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Curtis Granderson blogs over at Yahoo Sports, and put forth an eloquent post about Alex Rodriguez:
When people ask about Alex, I just remain truthful. He is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen. His drive and passion to win are above any individual accomplishments he could achieve. On top of all that, he is an amazing teammate. After the trade, he called me within minutes to welcome me to the team. Other players followed, but he made that first phone call and made me feel welcome. When I came to New York for my press conference to be announced as a Yankee a week later, Alex flew in from Florida to show his support. He has helped me with everything else in New York from hitting to which route is the best to take home after a game.
I think it’s easier for people to get caught up and judge people based on what they see on “SportsCenter,” or read on Page 6 or even here on Big League Stew, but just remember that you don’t always get the whole story that way. I’ve had a lot of teammates in my career when you consider my time in the minor leagues, in Detroit and here in New York. But there is no doubt that Alex Rodriguez is one of the best teammates I’ve ever had.
Granderson seems like a pretty straightforward fellow, and I have absolutely no reason to doubt him when he says that Alex Rodriguez is an excellent teammate. As I say every single time I highlight a story like this, Alex is not perfect, and I am certain that he has had some poor relationships with teammates in the past. But everything we hear from the players themselves seems to contradict the media driven narrative that “he will never quite fit in.” That is one storyline that simply needs to disappear.
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