Michael Baron: It’s been a tough stretch to start the year. How do you mitigate a slump like this during the game?
Curtis Granderson: You go ahead and say, 'I can’t get everything back in one at-bat, I got to take this one pitch at a time,' and understand what the opposing pitcher is trying to do at that time and what the situation is. If it’s a situation where I can get the runner over, let me get a pitch where I can do that. If I gotta get the runner in, I gotta do that. ... I just have to continue to drive that point home, and realize I can’t get it all back at one time.
Michael Baron: Do you go about your at-bats differently at Citi Field, as opposed to some other parks you’ve played in the American League?
Curtis Granderson: I haven’t. There are sometimes where you might have a glare in certain stadiums, but this isn’t one of them. It depends on how that glare is - it could be for an inning or an at-bat. Out of all the stadiums I’ve played in, there really isn’t much difference you take where you say, 'OK, because the stadium is shaped this way, I’m going to do something a little bit different this time around.’ I’ve never really looked at it that way. You still have to get a pitch to drive, and if you can drive it, you can do some things with it.
Michael Baron: Do you find playing right field in Citi Field to be a bigger challenge?
Curtis Granderson: It’s not necessarily a bigger challenge. It has been a little windier to start the season, but it’s been windy on the east coast in general. Whenever you have wind, it’s another element you have to keep in mind, and look at which flags you can rely on to get your reads and judges on. It’s a learning experience in every stadium you go to. Each stadium has it’s own characteristics in terms of what the wind is doing.
The big thing is realizing if this is a wall I can possibly go into or if it’s a wall I need to be careful of, because I have to worry about my health.
Michael Baron: It’s early, but what have been some of the nice things about playing in the National League so far?
Curtis Granderson: I like watching the pitchers hit. It’s always something I enjoyed during inter-league play. Whether it’s a guy that can hit, or just a guy who is looking to move the runners over, it’s something I’ve enjoyed.