Dec 10, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Curtis Granderson smiles as he is introduced by the New York Mets during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Curtis Granderson: "True New Yorkers Are Mets Fans"

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Curtis Granderson has taken a page out of the book of Ryan Theriot. When Theriot moved from the Cubs to the Cardinals he infamously said, “Now I’m on the right side of the rivalry.” This did not set well with Cubs fans who are notoriously insecure.

I doubt Yankee fans will react as strongly to what Granderson said when moving from the Pinstripers to the cross-town Mets. Granderson took a shot at Yankee fans during his introductory press conference with the Mets, saying, “A lot of the people I’ve met in New York have always said that true New Yorkers are Mets fans. So I’m excited to get a chance to see them all out there.”

I guess the implication here is that transplanted fake New Yorkers root for the Yankees, but real born-and-bred New Yorkers go for the Mets. Cause New York is a town that embraces underdogs. They like the scrappy blue-collar team, not the team filled with overpaid superstars.

Curtis Granderson is now a scrappy blue-collar Mets outfielder making $60 million over four years.

As I said, I doubt Yankee fans are going to care much about Granderson’s shot. Nothing involving the Mets means a whole lot to the Yankee people. It’s not even that big a deal to Yankee fans when the two teams play in the subway series every year. To Yankee fans, the Mets are slightly less interesting than the Orioles.

But it was a good job of sucking up by Granderson nonetheless. Right out of the Kenny Powers handbook.

Looking to see the Grandy man at Citi this year?  Check out the 2014 MLB schedule from TicketCity and see which game on the calendar you want to go to! Some early season highlights include the home opener March 31st vs. the Washington Nationals, the April21-24 series with the defending NL-champion Cardinals, and the May 14 and 15 matches against Granderson’s former team, the New York Yankees.

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