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NY YANKEES CURTIS GRANDERSON HOLDS BASEBALL CLINIC IN LANSING, IL. BY JOHN SMIERCIAK
Date: 8/8/2013 Album ID: 1689868
Photos by John Smierciak
LANSING | It’s not every day youth league baseball players are asked for their autographs by major league ballplayers. But that was part of the experience for 30 baseball players from the Lansing and Lynwood Little League programs who participated in a special game on Thursday coordinated by New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson -- a Lynwood native and alumnus of T.F. South High School. Granderson, in exchange for his support, was presented a special jersey signed by all the players who participated in Thursday’s game played at the Lansing Sports Complex. “No one’s ever asked for my autograph,” said 12-year-old Justin Krueger of Lansing, who said he was looking forward to meeting Granderson even though his favorite player is Paul Konerko of the White Sox. Each of the kids participating in the game received a special jersey identifying them as “Grand Kids,” and also bearing a slogan on the back telling them to “Work Hard. Stay Focused. Dream Big.” They also were given special medallions resembling the one Granderson wears during games. Granderson picked up the tab for the jerseys and medallions, and also spent about 40 minutes engaging in workouts with the kids prior to them playing a ballgame Granderson briefly watched. Granderson said his purpose was to encourage kids to enjoy baseball. “It’s an opportunity to teach them something about the game, while they have fun,” he said. Granderson played in the Lansing-based Babe Ruth League when he was 13 through 18, and received a tour of the current facilities which earlier this year underwent improvements to its infield with Granderson also picking up the tab.