Mets’ Granderson On WFAN: ‘The Yankee Logo Is An Accessory’

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Curtis Granderson hasn’t been shy about giving his two cents on the local fan bases.

Now that he’s played both sides of the Subway Series rivalry, the Mets center fielder says he sees a difference between fans of the Amazin’s and those who back his former team, the Yankees.

“Throughout the city of New York, the Yankee logo is an accessory,” Granderson told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Monday. “It’s something that everybody wants to have. Even a media person came up to me and said they have some friends in New Zealand that said, ‘Look at my New York hat.’ … People associate that just with the city of New York. So you have some people here that just enjoy the logo but don’t necessarily follow the team.”

Of course, every team has its share of fair-weather fans. And while the debate will rage forever about whether New York is an American League or National League town, it’s impossible to deny the Yankees’ history — all the retired numbers, the 27 World Series titles.

“When you do get the people that do follow either one of the teams, both of (the fan bases) are very passionate, very loyal,” Granderson said. “I think the Yankees fans, because the team has been around for so much longer, has generation after generation of people telling them, hey, you know, we grew up Yankees fans, we’ve seen this player and that player play. Obviously the Mets fans don’t have that history, because the team hasn’t been around as long.”

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Granderson, who famously said “true New Yorkers are Mets fans” during his introductory press conference in 2013, is seeing more of the Flushing faithful coming out of the woodwork.

“The blue and orange is starting to pop its head out a little more throughout the city,” Granderson said.

“I do feel like I see the Mets fans a little more decked out,” he added. “If they have a hat on, they also have a jacket on to match it.”

The Mets are in first place in the NL East thanks to last month’s franchise record-tying 11-game winning streak, which ended, of course, at the hands of the Yankees. They’ve lost seven of 10 going into a two-game set with Baltimore starting Tuesday.

Check back later for the entire interview, which includes Granderson’s thoughts on the Mets’ batting slump, his decrease in power numbers, hitting leadoff and more.

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To boldly brew: Italian astronaut makes first espresso in space

Samantha Cristoforetti becomes world’s first orbiting barista after firing up experimental ISSpresso coffee machine 260 miles above Earth

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Leno goes classic with a ride on a 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead

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Jay Leno takes a ride on his unrestored 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead that’s on the road again after sitting in his garage for decades. He even includes a little archival footage of people enjoying these classic cycles.

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GE to Create Intelligent LED Lightbulbs Compatible with Apple HomeKit

GE today announced plans to take advantage of Apple’s HomeKit platform, creating intelligent, color-charging LED lightbulbs that will interface with iOS devices. GE’s HomeKit-compatible LED lightbulbs will include GE’s Align technology, which aims to improve sleep through controlling blue light output at critical times.

During the day, the Align technology is able to mimic daylight to suppress the production of melatonin for a more awake feeling, adding bright blue tones to white light, and at night, blue light is reduced to promote melatonin production and avoid disrupting circadian sleep rhythms.

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“As we continue to grow our infrastructure business by connecting our brilliant industrial machines to the Internet, it is important that consumers experience connected things in easy-to-use, everyday ways. Lighting is how many first experiment with the idea of a smart home, and our insights show that consumers want the ability to control lighting from anywhere, automate lighting and pair lighting with other devices–like sensors, thermostats and door locks,” says Comstock. “We’re excited to announce our support for HomeKit as it will bring a seamless, intuitive user experience using Siri and superior quality of light from America’s most trusted lighting brand for more than a century.”

HomeKit is Apple’s home control platform that will allow Apple devices to control various connected smart home products like lightbulbs, garage doors, locks, fans, thermostats, power outlets, and more. Users will be able to give Siri commands to perform actions that will control physical objects, such as “shut off the lights” or “close the garage,” with the Apple TV serving as a home automation hub.

Through HomeKit, the GE bulbs will integrate with other HomeKit-connected devices and will be able to be controlled by voice using Siri. Lightbulbs will be available for individual control and can also be organized into groups for room-wide lighting scenes.

GE’s upcoming lighting project will be a direct competitor to the Philips hue line of lights, which also allow consumers to choose lighting colors based on mood and control lights with their iOS devices. Philips is also one of Apple’s HomeKit partners and plans to have its hue lighting system integrate with HomeKit.

Apple’s HomeKit hardware specifications were finalized in October of 2014, further paving the way for the first HomeKit devices to come to market. In January, Apple said it was “excited” about the growing number of partners bringing HomeKit products to market. Some of those upcoming products include the iDevices smart plug, Elgato’s range of connected home devices, and the Schlage Sense smart lock.

We still don’t know when HomeKit-enabled devices will be widely available for purchase, but GE says that its lightbulbs will be available later in 2015.


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Watch ‘GTA 2’ Recreated in Real Life

Mastering the craft of drone-piloting is no easy feat, but to a clever bunch of Russian Grand Theft Auto fans, practice has certainly paid itself off. Using a drone, several cars and some impressive choreography, the group managed to mimic a scenario straight out of 1999’s ultra-violent (albeit dated) video game GTA 2, complete with bullet fire after effects, pedestrian carnage and ruthless carjacking. Watch the drone-captured turmoil in the video above.

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The High-Pitched Leaked Version Of Pretty Girls Was Taken Down — But The Official Track Is Up! Listen HERE!

We’ve all been patiently waiting for Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea‘s song Pretty Girls to be released, but we were treated a bit earlier than expected when the pop duet was leaked this weekend!

The single, which will be featured on Brit’s upcoming ninth studio album, was played on a few radio stations before its official release on Monday!

[ Related: Britney Spears Shares Her First Photo Post Injury! ]

Britney and Iggy’s voices are featured on the chorus, and both of the divas have their own sassy solos as well.

The pop icon and Aussie rapper are set to perform the single at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on May 17!

Ch-ch-check out the official song in the video (above) to listen to what we expect to be the hottest summer anthem!

College Football’s Most Important Offers of the Week

One of the most coveted recruits in the Sunshine State in the 2016 cycle is 5-star wideout and current Auburn commitment Nate Craig-Myers.

However, his brother, 2016 corner Jayvaughn Myers, appears to be one of the fastest-rising prospects in the state. 

The 6’0”, 175-pounder picked up his eighth and, perhaps, most high-profile offer last week when in-state power Florida tendered him. 

According to GatorBait’s Luke Stampini, the offer caught Myers a little off guard.

“They were at practice watching me for a little bit,” Myers told Stampini. “I was doing individual [drills] and after I came back from a break I got the offer. I felt real good. I was pretty happy about it.”

Kentucky, Rutgers and Wake Forest are among some of the other schools in the running for Myers. 

However, the Gators offer is very appealing to Myers for a number of reasons.

“They are pretty high now. They are going to be there until the end because they are one of my dream schools. It’s DBU pretty much. Their DB’s have so much swagger.” 

For his part, Craig-Myers told Stampini that the offer doesn’t necessarily mean that he and his brother will attend the same school.

“I’m just happy for him, seeing him put in the work, and it’s finally paying off,” Craig-Myers said about the package deal possibility with his brother. “It’ll be a blessing if we go to the same school, but I want to make sure wherever we decide to go, it fits both of us.”

Still, the offer to Myers will create some intrigue in the recruitments of him and his brother. 

Stay tuned.

 

Michigan Offers 2 Stud OL

One of the staples of Jim Harbaugh’s Stanford teams was their toughness along the the offensive line.

The new Michigan head coach will try to do the same in Ann Arbor, and he took a step forward in offering a pair of talented offensive linemen last week.

The Wolverines offered 2016 4-star Texas native Jean Delance and 3-star Virginia standout and current North Carolina pledge Jay Jay McCargo.

Michigan, who already has one offensive line pledge in 4-star tackle Erik Swenson, will focus on amassing more talent in the trenches in the 2016 cycle moving forward.

 

NJ Duo Nets Trio of Impressive Offers

With studs such as 2016 4-star athlete Brad Hawkins and 2016 4-star defensive end Ron Johnson blowing up in recruiting circles, Camden (New Jersey) High School has been a hotbed in the northeast for college coaches.

In fact, both players picked up offers from Missouri, Tennessee and Arizona State last week.

The 6’2”, 190-pound Hawkins can play receiver or safety at the next level, and he has more than 20 offers to his credit thus far.

Johnson is a 6’4”, 240-pound pass-rusher who is rated as the No. 12 weak-side defensive end and the No. 199 player overall in the 2016 class.

Michigan, Notre Dame and South Carolina are among the schools in the running for both players.

 

Oklahoma Targets Top 2017 QB

Oklahoma has already landed a top-flight quarterback in the 2016 cycle with 4-star pledge Austin Kendall.

But Bob Stoops and his staff are already thinking about the future after tendering 2017 5-star quarterback Hunter Johnson, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.

The 6’3”, 197-pounder rates as the nation’s top pro-style passer and the No. 9 player overall in the 2017 class.

Johnson already holds 17 offers, with programs such as Notre Dame, Penn State and Tennessee among his early suitors.

 

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Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

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