Granderson pumped up to face Tigers

The Yankees outfielder had a breakout season -- now he gets to face his former team

Updated: September 30, 2011, 2:17 PM ET
By Rob Parker | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson would never say so -- he's just not cut like that. But he was really hurt when the Detroit Tigers dumped him two years ago.

Yes, dumped.

That's what you call trading away a young, rising star who happened to be a fan favorite. Granderson was more than just a good player, he had embraced the community. It wasn't PR stuff, either. It was the real deal.

Hence, when that trade was announced after the 2009 season, fans in Motown were mad. Some ...

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