs of New York Yankees fans. In saying he was looking forward to the challenge of Citi Field, reputed to be much less hitter-friendly than Yankee Stadium, Granderson drifted into another perceived difference between his old and his new franchise:
"I'm looking forward to getting out there, and one, playing defense, two, hitting the baseball, seeing where it's going to bounce around, getting a chance to run and seeing some great fans come out there," Granderson said.
"A lot of the people I've met in New York have always said true New Yorkers are Mets fans. So I'm excited to get a chance to see them all out there."
Just to repeat: "... true New Yorkers are Mets fans."
Taking thumb out of cheek, let's take him earnestly for a moment. Is he right? It's impossible for a non-New Yorker to answer. Granderson's comments bring up more questions than answers:
• What's a "true New Yorker"? Does he mean cabbies?
• What is "a lot of people"? All of the people Granderson has shared a cab with?
• Assuming we can define "true New Yorker," what makes the Mets more attractive?
• Both teams are family owned, but is it because the Yankees are too corporate? New York Yankee Steaks. What is that?
• Have the Yankees won "too much"? Twenty championships is great, but is 27 or 28 overkill?
• Is it because of Mr. Met? The Yankees have no mascot, and even if they did, could it compete?
There probably are no real consequences to this, other than riling up some fans who allow themselves to be riled. Others might be amused. A great deal many won't care. But it's funny to have Granderson, a nice guy who doesn't say a lot of controversial stuff, setting off a verbal flare. Presumably, he's just trying to put Mets fans in his corner. That'll happen anyway if he hits like he can, invests his money well and the Mets win more games. This just adds a little of fun to interleague play. And hey, if the Mets get back to the World Series during Grandy's contract and it happens to be a Subway Series against the Yanks, this could come back to "haunt" Granderson.
He'd probably be ecstatic if it did.
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