It’s difficult to imagine a player more universally beloved than Curtis Granderson. Considering how many different teams he played for (seven) and how long his career lasted (16 seasons!) he left only positive feelings behind. His heart, his hustle, and the pure joy he brought to the game were a gift to those around him.
This is more obvious now than ever, as people awakened to news of his retirement, and a flood of well-wishes from across the baseball world came flooding in.
The impact Granderson left on his former teammates, the fans whose lives he touched, and even the reporters, MLB staff, and others he encountered in his 16 year baseball career is impossible to quantify, so we thought we’d gather some of the immediate reactions to the news as they came out on Twitter this morning.
Thank you for what you did for this game! I enjoyed watching and playing against you. Enjoy this next chapter!— Niko Goodrum (@NikoGoodrum) January 31, 2020
Congrats Curtis on a remarkable career! It’s been our pleasure watching you excel both on the field and within the community. Thank you for always being a role models for your teammates and the younger generations of #MLBPlayers. Cheers!— MLBPA (@MLB_PLAYERS) January 31, 2020
Curtis Granderson displayed a rare human touch as a player -- whether he was raising money for charity, traveling abroad to promote the game or organizing team dinners as a bonding ritual. His impact went well beyond the numbers. @MLB_Players @cgrand3 https://t.co/hsvWNjYMeG— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 31, 2020
Congratulations on an incredible career! Thanks for everything you did both on and off the field pic.twitter.com/L9HSonuHOA— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) January 31, 2020
All hustle and heart for 16 years in The Show.— MLB (@MLB) January 31, 2020
Congrats on your retirement, Curtis! pic.twitter.com/i8BDAne9S8
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO— Paul Sporer (@sporer) January 31, 2020
Wow, fun to think about all the ways Grandy can impact the game as a retired player. What a meaningful career. https://t.co/OL7CMD64v7— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) January 31, 2020
This entire thread from for Tigers employee Ron Wade is well worth the read, as well.
My favorite Curtis Granderson memory: May 20, 2006. The @tigers got out to a great start that year, but after decades of not being competitive, fans (myself included) were still skeptical about whether the team was a contender. It’s a Saturday night at Comerica Park...(1/7)— Ron Wade (@ronwade) January 31, 2020
Congratulations on a fantastic career @cgrand3 both on and off the field. From your time in Erie to your years in the bigs, your energy, enthusiasm and love for the game is what it's all about! #MiLB pic.twitter.com/XFW2zUVlsr— Erie SeaWolves (@erie_seawolves) January 31, 2020
Curtis Granderson is one of the ultimate class acts to ever play the game, and it was a privilege to have him in a #Marlins uniform last season. There’s no doubt he’s going to make a huge impact in whatever his next chapter holds. Congrats on a great career. All the best, Grandy! https://t.co/I209ytbQps— Glenn Geffner (@GlennGeffner) January 31, 2020
Congrats on a great career @cgrand3 !! You were always someone I admired for the way you played the game but more importantly the impact you made off the field in your community!! Good luck in your next stages of life— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) January 31, 2020
You’re a legend and hero to many. Love you bro. What you’ve accomplished is amazing and your passion for the game and the community has lead many to follow suit. I’m excited to see you chapter 2!!!!— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) January 31, 2020