Curtis Granderson hits a lead off home run off of Edison Volquez during the 2015 World Series.
Curtis, Curtis, Curtis. In 2013, you came over to the orange and blue. I can only speak for myself, but I was excited. You were the only likable Yankee (sorry not sorry) and your offense was going to be a great addition to a team that really needed it. “I’ve heard true New Yorkers are Mets fans”, is the quote every Mets fan needed to hear, to buy what you were selling.
Overtime, as fans got to know you and visa versa, an amazing bond was formed. You became more than a player to the fan base. Your leadership in the clubhouse was noticeable not only to your teammates but to the fans as well. You have always presented yourself in such a positive, kind-hearted, professional manner. To have that kind of personality, while playing in New York, is something special. Not many professional athletes in any sport can handle playing in the Big Apple; but you, you’re no ordinary person.
In 2015 the Mets had made it to the World Series for the first time in 15 years. Your three home runs in the 2015 World Series — which etched your name into the Mets record book, tying a Mets record — are ones most Mets fans will never forget. Although the Kansas City Royals ultimately beat the Mets to win the World Series, it doesn’t take away from the role you played to help the team in a situation that I don’t think any fan of any team expected us to be in.
Baseball aside, it’s the work you do off the field that really captured the hearts of everyone. Your charity, the Grand Kids Foundation, which you established in 2007, provided youth with proper and positive development through education, physical fitness and nutrition, all the while introducing them to America’s past time. Your charitable and humble side speaks volumes to people of all ages. You’re a true inspiration.
Losing you from the orange and blue, really stings. Your leadership, personality and your heart are going to be sorely missed. I understand that this is a business and these things happen. but that doesn’t make it any easier. I’m not sure the Dodgers and their fans understand how lucky they are. You deserve to be back in the playoffs and most of all, you deserve a ring. Thank you for opening your hearts to Mets fans. I know I am appreciative of your time spent here in Queens. Wishing you the best of luck on the rest of your journey. #ThankYouCurtis.