NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Curtis Granderson has picked it up lately.
The Mets’ right fielder hit a double and a triple in New York’s win over the Dodgers on Thursday night, and suddenly his numbers don’t look so terrible.
In his first season in Queens, the slugger is batting .214 with six homers, seven doubles and 21 RBIs. But he started off the campaign terribly — his .304 on-base percentage reflects that — and he’s continuing to strike out at an alarming rate.
The 33-year-old has heard boos from an impatient Citi Field crowd this season, and he doesn’t really get it.
“Me myself, I’ve never booed anybody,” Granderson said, according to Newsday. “I see no point in it.”
The former Yankee was Sandy Alderson’s prized signing this offseason. The general manager inked the jovial outfielder to a four-year, $60 million deal, so it’s understandable that expectations are high.
With Granderson struggling out of the gate, comparisons to super-bust Jason Bay have begun to surface on blogs and social media.
“I’ve always wanted to know why someone would boo, because in the next second they’ll cheer,” Granderson said, according to the newspaper. “So which one is it? You like your team or dislike your team? You call yourself a fan and then you’ll boo?”
Granderson maintains that the booing doesn’t get to him. It’s more a case of not comprehending the practice.
“I understand you’re a fan, but at the same time, you aren’t playing,” Granderson told Newsday. “I can see you getting that intense as a player or (if you) have played. But if you’re just a fan and watching, enjoy the excitement of the game that is in front of you — win, lose or draw, whatever the case is.”
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