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10/05/06 6:30 PM ET
Big stage suits Granderson just fine
Outfielder at center of production in first exposure to October
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson was awed by Yankee Stadium. On the tube, that is. "You see it on TV," the Tigers center fielder said of the historic building, "and it looks so massive and colossal. But then you get here, and you realize it's not as big as you think." It's not the size of the buiding, but rather the stew of the crowd that inspires Granderson. "They can get loud in a split second," he said. They can get pretty quiet, too. And Granderson proved it. When the 26-year-old connected for a one-out, RBI triple in the seventh inning of Thursday's 4-3 Tigers victory in Game 2 of the American League Division Series, he took away the wrath of the home crowd for good. It should have come as no surprise that Granderson would deliver. He had three hits in Game 1 and the sacrifice fly that pulled the Tigers to within 3-2 in this one. "It's fun, considering you watch the playoffs when you're young," Granderson said. "I'm just trying to help the team somehow, someway. It's starting to sink in, just how exciting it is." The excitement surrounding Granderson is beginning to build. He put up a solid first full season as an everyday player, batting .260 with 19 homers and 68 RBIs this year. Those who follow the AL Central have gotten a solid first impression of Granderson, but this series has afforded him the opportunity to make his name known on a national scale against a powerhouse opponent. Granderson's taken advantage of it. "He's had some great at-bats," manager Jim Leyland said. And Granderson was quick to thank Leyland for the chance to get them.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.