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.”rc="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js">
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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