Curtis Granderson was introduced as a member of the New York Mets on Tuesday, and the outfielder sent a zinger toward his old team in his introductory press conference.
While fielding questions from the assembled media, Granderson mentioned that he has been told that “true New Yorkers are Mets fans,” despite the fact that he spent his last four seasons in pinstripes.
Granderson: "There are 30 ballparks and pros and cons with each one. A lot of people have told me true New Yorkers are Mets fans."—
New York Mets (@Mets) December 10, 2013
Both clubs struggled on the field in 2013 — and with young ace Matt Harvey lost for next season to Tommy John surgery, the future doesn’t look especially bright in Queens — but the Yankees held a decided advantage in attendance. Despite often crippling ticket costs at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers averaged 40,488 fans per home game, nearly 15,000 more than the crosstown Mets (26,695).
The Wilpon family hopes that the signing of Granderson, who instantly becomes the team’s top power hitter, will help reverse this trend in 2014.
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