Curtis Granderson is one of the league's most valuable players, both on and off the field. The Yankees center fielder is an All-Star, a Players Association representative, an international ambassador for Major League Baseball, a children's author, a "Martha Stewart Show" guest, the league leader in RBIs and runs scored and, according to a Sports Illustrated player poll, one of the friendliest guys in the game.
09/08/2011 4:06 PM ET
Big Leaguers Notebook: Sept. 8
Granderson is having an MVP-caliber year
"I still feel like I fly under the radar a lot," said Granderson, who has always remained humble despite his amazing accomplishments. "In the past, I've been at a Walmart or a Target buying potato chips or whatever, and people will stop and look at me like, 'Wow, you're here buying that? You don't have someone who does this for you?' And I'm like, 'Of course I'm here. Why wouldn't I be?" (ESPN.com)
Ian Kinsler and the Rangers always have room for dessert, thanks to batches of cookie creations from fan Shirley Kost. This season, "The Cookie Lady" has baked up more than 4,000 cookies for Rangers players and staff.
"She's definitely a big fan," said Kinsler, who has a soft spot for Kost's snickerdoodles. "I think it's nice that she takes time to do it. It makes for a small-town feel. It's kind of like playing for a summer league team when a family would cook for us." (The Post Game)
Hackensack University Medical Center has renamed its physical therapy and occupational therapy suite in honor of Robinson Cano, after a pledge from the Yankees second baseman's foundation to coordinate a major fundraiser to benefit the children's hospital.
"I'm pleased and honored to be here today," said Cano, who visited with kids at Hackensack University Medical Center and Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital on Tuesday. The foundation is also currently working to provide ambulances and create a 911 call center in Cano's Dominican Republic hometown of San Pedro de Macoris. (Bergen Record)
Vinnie Pestano won a game of bullpen vs. squirrel. (MLB.com)
Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is making "Freak" chic with his new clothing line from Original Retro Brand. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Three years ago, Brandon Beachy went undrafted out of college and spent his time mowing grass at a vineyard in Virginia (Atlanta Journal Constitution). Now he mows down opposing batters as a record-setting rookie pitcher for the Braves. (MLB.com).
Outfield sniper Jeff Francoeur welcomed A's rookie Michael Taylor to the big leagues with a 9-3 laser to rob an RBI. (MLB.com)
Tweet of the Day: "ChewBonifacio #StarWarsMarlins" -- Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins), also known as LoMoD2.
Quote of the Day: "It was a thrill. I came into the game not knowing what to expect and I was a lot less nervous than I thought I would be. It didn't really sink in until the first inning when I was standing in the outfield. I grew up watching the Blue Jays and wanting to play for the Blue Jays. I think any Canadian kid back home dreams the same thing, and for it to finally come true is an unbelievable feeling. I'm glad to be a part of this team." -- British Columbia native Adam Loewen, who made his Major League debut in Toronto on Wednesday. (Toronto Star)