That distinction has earned him some extra attention from the YES Network.
Before the Blue Jays came to town this week, YES ran a series of promos for the series that featured major league home run leader Jose Bautista and the second-place home run hitter Granderson. The spots fell just short of promising a home run derby between the two players, implying that there would be lots of balls leaving the yard off the bats of Bautista and Granderson.
Of course, that didn't happen.
Bautista hit a solo home run in the series opener then managed only a single the rest of the series. Granderson didn't hit any home runs. It would have been nice if he had answered Bautista in that first game with a homer of his own.
He did have a better series than Bautista, going 6-for-9 with two RBI, two stolen bases while scoring six runs, including the winning run of the walkoff victory in Game 2.
But home run derby it wasn't.
During the final game of the series, YES started airing promos for the next series, a three-game set with the Mariners in Seattle. The spots feature Granderson again, but this time, the opposing player featured is Ichiro Suzuki.
Now, I can live with Granderson being compared to Bautista, but Ichiro? That's going to far. Come on, YES. Ichiro is a Hall of Famer! Last time I checked, Granderson was not a Hall of Famer.
If Granderson continues to excel this season, will YES continue these crazy, yet amusing promos? If they play the Cardinals, will he be compared with Albert Pujols? Then again, Pujols isn't having such a good year right now, so maybe it would be appropriate somehow.
Anyway, keep it going, Grandy Man!
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