Richard Morgan did a nice Q&A with Curtis Granderson. Some snips:
So what’s happened so far? Who have you met?
When the trade was announced, A-Rod immediately texted me, “you’ll love it here.” I met him and CC at the press conference with some front-office management. And I know Jeter from the World Baseball Classic. But that’s it right now.
Have you gotten any advice on just what to expect?
I was lucky enough to talk with Gary Sheffield, who was a Yankee and a Met and on seven total Major League teams. He told me all the things you’d expect: the media, the fan base, cops recognizing you, everyone remembering every slip-up you do.
You don’t get to keep No. 28.
They offered it to me, but I knew Girardi wanted it for his quest for a 28th championship. He’s the boss. Plus, I’m not going to mess with any of the superstition. There are so many numbers that are retired there, so there wasn’t much choice. But No. 14 was available, and I was No. 14 in high school. So it worked out.
You mean Joe Torre didn’t lobby to have #14 retired in honor of Enrique Wilson? Really?