2009 Stats: .249/30/71
By signing Curtis Granderson, the Yankees added one of maybe three players in baseball who aren't complete douche bags. Douche baggery is generally the domain of the professional athlete, but Granderson's family seems to have kept him grounded (based on most articles I've read about the guy). This guy will be probably be having his fancy dinners at the Applebees on 7th Ave near Time Square. And while that Applebees is surprisingly expensive, it still gives you a sense of what kind of down to earth guy Granderson is.
Granderson was traded, supposedly, to play Center Field, but he'll probably be in Left come April. It doesn't matter. It wasn't so much his glove as it was his youth and speed that were coveted by the Yankees. Expect to see Granderson be sent by Girardi on a regular basis. Do not expect to see Granderson hitting second. There are at least two other guys on the team with higher OBP who would probably be better fits in the two-hole. That said, Girardi is fairly smart about setting up his line-up. And while he does change that line-up just about every day, I will accept wherever he decides to bat Granderson.
Granderson will raise his batting average and hit for greater power in the New Yankee Stadium (do I still have to call it the 'New' Yankee Stadium?). In early July he will prank call Johnny Damon, pretending to be Brian Cashman, and tell Johnny that parting with him was the worst mistake he ever made, and that he wants him back. Johnny gets enthused only to have Granderson break character and break the news to him that this call was a prank. Johnny weeps. Three weeks later the Yankees trade Gardner for Damon. It is very awkward.
Little Known Granderson Fact:
Granderson has won the MVP award three times, but is so humble he called all the reporters who voted for him and asked them to give it to another player he felt could use the encouragement.