Curtis Granderson is a great ambassador for baseball and played in quite a few cities during his career.
After coming up through the Detroit Tigers organization, Granderson then played in New York from 2011 until being traded in 2017. Those first four years were with the Yankees before he went across town to the Mets for the following three-and-a-half seasons.
Granderson was a part of the 2015 Mets team that made it to the World Series and he was impressed with how loud Citi Field was.
Granderson explained that Citi Field was louder than the new Yankee Stadium and clarified some of his comments about New York fans while appearing on the Audacy Original Podcast “Damon Amendolara's New York Accent” this week.
“Playing for the Yankees, anytime we traveled on the road it was absolutely amazing to see the number of people that would fill the road stadium for batting practice. It was nuts,” Granderson said (15:10 in player above). “But then you flip it, we come in 2015 and we get to the World Series and I say this, and this is not a shot one way or the other, in terms of the two stadiums – Citi Field and the new Yankee Stadium –, Citi Field when it was rocking was louder, in my opinion.
“Now, we were in the World Series. I wasn’t in the World Series with the Yankees. It could’ve been louder if we made it to the World Series. But I hadn’t heard anything like that in a while and it was really exciting to see that at Citi Field, especially with that fanbase that I’m sure a lot of people in the game weren’t expecting us to be in the World Series in 2015, but there we were.”
Granderson joined the Yankees in 2010, the year after the Bronx Bombers’ most recent World Series title. While the Yankees didn’t reach the World Series during his time there, they made the ALCS twice.
Neither the Mets or Yankees have made the World Series since 2015, although they were – and are – both among contenders in their respective leagues. When they get back there, Granderson expects it to be grand.
“Once they do get there, I hope both places are electric. I hope you can feel and sense it through the TV if you can’t get a ticket to either stadium,” he said. “I said this going into this year, it would be awesome to see – especially after how much money was spent – it would be great to see a Subway Series for the World Series, and I think that one you would truly get some intensity.”
It's not the World Series, but the Mets are set to host the Yankees for a two-game set at Citi Field this week with both teams looking to break out of a funk.