02/24/10 3:55 PM EST
Granderson's goal matches that of Yanks
Outfielder enthusiastic to adapt, win with defending champs
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
There, manager Joe Girardi addressed his entire roster for the first time as a group in 2010. For the team, it served as the start of the pursuit of another World Series title, but for Granderson, it was a completely new beginning altogether.
"It's exciting. It's kind of like the first day of school all over again," Granderson said. "There's a bunch of names that if you quiz me right now, I'll forget them, but that's part of it. You've got to adapt and adjust and learn everybody. That's all part of the process of Spring Training."
In Granderson's first afternoon on the field with the Yankees, he batted on the main field at George M. Steinbrenner Field, taking his cuts in a group alongside Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Francisco Cervelli.
"You come in, and you understand what it takes to win," Granderson said. "You've got to work -- nothing is going to be handed to you. We're going to work hard and it all comes from this clubhouse and the team. If we don't want it and we don't go out there and do it, it's not going to happen."
Girardi said that his meeting with the team was short, and highlighted by the playing of a video and a short speech.
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"We talked about a lot of the things we did right," Girardi said. "It's important that there are new faces here, new challenges in front of us, because every season is different, whether you have the same faces or not. We're going to go through certain things, and the importance of being a strong unit and a team."
The next few weeks should offer some resolution for Granderson in particular. Not only are the Yankees toying with the idea of moving him from center field to left field if they believe Brett Gardner rates better defensively, but Granderson could bounce around the lineup depending on what the club wants to do with designated hitter Nick Johnson.
"It could be anywhere [in the lineup] from [Nos.] 1-9," Granderson said. "That's kind of how my situation was in Detroit. It could be anywhere, and wherever it happens to be, I'm going to look forward to it and be ready for it."
Granderson said that at least one belief he had from his Tigers vantage point held true through Day 1.
"The big thing that [Girardi] mentioned, which I can attest to being on the other side, is that the bulls-eye is always on the Yankees' back," Granderson said. "No matter how good or bad they are, or what they did the previous year, everybody wants to go and beat New York."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.