I don't blame the Grandy Man for leaving. These are tough times. Still, I thought he just might be that rare player who says, "I didn't give you much last year because of the injuries, so I'll play this year for whatever you offer." I know local contractors who, if they mess up a plumbing repair, will come back and fix the thing for free, because that's their reputation, and that's how they were raised. Professional athletes never do that... I guess, because that's the way they were raised.
Still, the Grandy Man is gone, and I think I speak for the Yankiverse in saying, "Pass the meat loaf. What's for desert?"
Here's what we got over four years.
No World Series ring.
No American League championship.
Fifty five stolen bases.
115 home runs.
A batting average that plummeted into the .220s.
Acid reflux whenever we see Austin Jackson and Ian Kennedy.
Some great catches in CF.
A final ALCS in which he went 0 for 11 with Ks.
Baseball Reference publishes a statistical twin for every MLB player. It's a way to put a hitter into a broader context. Here are the Grandy Man's top 10 mirror players.
When the Yankees traded for Curtis Granderson, they hoped for future superstar. They wanted more than Wally Post.
Well, he's gone. Curtis Granderson: Hell of a guy! Class act! Charity work! Well spoken! Stood the scrutiny of NYC with dignity. Excited to see him come. Excited to see him go.