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Huge early play: Granderson's catch

Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:56 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2011 2:49 am
 


By Matt Snyder


We're a few innings in at this point, but it's hard to shake the fallout of Curtis Granderson's first-inning catch. With the bases loaded, Tigers right fielder Don Kelly hit a rocket to dead center field. Granderson at first came in on the ball before realizing it was going to go over his head. He then made an outstanding leaping catch to end the inning.

Considering Kelly can fly, Granderson didn't land on his feet and that the runners were all moving on contact -- there were two outs -- it most certainly would have been an inside-the-park grand slam if Granderson hadn't made the grab. So it would have been a 4-0 lead for the Tigers in the first inning, with fickle A.J. Burnett on the hill and Comerica Park would have been rocking. Essentially, there's an argument to be made that the series was over if Granderson doesn't make that catch.

Instead, it's 2-1 Yankees after four innings and Burnett hasn't been awful (4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K).

It's far from over, but Granderson's recovery could well be the play that saved the season for the Yankees.



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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Huge early play: Granderson's catch

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Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Huge early play: Granderson's catch

I agree stupid trade by dombrowski getting rid of grandy



Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:56 am
 

Huge early play: Granderson's catch

Granderson has played an amazing CF, making routine and spectacular plays in CF so far in this series, especially in the 1st and 6th innings of tonight's game. Yanks truly got a steal by getting him from the Tigers.  On the other hand, Austin Jackson has been downright awful in CF so far. With all his speed, he never seems to be able to make plays on balls hit near him. How many times have Yankees' hitters been able to hit balls just over his head? Way too many.




Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:53 pm
 

Huge early play: Granderson's catch

When you win 10-1, most of the conversation is going to tend to lean toward the team with 10. I'm just glad my Yankees get to go home to NY for game 5. Go Ivan Nova!



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:20 pm
 

Huge early play: Granderson's catch

The Tigers fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is "Never get involved in a land war in Asia."  But only slightly less well know is this "Never hit it to Curtis Granderson when the game is on the line!  Ha ha ha.  Ha ha...

This from a Tigers fan who still loves Curtis even though he wears enemy colors.  Austin Jackson can match him catch for catch, but Curtis had the chances tonight and came up big.  I still think the Tigers take it in Game 5.  Maybe Jackson can steal the show with some defense in the next one.



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Huge early play: Granderson's catch

Granderson saved himself.  Get the title right.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Huge early play: Granderson's catch

SOMEONE FIRE RON DARLING!  This guy is Yankees this, Yankees that.  Try to be unbiased please!



Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Huge early play: Granderson's catch

I didnt think Grandersons first inning catch was anything special.  He made an average catch and fell down.  His 6th inning catch though? Stellar.  But lets not over dramatize the earlier play just because he's a Yankee.  If anything, I'd say the Yankees benefitted from some baseball luck.  The Tigers have gotten their share so far, but it appears to be all evening out tonight.  Should be an interesting game 5.


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