Upon Retirement, Curtis Granderson Says He's A Tiger First

"It's been an honor to wear my socks high."

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January 31, 2020 - 4:19 pm
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Three-time All-Star Curtis Granderson retired on Tuesday after a 16-year career spent with seven different teams. 

And which of those teams does he identify with the most?

"I’d say the Detroit Tigers," Granderson said on MLB Network. "That's where I got my start. I was blessed that they drafted me in 2002, I got a chance to make it to the Big Leagues in 2004, my first ever World Series in 2006 and my first All-Star in 2009. And we started the Grand Kids Foundation there in 2007. So a lot of firsts, a lot of things that helped established and create the career.

"The Detroit Tigers gave me the start to build the foundation for the six other teams that I got a chance to play for." 

Granderson played in Detroit from 2004-09, before being traded to the Yankees in the 2010 offseason. His 2007 season quietly remains one of the best in MLB history. He became just the fourth player ever to join the 20-20-20-20 club, with 23 homers, 26 steals, 23 triples and 38 doubles. 

The other members of the club are Jimmy Rollins (also 2007), Willie Mays (1957) and, as Granderson mentioned, Frank "Wildfire" Schulte (1911). Not bad company. 

Granderson finished 10th in MVP voting in 2007 and was an All-Star in 2009. 

After four seasons with the Yankees, including two more All-Star selections and an MLB-best 84 homers from 2011-12, Granderson went on to play for the Mets, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Brewers and Marlins. 

He finished his career with 2,057 games played. 

"I’ve been blessed to play professional baseball for the greater part of two decades," Granderson said in a statement. "As I reflect on my career, I realize that not much has changed since those early days in Little League. My parents and family are still my greatest fans, and they impart the same message today that they did back then: give back, never forget to enjoy the ride, and don’t think; have fun. ...

"This journey would not be possible without those who came before me, breaking barriers to allow a young Curtis Grandson to live out his dream," he said. "It’s been an honor to wear my socks high."