Curtis Granderson runs back to the dugout

Granderson’s adopted team in Little League World Series final

Curtis Granderson might be a bit distracted Sunday as the Mets prepare to face the Dodgers in their series finale.

The first pitch in Los Angeles is an hour after one in Williamsport, Pa, where  the Jackie Robinson West Little League All-Stars of Chicago will meet South Korea in the Little League World Series championship game at 3 p.m. Granderson tweeted a congratulatory message Saturday after the Chicago team defeated Las Vegas 7-5 in the U.S. final.

That was after he wore the team’s jersey in batting practice before Saturday’s game at Dodger Stadium (Daily News, Aug. 23).

Granderson, a Chicago-area native, is sure to be keeping tabs on the final. Last winter, he met some of the Jackie Robinson West players and coaches at an outreach event, and has friends who played in the league (CSN Chicago, Aug. 17).

Granderson, 33, donated $5 million to build Curtis Granderson Field at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he earned a business degree. It’s part of his effort to grow the game in urban areas and elsewhere.

It’s the first time since 1967 a team from a major American city has reached the championship game.

 




10 comments
matt greco
matt greco

good.  send him to williamsport to play tomorrow, he belongs there more than in a MLB lineup.

Chris Molloy
Chris Molloy

Granderson is a very nice guy. He is signed for 64 Million, please earn that salary next year. Don't scratch your head when you are booed, fans have to deal with the reality that it's expensive to be a fan and you need to understand that a contract is not a lottery ticket, it's suppose to be earned. Please focus on being a better player, it's your Job.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Maybe some of the little leaguers should come up and bat for the Mets.

Max Powers
Max Powers

That's great....Not! Who gives a rats as s ...you get paid to play here . If you invest in loser kids it shouldn't affect your game.

Chris Molloy
Chris Molloy

@Tom Gallagher Wow, what a great guy. Maybe he can help those kids get a great education from with all the money he stole from the Sox.

Max Powers
Max Powers

No I'm not I don't care about his personal life I care about mets winning. He wants to bake cakes for the family of that Ferguson loser kid great.....good for him. How about hit about 300 that's what I care about