Detroit still loves Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets’ outfielder still has love for Detroit. In fact, he’s been gone for 8 years, but you can still find a few #28 Tigers jerseys scattered throughout Comerica Park on gameday. In 2007 as a member of the Tigers, Curtis established the Grand Kids Foundation to improve educational experiences for youth nationwide, as well as helping to re-establish baseball opportunities for inner city youths. He hasn’t played for Detroit since a 2009 trade sent him to the New York Yankees, but this August, his Mets were scheduled to play an inter-league weekend series at Comerica Park. Granderson saw an opportunity to give back to the community where his foundation got it’s start. Along with current Detroit Tigers center fielder, Cameron Maybin, Granderson provided MLB level instruction to 100 kids at the state of the art William Clay Ford Field, which was donated by Ford and The UAW.
Curtis & Cameron’s friendship dates back to Maybin’s rookie year in which he recalled occasionally sleeping on Granderson’s sofa.
The 100 campers also received lessons and tips from former Tigers, and current Fox Sports Detroit announcers Rod Allen & Craig Monroe.
After a great morning workout the campers received lunch provided by Gleaners Food Bank.
As for the pros, the Tigers took the series, winning 2 of the 3 games. Granderson went 2-13 with a solo home run for the Mets.