Teddy Roosevelt once said, ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick’. I can’t think of a better phrase to describe the Yankee center fielder.
Known for his great play and calm demeanor, the Grandy Man crushed 41 home runs and drove in 119 runs during the regular season. Despite his excellent regular season accomplishments, Grandy’s biggest play of the season came during the ‘loudest’ time of the year. With bases loaded and two outs in the first inning last night, Grandy made a leaping, uber-athletic play on Don Kelly’screaming line drive. If Granderson doesn’t come down with that ball, the Yankees fall into a 3-0 hole, AJ Burnett’s Yankee career is effectively over, and the fan base kills the manager. Say whatever you want about the offense, pitching, whatever. But if Grandy doesn’t catch that ball, we would all be mourning the 2011 Yankees right now.
Big time players make big time plays. In this instance, the mild-mannered Grandy Man let his glove do the talking.
Game 5. Come Get Some!