It’s not often I write good things about the Yankees. But last night Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira did something historic. According to ESPN the pair became the first Yankees teammates to hit 30 home runs in less than 115 games since Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle in 1961.
Think about that for a minute. No Yankees teammates have had that much power since the two were chasing Babe Ruth’s homer record; Billy Crystal directed a movie about that year.
Perhaps most interesting thing about the feat is how little attention it’s gotten. Do a Google news search for ‘New York Yankees.’ No surprise that the A-Rod and Jorge Posada soap operas get more attention. But they should get more attention.
Granderson is one of the more likeable players in baseball. He’s a five-tool guy and is one of the best center fielders in baseball. He also runs the Grand Kids Foundation, which raises money for education. Teixiera’s no bum either. He’s a gold glove winning first baseman. Fans of any team would love to have either player in their uniform.
So next time you think about the Yankees, think about Granderson and Teixeira, and not admitted juicers like A-Rod.