While the outcome of last night’s hard-fought season opener didn’t go the Yankees way, there were still plenty of bright spots and one very memorable moment.
In his first at-bat as a member of the New York Yankees, Curtis Granderson hit a towering home run to the deepest part of Fenway Park, a few feet to the right of the centerfield triangle. The long ball came in the second inning with two outs off Red Sox ace Josh Beckett.
In 2009, Granderson smacked 30 home runs while playing 81 home games in Detroit’s Comerica Park — which is commonly regarded as the most difficult stadium to go yard out of in the majors.
Of Granderson’s 30 homers in 2009, only two came at home. That statistic best illustrates just how limiting Detroit’s home ballpark is for power hitters.
Granderson approaches 2010 with a sense of optimism, thanks to the fact that he will be playing 81 games in Yankee Stadium, which is far less imposing than Comerica Park.
Before Granderson takes his first swing at Yankee Stadium this year, he’ll have at least one home run under his belt. And if I had to guess, he’ll probably hit another one before week’s end.
–Alfred Santasiere III