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Curtis Granderson: “A lot of people have told me real New Yorkers are Mets fans”

Dec 10, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT


Curtis Granderson was just formally introduced as the newest New York Met. And, having just left the employ of the New York Yankees, lobbed a bomb that you know the tabloids are going to run with like crazy:

“A lot of people have told me real New Yorkers are Mets fans”

Granderson is smart and funny and knows what he’s doing, and personally I think this is great fun. That won’t stop it from angering some folks, I assume. And of course it should play well next Subway Series.

Welcome to Queens, Curtis.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    I look forward to the comments from the fans of “The Dark Side”.

    • tmarlin1221 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      all 8 of the mets fans are real new yorkers…including madoff who bamboozled the mets out of millions. Nothing wrong w/that.

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        just like Loria bamboozled all the tax payers for that
        shiny new stadium that is usually 25% filled.
        nothing wrong with that either.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      It just occurred to me that The Bronx Bombers play on the mainland; however, most New Yorkers live on an island. The Mets play on one of the 3 major islands.

  2. bigjimatch - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    That is not what he said. he said that people have told him real New Yorkers are mets fan. Stop trying to create controversy.

    • kruegere - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      That is exactly what the headline says.

      • bigjimatch - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        That is what it says now. The headline and quote were both changed after my comment. Originally, the quote left off the “A lot of people have told me” part, making look like Granderson was making that statement, not relaying what others have told him.

  3. djpostl - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Lol, I was prepared to just wish him well…

    Go ahead and enjoy your time with the Debts Curtis. We’re so glad we don’t have to wathc you fall into an 0-2 count 20% of the time as you K 33% of your ABs.

    And don’t get me started on all the bad reads and horrible first steps you take in CF.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      The Empire is beginning to strike back.

    • yahmule - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM


  4. dondada10 - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    I’m a die-hard Mets fan who was born and raised in the Bronx (Woodlawn). That being said, I’m not sure what Curtis is basing this on other than being high on his new contract.

    • bigharold - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      I think he’s just having fun with it. I wouldn’t read too much into it.

      You will like Granderson. Yeah he strikes out a bunch but he hit his share of HRs too. And, aside from being much better defensively than his detractors would have you believe, .. he doesn’t wilt in big moments, he’s a good teammate/clubhouse presence that is actually fairly interesting to listen to when interviewed. He’s intelligent, well spoken and usually funny, .. like the comments above. Anybody that would let that remark bother them needs to take a minute to “unwad” their panties.

      The Mets very likely got a good signing with Granderson. I’ll miss him and still don’t understand why he wasn’t a better option than Beltran considering the average salary/yr, age, general health and ability to play defense.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      Where’ve you been?

      I love Grandy. He’s fun. bigharold is right that he’ll be good for you. He almost robbed Miggy of his Triple Crown…

      • dondada10 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

        I’ve been wondering the same about you.

        But I’ll admit, grad school and basketball season has kept me from any free time.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        I’ve been laying low from the trolls. They’ve gotten terrible the last few months. Sheesh.

        Back to the books, mister!

      • dondada10 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        Excited about Kinsler?

      • historiophiliac - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

        NO! I know he’s better than Infante, but I’m not a big fan of his. Plus, I love, love, love Fielder. I’m heartbroken like Miggy. I just don’t understand what they are doing. It’s like their moving pieces around but I’m not sure we’re better.

        BTW, I still miss Grandy a little. He’s a good personality. He will be good for you all.

  5. xdj511 - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    “I am proud to be playing for the greatest franchise in baseball, the (looks down at jersey) New York Mets.”

    • djdvd - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      I think you forgot the question mark behind Mets that probably popped out of his speech when his brain processed what just happened

  6. chacochicken - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Real New Amsterdammers love the Mets.

    • xdj511 - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Even old New York was once New Amsterdam. Why’d they change it, I can’t say. Maybe they liked it better that way.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Can’t thumbs this up enough, TMBG!

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        Zdj, the British invaded New Amsterdam in 1664 and took over from the Dutch, and the name was changed the next year in honor of the Duke of York, later King James II. Now bow/curtsy you commoners.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Please, “Knickerbockers” or “Gothamites” — this is America.

      • chacochicken - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        Umm, I pretty sure those are both copyrighted. Humans of New York.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        How could they be copyrighted? Washington Irving is dead…and not in the Rip Van Winkle way.

  7. hustleandflomax - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Take it easy there, Yanks fans–I think he’s just pandering to his new fanbase.

  8. lazlosother - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    As a Yanks fan I was going to get really steamed about this, but then I remembered that it doesn’t matter. Aslo I live in Iowa.

    • dluxxx - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Yeah, too busy cheering for the Cowboys and Lakers right now to be worried about the Yankees, right?

      • lazlosother - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        I live in Iowa, I wasn’t born here.

      • kruegere - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        Might be a Seahawks fan this year.

      • dcarroll73 - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        Hey lazlosother, I liked your comment, “I live in Iowa, I wasn’t born here.” Sort of the other side of the quote from a great man, “No, I’m from Iowa. I only work in outer space.”

    • dan1111 - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      Real Iowans are Mets fans.

  9. beearl - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    He was smiling and laughing when he said it. It’s a non-issue.

    Good luck to the Mets and Granderson. They’re getting an exciting, personable and fun player.

    • barrywhererufrom - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Hey Curtis have,fun with the four thousand true new yorkers watching you strike out once again

      • tmarlin1221 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        lol cracking up…b/c mets have won 27 straight offseason championship trophies and still celebrate the 86 world series like it was last year.

  10. ras1tafari - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    This may be true. All the “real” Yankees fans I know are from Connecticut, NJ, or upstate (not Albany/Saratoga which is a Red Sox hotbed for some reason).

    • psousa1 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Albany is not far from Massachusetts border and would pick up Massachusetts TV and radio stations back in the day

    • bigharold - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      “… not Albany/Saratoga which is a Red Sox hotbed for some reason).”

      Cold weather, .. brain freeze?

      • 18thstreet - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        I went to college in upstate NY, and there’s some real anti-NYC sentiment up there. I’d bet that it’s really strong in Albany/Utica, too. So rooting for the Red Sox might be a way that manifests. But I don’t know anyone from Albany to ask.

      • bigharold - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        I went to school in upstate NY too, way upstate NY .. Saranac Lake, .. but that now seems like Star Wars stuff, .. a long long time ago in a galaxy far far away…

        And, yeah you got a point about the and “New Yorkers”. There are a lot of very nice people in the tri-lakes area but there are also real strong hint of hillbilly too. Throw in a little French Canadian arrogance and voila! New Yorkers are not wanted.

        Interestingly enough the few people I know up in the Albany area, aside from my daughter that teaches, in the Albany area, .. are Met fans. Go figure.

    • dcarroll73 - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      au contraire mon frere, Albany/Saratoga is very much border territory – plenty of Yanks and Mets fans and then those polluted by New England ways.

  11. uyf1950 - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Chalk up that comment to making the “locals” feel warm and fuzzy about the Mets having signed a soon be be 33 year old to a 4 year $60MM contract. Good luck with the N.Y. Metropolitans, Curtis.

    • spudchukar - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Just the Mets trying to act like their older brothers.

  12. zackd2 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Doesn’t matter. Mets will lose all relevance once May begins, yet again

    • sbmcintosh36 - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      You meant March right?

  13. phillysports1 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    I heard on the radio this morning people in NY started burning Cano jerseys and Tshirt …. Fake fans smh

    • aphillieated - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Most Yankee fans are fake. I’m going to get a lot thumbs down for this but it’s true. “Let’s root for the best team” “oh snap, the Mets won the WS, I’m a Mets fan now”

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        Phillies fans telling other fans how to act. This is rich.

      • 65panhed - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        I’ve been a Yankees fan since 1955.That has never wavered. nor will it!

  14. m3dman3 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    The Mets still exist?

  15. thebadguyswon - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    The Grandy Man can…..troll.

  16. djdvd - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Has anyone considered he might have said this like “no seriously, many of people have told me REAL New Yorkers are Mets fans!

    We are all amazed they exist as well, Curtis. Good luck!

    • kimbrktty - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Doesnt matter the Tone or Context.. this is NYC. Media Capitol of the world.. Statements are not said in a vacuum here, especially if you are a pro athlete. I liked Curtis as a Yankee. I Love him as a person, with his off the field charity stuff. He is a great guy, Lining yourself up for the Red Sox Treatment at the Stadium seems silly, especially when your play will make you a fan fav with the mets.. not Quotes.

  17. psuorioles - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    I can see why people would think that… it’s awfully easy to jump on the Yankees bandwagon when they have unlimited money to spend on their team. Good for Grandy!

  18. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Good fun for Curtis. I wish him well. He should make the Mets watchable this season.

    From my experience living in NY State my whole life and NYC for the past 15 years, nearly every Mets fan is simply reacting against the Yankees or pissed about the Dodgers leaving.

    Me: “So, you’re a Mets fan?”
    -“Yeah, I hate the Yankees”
    -“Well, when the Dodgers left I wasn’t going to root for the effing Yankees!”
    -“Yankees suck!”
    -“1986 and eff the Yankees!”
    -“Friggin Glavine”

  19. mrhojorisin - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    It’s sad where the Mets are now, but the truth is, the Mets outdrew the Yankees in the 60s and 80s and were the first NY team to draw 3 million fans. It’s fair to say that as the Yanks went through the 90s-00s and monopolized the City and area they took more than their share of bandwagon-jumpers. I know people who were avid Mets fans and who became seduced by the “Dark Side.” Ask a Cano-shirt burner if s/he knows who Danny Cater is, or Horace Clark. And just watch if the pendulum swings back the other way. It would take a while, but you would see a similar shift again. Don’t kid yourselves.

    • kimbrktty - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      The Problem with THAT logic is the Same Problem The Dallas Cowboys have… YOU OWNERSHIP. PEndulum swinging? No… you are stuck with the Wilpons, who, like Jerry Jones, Resfuses to sell the team to someone who actually knows what theyre doing. The Mets are a Laughing stock BECAUSE the people running the baseball operations are idiots who think they know what theyre doing… and they clearly dont.. Just like Jerry Jones and the Cowboys.. And there is no end in site for either team, because the owners will NEVER sell the teams. As to Granderson, Someone needs to tell him that New Yorkers arent Losers, which is what youre calling New Yorkers by Saying “real New Yorkers are Met fans” …. IF the Dodgers or Giants were still here, thats an argument. They along with the Yankees dominated Baseball for a great many years and each held a big part of the Baseball fandom of this city in their hands.. but the Mets… and their 2 titles and more losing than winning… thats an insult to the Yankees to compare them to the Mets franchise.

      • sbmcintosh36 - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        I hate the Wilpons as much as the next guy they’re disgusting human beings but don’t act like they run the franchise, Sandy Alderson runs that operation top to bottom and he’s no idiot he knows exactly what he’s doing and he’s doing very well with the mess he inherited the Wilpons write the checks which has been the issue for Sandy since he took over.
        Take a look at the farm system he inherited it was the absolute bottom with NO prospects he’s made multiple small moves and a few great trades Wheeler comes to mind immediately and he’s now got them a future without bad contracts like Bay or Santana hell they’re still paying Bonilla and Vaughn and just paid off Saberhagen yeah the Grandy deal may be a year to long but he’ll hit homers they need and rarely gets hurt (last year unavoidable he got hit twice)
        BTW I’m a Yankee fan that just defended the Mets ugh …27

    • xdj511 - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      And don’t think that the Yankees aren’t on the verge of a second coming of the “Horace Clarke” years… once Jeter is gone who is going to take the mantle? I think people were counting on Cano to continue the great Yankee tradition, but now he’s gone off to riches and obscurity in Seattle. The Yankees no longer have that great talent that you know is going to be around and carry the team for several years. They are a mix of aging free-agent signings and mediocre stopgaps. They competed this season with smoke and mirrors and despite the splashes they have made so far, none of them have made them a whole lot better.

    • kimbrktty - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Dude, what the HeII are you watching.. tis ineptitude is not the sole domane of Alderson… these mets have been a walking clusterf*** from LOOONNGGG before Mr. Alderson.. bad as a result of the GMs that the WILPONS have chosen. It is common knowledge that Wilpon’s Son, Jeff, undermines their GMs. Case in Point Omar Minaya, who was not a great GM, but when the Owners kid is lurking over your shoulder, whispering in daddy’s ear, it makes it a difficult job to do WELL. The Mets are bad NOW, theyve been mostly bad, with spurts of good, for over 20 years. All under Wilpon Family watch.

  20. kimbrktty - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    As a Yankee fan, i like Curtis.. but just Play. The heart you show when you do and your Production (though you wont hit as many HRs in that park), will ingratiate you to the Met Fandom… The Silly quotes are just that, Silly, you’ve always shown Yankee fans that you’re better than that…. please stay that way.

    • dcarroll73 - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      I’m a Yanks fan, and I like Grandy. That said, I think that the Stadium (and maybe Kevin Long?) messed with his head, and he got into swinging for the HR and striking out. I wish him well, but I am just fine about him being a Met. Maybe at Citi he will get back to good batting habits with the results not only fewer HRs but also better BA and way fewer strikeouts.
      I went to a game at Citi a couple years ago with a buddy who is a Mets fan. All the way there it’s “that is a tough hitters park, not like that bandbox Stadium.” Not long after we arrived The Panda absolutely crushed a Mets pitch for an HR to left (one of those shots that seemed to be gone while you still heard the crack of the bat!). I didn’t hear much about the tough hitters park for the remains of the day.

  21. rcali - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Nice signing Mets organization,

  22. jpm557 - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Granted I am a Met fan, I grew up in a house full of Yankee fans and I went to high school where the sports front was dominated with Yankee fans.

    Your typical New York, (note the comma) Yankee fan, is someone who’s watching of baseball ranges from casual to passive. They’re always the first to celebrate when the team wins, and the first to talk about another sport (most seasons the Giants or the Rangers) when the team is bad. The only reason they root for the team is because they win a lot and they could name maybe 4 players on the team maximum

    Not to say their aren’t a lot of good, strong fans in the Yankee fanbase, obviously there are. But your typical fan, especially amongst the youth, is what I described.

    Your typical Mets fan is probably someone who really does watch and follow the team and has some real emotional connection to the team. Otherwise, honestly speaking, there hasn’t been much reason to be a Met fan

    Not saying that this is what Granderson is referring to, but I think it’s something to note

  23. louhudson23 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:20 AM

    The Mets are broke,dysfunctional(see his contract)and they are bad on the field.Why would you want to play for a team that is so bad with no upside? Millions to be made on the team of your choice and you choose the Mets? Go where you want,the money(huge amounts) will follow….

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