Since I was first traded to the Yankees back in November, a lot of the discussion from the media and fans was how I was going to adapt to New York media, the fans here and my new teammates. I believe that transition has gone smooth so far, but the one change not many have mentioned is the off-the-field transition. I'm planning on spending a lot of time blogging about that this season.
Finding a place in New York isn't exactly like getting a place in the Detroit area. There are so many more options, and so many other things I need to consider here. Those who have read my blog the past few years know that I'm not a wasteful spender, which is why one of the toughest decisions for me was parking. Do I keep a car in the city and pay extra to park in a garage or do I just take a cab every day to the field? Which would be cheaper and more convenient? I've seen the traffic here, and I'm not sure I really want to drive in it on a regular basis. Plus, driving my own car would give me less chances to find the Cash Cab!
I've found that there are options for pretty much everyone living-wise in New York, though. Buildings with or without doormen, with or without elevators and so on. Some even have full fitness centers, community gardens and other amazing amenities. Obviously the price fluctuates based on what you want in your building.
I also love to eat, so finding my go-to restaurants is going to take some time. I've had a few good meals already and found a couple of good spots that will deliver, which is convenient. But there are so many food options in New York, and it seems like every one of them has the name "Original" or "Famous" in its name. I'm looking forward to testing that out.
The other night after our day game I had to go buy everything for my kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. While there are a million shops and restaurants in the city, I had to go to the Bronx to get to a Target that's pretty close to Yankee Stadium. I think I was able to get everything I needed to get through the year, though I am holding out hope that Martha Stewart would send me over some baked goods after reading her tweets about me this week. Maybe it would've helped to just have given her my batting gloves.
The people in New York have been very warm and welcoming, and I want to thank all of them for helping to make this a smooth transition for me. Now that the season is two weeks old, I already feel like it is home ... just in time for us to go on a 10-day road trip.
One more item — I want to congratulate Ubaldo Jimenez(notes) for throwing the first no-hitter in Rockies history the other day. I was able to be a part of Justin Verlander's(notes) no-hitter in 2007 and CC Sabathia(notes) came close recently. That is a special achievement and as a player, it is so exciting to watch. On the inside, we are cheering just as loud as the fans are because we want to see history made, unless you're playing for the opposing team obviously. It is the unknown elements of this game that make it so much fun to watch and play.
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Curtis Granderson plays for the New York Yankees and his blog will appear regularly on Yahoo! Sports' Big League Stew during the 2010 season. Make sure to check out and support his Grand Kids Foundation.
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