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PostSubject: Curtis Granderson talked to WDFN-AM on 2/21/08   Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:28 am

Part 1

Curtis Granderson: Cabrera, Willis, Jones and Renteria are gelling with new team; Looking to improve on last year

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ē February 23, 2008

Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson talked to WDFN-AM (1130) on Thursday:

Your clubhouse has changed a little bit. Some more big names come in, the Brandon Inge situation thatís kind of up in the air. Do you detect something different or is it guys all the same?

For the most everybodyís the same, you know, were adding the new additions and everybodyís gelling with Cabrera, and Dontrelle, and Jacque Jones, and Edgar Renteria. Itís almost like theyíve been here for five, ten years now. Myself and Brandon Inge, weíre still playing like we always do. He hit me with two baseballs today so itís my goal to hit him tomorrow and thatís just how we are all year round.

Is it amazing to you, as it is to some of us, it was just two years ago this time the big question was whoís coming up North Curtis Granderson or Nook Logan, and Curtis Granderson has become the ambassador of baseball, all the success that you had last year with the hits, the stolen bases, and everything and, Nook Logan heís still in the Major Leagues but youíre up here and heís wherever.

Itís amazing how stuff goes from one year to another. I still talk to Nook on a pretty decent basis and I think he actually just signed with the Dodgers, if Iím correct, so heís still trying to make a run at it, get everything back going we talk in the offseason as much as we can, also during the season. Heís still one of the great friends of mine I met through baseball, and our relationship remains that way.

Speaking of friends, when the Cabrera trade occurred, you were with Cameron Maybin like two days before, and explain that, and you guys became really good friends, everyone thought you guys would be rivals.

Itís amazing. Everyone tried to put us together. The funny thing was Cameron stayed at my place a couple times when we were down here in spring training. We always go eat together, weíd always go shopping together, whatever it happened to be, and sure enough we were down here in Florida working out, right before the trade goes down, sure enough once the trade goes down everyone calls him, calls me, so are you happy now that you guys are separated? And of course both are answers were no. We were hoping weíd get the chance to play together in Comerica Park together, unfortunately that hasnít happened. Heís in a great situation along with Rabelo, and Andrew Miller and weíre continuing to move forward here in Detroit.

Itís really amazing because you cant put a peg on Curtis Granderson, like heís going to be this speedy leadoff guy, the centerfielder, but then you add power to your game, then you have the 20/20/20/20 double, whatever, triples, home runs, whatever, Iím missing it, looks like you keep adding layers to your game each year, people say youíre eventually going to be a middle of the order hitter, as opposed to a leadoff hitter. Is that fine with no label? How do you label yourself?

Yeah, I donít like to fall into: got to do it this way, got to do it that way. Lloyd McClendonís been like that. Weíre not going to go up there trying to draw walks, if a walk happens great. Weíre not going to try to hit the ball out of the ballpark, but if it does great. Itís interesting, you mentioned the middle of the lineup, with the acquisition we made, I donít planning on being there anytime soon, but if they happen to move me up, move me up down, move me to the middle, Iím just going to adapt where it happens to be. Thatís the way I kind of look at it, Iím just going to adapt to the situation each year.

Do you try to add something to your game each year? Do you pinpoint do this more or do this better?

Itís not necessarily a main focus, but I did know last year Iím going to come in and I said hey, Iím going to try and get a couple more doubles from singles out of the box right away, and I think I got four or five of them through the course of the season. I think that, also, instead of having a double, now I have a triple on this play. So trying to do one thing ended opening up a couple more things. So weíll see what moving forward this spring is going to have talking with Andy Van Slyke, talking with McClendon to see what our main focus is going to be, and try to do something different this year.

You did cut your strikeouts down by 30 and you had more at-bats is that something that youíre conscious of as well?

It is, just because everybody talks about it so much. Itís one of those things that, hey, you led the league in strikeouts in 2006, so of course Iím going to try to find a way to improve on that. I did, but again thereís still ways that I got to try to improve on it even more, because I was still in the tops again, but looking at that, looking at my numbers against left-handed pitchers, and what not, and also my numbers of errors made in the outfield, thereís a lot of things I still have to continue to improve on.

What fuels Curtis Granderson?

Itís not necessarily I want to prove people wrong, thatís my main focus, at the same time I like to read and listen to everything thatís negative out there. The fact that I had too many strikeouts the year before, the fact that I am struggling against left-handed pitching; now thatís my goal. Everyoneís talking about it so thatís what I focus on, and then, hopefully, the next year, like I did this past year I can improve upon it. Itís not going to be drastic, Iím not planning on the season to hit .400 against left-handed pitchers, but if I see any improvement than the seasonís a success.

In this division with the rivalry between you guys and the other teams especially Cleveland, you and Grady Sizemore, people pit against each other whoís a better centerfielder, what kind of relationship do you have with him, so you guys joke about that at all?

We donít get a chance to talk too much, for one heís not at a position where I can get on base and talk to him. I canít go out to centerfield, but weíre always missing each other. Weíve said hi a couple times. I had him autograph a baseball for one of my friends. Weíre pretty cool. I think the good thing about it, is it puts Detroit and Cleveland on the map more, so you have the Pistons-Cavs rival and now you have the Tigers and Indians rival so itís great for the two cities that are close together.

Is it ever possible to ever have too many good hitters? It looks like you guys all do different things. Is it possible to have too many stars, too many superstars on a baseball team?

I think the one thing you touched on and we have so many different aspects on our team. You got a guy like Polanco whoís going to go ahead and get hits but heís not going to draw a bunch of walks, because heís constantly putting the ball in play, then you got power right after that, so its not like we got a bunch of guys that have 40 home runs or 50 home runs. I think there was the same type of good guys on our team then weíd be in a little bit of a problem. We got guys with speed, guys that walk, guys that hit for power, guys that drive in runs and its going to be mixed wherever Leyland happens to put us, that is going to be the key, the fact that we can mix an match where we want.

How many times have you looked at the catch you made against Boston?

It was amazing. The only reason I was able to watch it a lot is because it happened right at the All-Star break, so when I came home back to Chicago to sit and relax it was on TV a lot, so I got a chance to see it a few amount of times but one of the things people have said wow people forgot how far you had to run. Iím looking it as I forgot it was Wily Mo Pena I need to move back a little bit this guys huge, so thatís one of the ways I look at it. Working with Andy Van Slyke made that possibility of making that play.

You donít spend a lot of time relaxing in the offseason, youíre always doing something. What was the goodwill baseball, ambassador baseball thing, where you went to Africa?

I try my best to relax but most my relaxation comes on the airplane so I flew to Africa for a little bit. We tried to promote the game of baseball. I was in Detroit doing our celebrity game, did the commentating for TBS and also ESPN this year in Bristol, Connecticut, down in Atlanta, did the Pepsi clutch performer out in L.A. the plane is my second home. I can sleep on any and every plane Iím like a baby in a car.

Whatís the strangest thing you ate? Do they cook like giraffes and things like that?

Surprisingly, their main dish is ostrich. They love ostrich steak and what not. We went to a Brazilian steakhouse which is similar to the ones we have here in the U.S., but they had the chicken and the beef and the pork and what not, but they did have game food like you mentioned giraffe, and deer, and crocodile and zebra and what not my favorite was giraffe I loved it, it was great.


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PostSubject: Re: Curtis Granderson talked to WDFN-AM on 2/21/08   Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:31 am

Curtis Granderson, part two: Red Sox and Indians still ahead of Tigers; Staying hungry and healthy is key

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Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson talked to WDFN-AM (1130) on Thursday:

We all look at it, and we look at this roster, and we look at this team, and we say theyíre going to make the playoffs, of course, and maybe even make the World Series, it looks like they should. Do you look at it like this team definitely should be in the playoffs?

We look at it as we want to. We want to get back to the playoffs. It was a lot of fun in í06 and I think we fell short in í07. Of course one of the things a lot of people forget is the Indians played great last year. They won the division outright, plain and simple. We also got to remember the Boston Red Sox are the defending champs. So thereís still two teams right ahead of us that we still got to knock off first and foremost, but weíd love to get back there. Thereís no other place to be in October than playing. I got a chance to commentate it last year, but I want other people commentating me this October, this year.

What is the hardest thing about playing Major League Baseball?

I would say one of the hardest things about playing in Detroit is actually Comerica Park. Itís a tough field to play in the outfield in 04 and 05, when I came up we had difficulty judging balls during day games, so at first we thought, thereís not that many fans sitting behind home plate, now weíve been packing the place, selling it out and we still canít see out there.

Thereís a glare of some sort right?

Iím not sure if itís glare off shirts, glare off seats, glare off of what, and I thought it was just myself, but Iíve seen Torii Hunter misjudge balls, Ichiro misjudge balls during day games. So hopefully if were making the schedule up, lets get as many night games in there as possible.

Iíve heard people say that because the stadium is sort of tilted a certain way directionally and the sun somehow messes it up.

The sun is hitting the wrong angle so we need to go ahead and rotate the stadium around.

You mention Cleveland and the Red Sox; do you guys think we can win the World Series?

We think we can contend with any team, no matter who we happen to play on that give day. So looking forward to March 31, now to the end of the season, come that day whoever the opponent happens to be, we feel confident enough that we can contend with that team, as long as we continue to do that, and weíre confident enough to hopefully make the playoffs. If we happen to continue to make it back to the World Series again weíre going to continue to be confident that we can close this thing out finally.

Youíre not worried about the pitching at all, especially the bullpen?

The guys have done a great job. Theyíre learning a lot from the experience that we brought in, Dontrelle, again having a World Series ring is over there helping to teach some of these guys. Bonderman as young as he is, is a veteran over there, and again we still got Todd Jones back there, whoís been doing lights out things, and again experience back there, so thatís one of the big things again, experience, the chemistry that we have, and just guys being hungry to want to go back out there.

Is the only thing that can stop this lineup is you guys yourselves?

Iíve used two things: hungry, which again puts in the complacency. We got to go out there, and to continue to get better, and hopefully stay healthy. If we can continue to have that lineup consistently in there day in and day out for 160 plus games, or as close to that mark as we can, then we got a shot just like everybody else does.

Whoís your Final Four?

I got to put Kansas back in there. I got to get Kansas in there. Iím going to get N.C. in there, theyíve been impressive. I donít want to do this but, again, Dukeís looked impressive. Iím going to take away Memphis. I donít think theyíre going to make that run, and Iím going to probably go with another team from the Big 12 in Texas. They played well when they had Kansas coming in there, so thatís going to be my four; Big 12-big ACC matchup in the Final Four this year.


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PostSubject: Re: Curtis Granderson talked to WDFN-AM on 2/21/08   Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:59 am

Giraffe? puke


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PostSubject: Re: Curtis Granderson talked to WDFN-AM on 2/21/08   Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:22 am

Go :curtis: !!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Curtis Granderson talked to WDFN-AM on 2/21/08   Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:04 am

But forget the Giraffe eating here! Not for me!


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PostSubject: Re: Curtis Granderson talked to WDFN-AM on 2/21/08   Sun Feb 24, 2008 1:28 pm

3/21/08 ? Is Granderson a time traveler? Just Kidding!

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PostSubject: Re: Curtis Granderson talked to WDFN-AM on 2/21/08   Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:35 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Curtis Granderson talked to WDFN-AM on 2/21/08   Sun Feb 24, 2008 4:24 pm

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But forget the Giraffe eating here! Not for me!

I thought eating giraffe was illegal? brob and I were discussing which kind of animals we would eat once (we were bored). I think both of us said no to giraffe (along with horses, cats, dogs, elephants, rhinoceroses, etc.) and I think I looked it up and discovered giraffe eating was illegal - at least in certain countries.


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PostSubject: Re: Curtis Granderson talked to WDFN-AM on 2/21/08   Sun Feb 24, 2008 4:41 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Curtis Granderson talked to WDFN-AM on 2/21/08   Sun Feb 24, 2008 5:31 pm

yes the Tigers lok great on paper...go Tigers 2008!
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PostSubject: Re: Curtis Granderson talked to WDFN-AM on 2/21/08   Sun Feb 24, 2008 5:53 pm

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