Chat with Curtis Granderson
Welcome to The Show! On Friday, Detroit Tigers CF and ESPN.com blogger Curtis Granderson will stop by to chat.
Granderson, the starting center fielder for the American League champion Detroit Tigers, will be blogging three times a week for ESPN.com during the 2007 season. He is the founder of the Grand Kids Foundation and holds college degrees in business marketing and business management.
For more information on him, visit his official MySpace page. For questions or comments, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Granderson Archive: Blog
Buzzmaster (12:01 PM)
We're getting Curtis right now!
Buzzmaster (12:02 PM)
Curtis is here!
Matt (Port Huron, MI)
Hey Curtis. What is your typical routine on the road the day of a night game?
Curtis Granderson (12:03 PM)
Try to wake up around 10 and get breakfast, depending on the city. Come back, watch some TV. Check e-mail, instant message people. Maybe take a nap and then head to the field around 3.
Curtis, I played against you in your days at Illinois-Chicago. What would you say is the biggest difference between D1 college pitchers and major league level pitchers? Movement?
Curtis Granderson (12:04 PM)
I'd say at Division 1 you always had at least one good starter, but now you take all those good starters and they go to the minor leagues and they rise up through the ranks and become the No. 1-5 starters in the big leagues.
Michelle (Schaumburg, IL)
Hi CJ, What is your favorite ballpark to play in and why?
Curtis Granderson (12:05 PM)
Anaheim. The playing surface is the best. The grass and dirt are all the same level. The backdrop defensively is easy to read. They usually have a sold out crowd. They're into the game.
Curtis, how did you get involved with ESPN.com to write your blog? I'm glad you are doing it, it's interesting to see things from a players view!
Curtis Granderson (12:07 PM)
First, it started out with my MySpace page. I didn't think we'd get as many hits as we'd be getting. When ESPN asked if I wanted to join and I said of course. To get to work with the best sports company in the world is an honor.
Justin - (Glendale, AZ)
Hey Curtis...which team's fans heckle you the harders in the outfield?! Does it ever get to ya, or ya just laugh it off
Curtis Granderson (12:08 PM)
I'd say every time I go home to Chicago. A lot of people know me out there. I'll hear other comparisons to other Detroit teams to other Chicago teams. Like when the Bulls signed Ben Wallace, they were saying at least we have Ben Wallace, when we were winning the series.
Steve; Royal Oak, MI
Good to see you having a good year. Was happy to sit in the cold and watch you hit your first Slam! So what changed? What did you work on this off-season to get where you are at right now?
Curtis Granderson (12:08 PM)
The big thing is just looking back at last season and forget about it. I wanted to practice, but I could only simulate so much until spring training. That's when the major changes came.
Displaced Tigers Fan (Chicago)
Curtis - you're the man! But you need a good nickname. What nicknames have you had in the past?
Curtis Granderson (12:09 PM)
The big one that my teammates call me is Grandy. That's a baseball thing, I think, because you know everyone's last name. I think Granderson's too long to say. I like that one.
Phil (Syracuse, NY)
Every player seems to have a pitcher they just dread facing, who is yours?
Curtis Granderson (12:10 PM)
Ooooh. I have to go two. Gil Meche is one of them and Santana. I still don't have a hit off of him. He gets everyone out.
Ramsey (Livonia, MI)
Curtis, Great start to the season for you and the team. Do you envision yourself as a leadoff hitter for your career, or do you eventually think you'll settle into the second or third spot in the batting order?
Curtis Granderson (12:11 PM)
On this team it's tough, because we have guys like Sheffield, Ordonnez, Guillen. I don't see myself hitting 2nd or third on this team. I think eventually, I might slide down a little bit. But at the same time, I enjoy hitting from the lead off spot.
Curtis, I think your blog on espn is great - keep up the good work. I heard you were a Kansas Jayhawks fan, what do you think of their chances next year - can they finally win the NCAA championship?
Curtis Granderson (12:12 PM)
The chances are always going to be high. I'll be biased. This year, I think they had a great run. We'll have to see which recruits they bring in and who returns.
Gary (Dallas, TX)
Do you think that with the Tigers recent success it will be easier to get free agents to come to Detroit, or do you think a lot of guys would rather avoid the city?
Curtis Granderson (12:13 PM)
I talked to Sheffield a little bit. The reason he came is he felt comfortable. He liked what he saw. I think that can be an attractive feature. I'm not too sure how it will weigh on past or current performances, more on how we are as a team.
Andrew (Struthers, OH)
Hey Curtis! What team do you most look forward to playing and why?
Curtis Granderson (12:13 PM)
Chicago, only because I get a chance to be on TV in Chicago for all my family and friends to see me.
Dave (East Lansing, MI)
Curtis, what are your thoughts on the number of players that are going to be wearing #42 to honor Jackie Robinson on April 15?
Curtis Granderson (12:15 PM)
Surprisingly, I just talked to Pudge maybe half hour ago. He was wondering if he would get a chance to wear it. In him opinion, he thought Robinson allowed for all minorities to get the chance to play, not just African-American. I think I feel the same way. If you think he touched you in some way, you should get a chance to do it. I'm excited I can do it.
Carleton (Sterling Heights, MI)
How has Gary Sheffield affected the Tigers' locker room? Is having another great hitter like that on the team helping you in any way?
Curtis Granderson (12:16 PM)
Getting a chance to watch him is a big thing. Seeing him go about his business, how he prepares is great. Then in the clubhouse, to hear him talk, he's got a lot of knowledge to talk about. He's been around the game for a while. I could sit and listen to him for hours.
With which team does Detroit have the greatest rivalry? What's the best rivalry in baseball (apart from NY-Boston)?
Curtis Granderson (12:17 PM)
Now my answers are starting to get consistent - it's Chicago again. It seems like from a fans standpoint, everyone's talking about that. Everyone is talking about how we'll do against the White Sox. Ever since they won the World Series in '05 that's what started it.
Ryan (Ferndale, MI)
Who was your sport's idol growing up?
Curtis Granderson (12:18 PM)
For baseball, Ken Griffey Jr. For basketball, Michael Jordan. For football, Jerry Rice and Thurman Thomas.
Craig (Norwich, CT)
I've been a big fan of yours ever since I found out that you are a pro wrestling fan, and I was just wondering how much fun fun WrestleMania 23 really was. It must have been such a great time.
Curtis Granderson (12:19 PM)
I got a chance to sit ringside. To be there in front of 80,000 people and be inches from the whole show, was one of the best times I've had. It didn't stop from the start to the end. They delivered and satisfied the whole time.
Jaye Vilchock (NH)
I have you on my fantasy baseball team, you are off to a good start, keep it going please
Curtis Granderson (12:19 PM)
I'll try my best to.
What's your favorite thing to do on a road trip? Do you have any spots in certain cities that you have to visit?
Curtis Granderson (12:20 PM)
The food in every city, I look forward to. KC for the ribs, Seattle for the fish and chips. Chicago for the pizza. Baltimore for the crab cakes. My big thing is getting the food that a city is known for. I love to eat.
Johnny (Warren, MI)
Did you play football in high school or college? If so, can you please help the Lions?
Curtis Granderson (12:21 PM)
Fortunately, I didn't play, my dad said I was always too small to play. I thought I could be good, but that's just me. When I meet some of the Lions players and see how big and fast they are, I think I made the right decision.
Todd (West Bloomfield, MI)
Curtis - congrats on the great start to the season. Throw me a fantasy bone - do you plan on using your speed to steal more bags this year?
Curtis Granderson (12:22 PM)
That's not 100% my call. Leyland's in charge of our running game. I can't run through his decisions, but we're trying to be more aggressive, so hopefully I can get you some more points.
Do you think Nate Robertson is one of the most underrated pitchers in baseball?
Curtis Granderson (12:23 PM)
I think so. He took the ball for us in the first game for us against the Yankees and Oakland and I think in the World Series. He's off to a great start. He's got great stuff. He's real energetic. He's still growing. He could be a great guy.
How do you stay in such good shape eating that much? Leyland must have you running tons of laps
Curtis Granderson (12:24 PM)
I don't know. For some reason, I can still burn and burn and burn. Possibly my young age. I try to lift a lot too. I try to lift after every game. The guys get mad at me because I eat so much and they do to, but don't look the same.
Who on the team does the best Jim Leyland impression? Is anyone on the team a prankster?
Curtis Granderson (12:25 PM)
The big prankster would be Brandon Inge and Vance Wilson. But the best impression would be Marcus Thames, because they both say the stuff from the Aflac commercial the same way.
Doug, Royal Oak, MI
I love how you always use both hands while catching a fly ball. Why have so many players gotten away from that?
Curtis Granderson (12:26 PM)
When I was little, they always said two hands. I think guys get away from it because you do have more flexibility if you catch the ball with one hand. It's not always a bad thing to catch with one hand because it can help get you closer to the ball.
Are you still roomates with Joel and how have you two helped each other?
Curtis Granderson (12:27 PM)
This year, we are not roommates, unfortunately. That's by choice, but we still call each other roomie when we see each other. We can both get our minds off of baseball when we're not on the field. We're two different people - he throws 100 and I'm more the speed limit. That helps us out.
Matt (Sterling Heights, MI)
Curtis, what helped you only have 3 errors while playing 158 games last year?
Curtis Granderson (12:28 PM)
That might be a typo, I'm not sure if I had 3 errors last year. A lot of things go right. I was able to avoid a lot of the little things that can creat errors.
Since you're in Toronto, what's it like playing on that field? I've have to imagine it's pretty tough.
Curtis Granderson (12:29 PM)
It seems a little dark right away. I'm not sure if it's myself or getting used to it. I don't mind the turf - you know you're going to play every day. It is a little relief going from the grass to the turf for only three days. If I were a Blue Jay, it would be more stressful being on the turf every day.
How important is Pudge to the success of your club?
Curtis Granderson (12:30 PM)
Very. He's in charge of our pitching staff. He has to know what the opposing hitters are trying to do. And offensively, he has to be a threat like he has his entire career. Those are two key components to us being successful.
Curtis Granderson (12:30 PM)
Thank you again for all the support. I look forward to doing it again.