Kenny reminds me that I haven’t posted about my favorite team in a while:
The tigers locked up Granderson with a 5 year deal through 2013. Is it possible for a player who finished 10th in the mvp voting in only his second full season to be under the radar? You’re in boston, so maybe you can answer this. Do people outside of Michigan have any idea how good he was last year?
It’s a good question.
People that intensely follow baseball know who Grandy is. He was only the third player ever to hit 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 homers and steal 20 bases—I think a lot of people heard about that. But, in general, players like Granderson kind of slip under the radar because so much of the attention goes to sluggers and starting pitchers. Contact hitters don’t get a ton of SportsCenter love.
In Boston’s defense, I have one friend out here who is obsessed with the Red Sox but begged me to get him a Granderson shirt when I was in Detroit. And that was two years ago, when he was just emerging in our lineup.
One thing about Grandy is that, while he’s not even entering his physical prime yet, he’s still 26 years old. Wouldn’t you feel slightly better about his career trajectory if he had a season like last year when he was 22? If he gives us last year’s stats for the entire five year deal, the Tigers will have gotten a massive bargain. But how much better can he possibly get?
Also, Grandy is so fan-friendly, so media-savvy, so sociable that I think sometimes people assume that he’s a bigger star than he is. Not many active players have a blog on ESPN. But, in terms of national Joe Fan recognition, he’s probably less known than Verlander, Kenny Rogers, Sheff, Pudge, Cabrera, Dontrelle, Zumaya, Maggs.
Wow, I can’t believe I just listed that many famous Tigers. Life is good.