Granderson Flexes Some Muscle, Blasts Two Homers

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Well, so much for taking things slow.

Curtis Granderson hit two home runs in his first two at-bats against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, batting 2-for-3 on the day with three RBI’s.

His first bomb came in the first inning. Rudy Owens walked leadoff hitter Eric Young Jr., who was driven home by a double by Chris Young, and then Grandy went to work.

His second blast came in the very next inning off of Jorge De Leon.

“I hope to see about 25 more of those when the bell rings,” manager Terry Collins said.

Collins had initially said he would take it easy with Granderson, as he has done with David Wright and Daniel Murphy, but Granderson talked him out of it and prefers to play regularly instead.

“The only way I’m going to get ready is to play,” Granderson told ESPN’s Adam Rubin. “I feel like, for me, at-bats help me the most. At the same time, we don’t have to overdo it. We don’t want to fatigue anything.”

“But the body felt fine. Mentally it felt fine. And with the first game being Feb. 28, hey, throw me in there. We’re not going to play nine innings. I know that. We’ll go ahead and pull off. This is only my third game so far. It feels good. And I think that’s a good pace to keep.”

About his big game, Granderson does’t think his performance is indicative of how he will perform this season.

“I’ve had spring trainings where I’ve hit no home runs. I’ve had spring trainings where I’ve hit a lot of home runs,” Granderson said. “I don’t think they’ve correlated too much to the course of the season.”

Either way this was a great showing for the Mets’ $60 million man. It may not mean much in his eyes, but for fans everywhere this sure is a good sign.

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