World Series veteran Curtis Granderson discusses keys to successful postseason in one-on-one
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- If you watched the wildcard game between the Cubs and Rockies you know that a key hit off the bench can be the difference between winning and losing. That's why the Brewers traded for Curtis Granderson.
Anchor Bill Walsh spoke with the veteran outfielder over the weekend who has a lot to contribute to the team both on and off the field.
“I've been in elimination games, I've been in game 163, I've been in all of those. And actually game 163 with the Detroit Tigers was one of the most exciting games I've ever played in, and unfortunately, we lost. Anything that could happen in that game, did,” said Granderson to Walsh.
On Monday, Curtis Granderson got another chance to see a game 163 and this time his team came out on top. Granderson says he sees a lot he likes from the division champs, “Very relaxed organization, but a very confident organization from top to bottom.”
In 2006, Granderson’s is first full season with the Detroit Tigers, the Tigers made a World Series run behind Granderson and the veteran leadership of Magglio Ordonez, “You get a chance to see how they go about their business and realize as long as I can be kind of be like them should be okay.”
Granderson has been to three World Series. His second was with the Mets in 2015 where they were defeated by Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Joakim Soria and the Kansas City Royals
“As hard as it is to get there, it's even harder to go through the process and win the whole thing so i'm excited to get a chance to be back again,” said Granderson.
The veteran says there's a secret to making a long postseason run, “The team that's out there having a lot of success is the one that's loose, relaxed, having a good time.”
And now the young Brewers will look to Granderson who will set an example. Whether it's Spring Training or Game 7 of the World Series treat them all the same, “I think what happens when you get yourself in a situation you start to think, I gotta be the guy to do more. I gotta hit that 5-run home run -- those don't exist! You weren't trying to do that the previous couple of games, you were trying to get yourself good at bats, you were trying to get on base. Make the routine plays and let everything else kind of take care of itself.”
Granderson loves the roof on Miller Park because the game always starts on time. He grew up in Chicago and never liked the Cubs. He says when he got home from school the Cubs games would preempt his favorite TV show back then which was “Saved by the Bell.”