Just a few days ago, Curtis Granderson was looking at starting the season on the DL. The oblique bug bit him right at the end of spring training and his status was in question. After some work at the minor league complex, Granderson was ready to go and the Yankees had their starting center fielder.
It was a blessing that they did.
In the first inning, Granderson laid out for a Will Rhymes line drive, making a beautiful diving catch. He later robbed Alex Avila of a possible extra-base hit by making the necessary adjustments and covering the left-center gap. In the ninth, he made a spectacular over-the-shoulder snag after Brandon Inge laced a ball over his head, as he was playing shallow with Rivera on the mound.
Without his glove, this game might have ended quite differently.
Let's not overlook what he did with the bat as well. Continuing his recent success in the batter's box after making adjustments with hitting coach Kevin Long, Granderson launched a tie-breaking home run into the second deck in right field—off a southpaw, nonetheless.
Whatever Granderson is eating, he'd better share it with the rest of the team, because he is looking to turn in a career year in 2011.