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MetsBlog Q&A: Granderson is ready to lead, wants focus and wins against NL East

Mets OF Curtis Granderson said he was most impressed by how much interest he saw from the Mets this winter, which started as soon as the offseason began with phone calls from Sandy Alderson and David Wright.

MetsBlog’s Rob Brender talked with Granderson on Thursday at camp in St. Lucie.

In regards to what qualities he’ll bring with him from the Yankees to the Mets, Granderson said:

“It’s interesting, I go from being one of the younger guys on the team to being one of the older guys on the team. I hope I bring leadership, experience and the ability to be approached. You know, if guys have anything they want to talk about, whether it’s on the field stuff or off the field stuff, ‘Hey, come talk to me.’ I’m one of those guys who is easy to get along with. … I think, mostly, you lead by example. I’m a very visual guy, and guys see me with a smile on my face no matter what the situation is. I’m pretty easy going and just enjoy being at the ballpark. I spent the first couple of days here in St. Lucie just, sort of, measuring everybody. And everybody seems very loose and relaxed, energetic, but also focused.”

Granderson said he wants to see the Mets have a plan, execute it, out hustle the opposition and focus on winning games in the NL East.


Here is audio and video of Brender’s four-minute talk with Granderson:


15 comments
Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

Already from his comments this off season into spr training, Granderson has become my 2nd fav Met of course after heir to the throne of NYC, Mr. Wright. But seriously, he does sounds amazing.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

I hope Grandy does well for us and isn't a bust like Bay, Bonilla etc.

eric88
eric88

CG hit . 227 last year. I'm thrilled, we now have 3 guys in the starting lineup who hit over .225 last year, oh right!! 

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

I realize it's a minor thing, but could we stop taking pictures of Mets with empty seats in the background?  We'll see enough of that from the Allstar break, on.  

Mike Lee
Mike Lee

Is it me or does it look like that ball is going to go right over his glove in the picture?

logic
logic

Commenting sector's head wine and cheese man. He must be a real hit at parties!

nncyel
nncyel

@eric88  Whine, whine, whine. It's really simple Eric. If following the Mets makes you so miserable follow another team - or find another hobby. Or perhaps you're happier being able to whine about the team than if they were WS favorites. For some of us following sports teams provides a relief from day-to-day drudgery and the opportunity to watch great athletes perform. Winning would be nice but not essential. In the early to mid 60s the Mets were horrible but were incredibly popular. Because they were our team - for better or for worse. Now there seems to be a large number of spoiled brats such as yourself following the team who feel that they are entitled only to "for better" - the "better" you most need though is a better perspective on life.

nncyel
nncyel

@Mike Lee  The ball is clearly coming from the right side in the picture (Granderson's left). He's tracking it to his right and will catch it. 


In any case what's your point? Are you just marveling at how still photos can sometimes be visually misleading or are you implying that Granderson is a bad fielder? Today's candidate for Mr. Negative (granted, it's a small sample size so far), eric88, seems to conclude that your observation implies that Granderson is a poor fielder. 

nncyel
nncyel

@eric88 @Macacawitz  Right, that will really help the team get better. They've made some moves, they have pitching prospects, they seem to be on the cusp of being competitive. The team needs support not negativism. 

If you really think poor attendance is going to force the Wilpons to sell the team, I'm pretty sure you're wrong. They have a television contract and other sources of income. And even if the Mets attendance is poor they can support owning the team from their other business ventures. They just won't put money into the team from those other sources to make it better.

You're cutting off your nose to spite your face.