During a spring training game last week, newly acquired Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson got a little friendly with Cardinals first baseman Scott Moore.
Granderson grabbed Moore’s butt.
Moore seemed to enjoy it.
“Well, Scott Moore and I have a long history together; we both got drafted in the same year by the Detroit Tigers,” Granderson explained on The Morning Show. “As you start getting going through spring training games, the games start to get a little less energetic. So the two of us are out there talking about (anything) and everything, and sure enough the situation presents itself where the two of us get to mess around with each other.”
One thing led to another, and soon enough, Moore and Granderson were touching each other on television.
“It’s fun. You got to liven things up in spring training,” Granderson said. “You got 30 games out here, guys are moving in and out. You got to try to keep it fun or else it becomes Groundhog Day real quick.”
New York hopes Granderson can bring that loose and fun feel – no pun intended – to a team that was neither loose nor fun last season. The Mets went 74-88 and finished third in the NL East.
Granderson, a four-time All-Star, should help mightily in that regard. He spent the last four seasons with the Yankees, hitting a combined 84 home runs in 2011 and 2012. He isn’t too concerned about going from a hitter-friendly park to a pitcher-friendly park, however, because a) he doesn’t consider himself a power hitter to begin with, and b) he spent the first six years of his career in a pitcher-friendly ball park in Detroit – and he still notched a 30-homer season.
“I just want to be productive,” he said. “If we got guys on base, I got to try to drive them in. If there’s no one on base, I got to try to get myself on base. If some of those balls happen to get out of the ball park, that’s an added bonus.”
The Mets, who last year finished 23rd in baseball in runs and 29th in average, will take whatever they can get. But with Granderson and Chris Young joining David Wright, the Mets’ offense should be much-improved.
“The NL East is definitely going to be a division where you’ve got a lot of people jockeying for position, and . . . (we were) right in the middle of the pack based off of last year,” Granderson said. “You start to add some pieces with veteran experience – such as Bartolo Colon – to a pitching staff that’s done really well, (and good things could happen). Even without Matt Harvey, we’ve got some great arms.”
Those arms include Zack Wheeler, Jonathon Niese and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
“At the same time, we can’t win everything on paper,” Granderson said. “We got to execute, we got to compete, we got to prepare like we’re doing here in spring training. The season’s going to be very optimistic. It’s going to be very positive.”
Speaking of optimistic, Harvey, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, claims he’ll pitch in 2014.
“He’s very positive,” Granderson said of the Mets ace. “He looks very energetic. He’s throwing every day. He said he feels a lot better than he expected to feel at this point in time, which is a good thing. At the same time, he’s a very young kid. He’s got a long career ahead of him. We’d love to have him back as soon as possible, but he’s also got to be smart about things. When everything is good to go, they’ll give him a green light and we’ll be glad to accept him, whenever that happens to be.”