Granderson fundraiser hoops game still on for Jan. 24

What began as Curtis Granderson’s annual offseason fundraiser has now become his chance to say thank-you and goodbye to his fans in metro Detroit. Before the former Tigers All-Star heads off to Spring Training with the Yankees, he’ll host a collection of local athletes and personalities on the basketball court for his third annual Celebrity Shootout on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Mich.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Grand Kids Foundation, which will continue to try to enhance the lives of students in Michigan’s inner cities and emphasize the importance of education.

Granderson was in the planning stages of the event when he was traded to the Yankees Dec. 9 for Austin Jackson and Phil Coke. He decided to continue on with the fundraiser.

“This will also be an emotional event on a personal level, as it will be somewhat of a goodbye from me to the fans and the city that have supported me so strongly throughout my career so far,” Granderson said in a statement. “I hope that those fans can pack the gym and also raise a lot of money for inner city education in Michigan.”

Granderson will serve as a referee for the game. Detroit Pistons star Ben Gordon and University of Michigan coaching legend Lloyd Carr will serve as coaches.

Among the former local collegiate stars scheduled to attend are former Michigan Fab Five members Jalen Rose and Jimmy King, both of whom currently work as basketball analysts on television. Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard will also be taking part, as will former Michigan State football standout and NFL running back T.J. Duckett plus ex-NBA player Jeff Grayer.

Shootout players on the celebrity side include reigning World Series of Poker champion Joe Cada, a Detroit area native, as well as FSN Detroit anchor/reporter Trevor Thompson, Dateline NBC correspondent Chris Hansen, ESPN personalities Jemele Hill and Dana Jacobson, Biggest Loser season 7 winner Helen Phillips and runner-up Mike Morelli, local traffic reporter Erin Nicole and Fathead.com CEO Pat McInnis.

Tickets cost $30 for adults and $25 for students with a valid student ID, and are available online at grandkidsfoundation.org and curtisgranderson.com. Admission is free for kids ages two and younger.

16 Comments

Reading this article gives me those same feelings of anger, frustration and sadness I felt when I first heard that Curtis was no longer a Tiger.
Curtis, you are a fantastic ballplayer and an even better human being. I wish you the best of luck with your new team.
I really hope we as fans are able to see the benefits of trading Granderson or that will be something that will NEVER be forgiven

This is an in-your-face reminder that the loss of Granderson cannot be weighed. It may make sense on a dollars and cents basis, or even on a baseball basis, but the intangibles Curtis brought to Detroit can’t be replaced.
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Whether in favor of the trade or not, I’m sure everyone will agree that this is a sad event in the history of the Detroit Tigers.
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–Rich

Granderson WAS my Tiger. I will still wear my Granderson home jersey to the games I attend, Whitecaps and at Comerica. I still have a Travis Fryman poster on the wall in my rec room. Hey Rich, how does this compare the the Rocky Colavito trade? I was a little too young to remember. Baseball has become such a business. There is no price you can put on a guy like Curtis.
Go Tigers 2010! –Dave

If you mean Colavito for Kuenn, I was too young to remember much. I do remember when they traded Rocky away. He had been immensely popular in 1961 with his 45 homers, 142 or so RBIs and .290 BA, topped off with his Italian good looks. By the end of 1963, however, those numbers had dropped to 22 homers and a .270 BA (I’d take that now) and he’d become a target of the boo birds. It was a big story but doesn’t compare to the Granderson trade. If I remember correctly, the Tigers got Dave Wickersham who won 19 games in 1964, then faded. Colavito likewise had a good year in Cleveland in 1965 then also faded. I think Jerry Lumpe was in that deal too. You can check Baseball-reference.com to verify my memory.
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Oh, and Colavito had a reputation for never refusing an autograph. He was popular with the kids. I got one when he was with KC.
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–Rich

I was 7 years old. My Uncle has told me some stories about him. I think Rocky came in and pitched also. I will see my Unc at my house on Christmas and we will be talking baseball (and Lions, ugh). He is not a Leyland fan either. I can’t wait to hear the talk about Granderson. My Mom, Aunt, and Daughter are also HUGE Tiger fans. –Dave

Oh, Grandy will be missed by so many, I see him already making a difference in so many lives, and I see him continuing that beyond his career in baseball.

There was a photo in the paper the other day with Curtis wearing a Yankee’s jersey – of all teams, the Yanks. Ugh.

I am not a big fan of the Curtis Granderson trade, nor for that matter, Edwin Jackson. Curtis was such a natural fit in Motown and he will be greatly missed. He was, IMHO, a tad over-rated though. He was certainly improperly used. His base stealing skills and on-base potential was largely ignored by Leyland’s style of managing. He will find himself in NY where he will not have to be the “face of the franchise” or the straw that stirs the drink. I think he will grow as a ballplayer there and was doomed to mediocrity in Motown. Best of luck to him and the NY fans who will recognize and enjoy his talents.
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Dusty Ryan gone! Bad move. This guy (speaking of Rocky Colavito), reminds me much of the rock–with his cannon-like arm, line drive power and physique. If he ever learns the trick of being a big man behind the plate (like Mauer did), he could be a very good ballplayer.
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Tigers would do well to do something momentous with Bonderman. Either convert him (he will never learn a 3rd pitch) or trade him. He has one of the best sliders around (or at least did have), and some pennant contender might just take a chance on him.
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Kinda glad we didn’t get Pierre but also bad the Sox did. Wouldn’t mind seeing Podsednik here for a year. He’s a gamer.
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If Leyland can’t manage this young bunch better than he did the veteran bunch I think it would be quite clear he has got to go.
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Funny nobody seems much interested in Brandon Inge.
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We are once again no “closer to a closer”. Yikes!

Feliz Navidad to all.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
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It became obvious when the Tigers failed to offer arbitration to Polanco that we’re going back to being a small market team. Players will be put on the field with the hope that there will be “magical seasons” that result in an occasional postseason appearance.
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It’s too bad that our little multi-year attempt at running with the big boys was managed by Jim Leyland and his friends. Well, it was mostly fun while it lasted.
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–Rich

So we got a little ‘figurative’ coal in our stockings this year….And we all thought we already knew the true meaning of “hope and dream.” Marcus gone, Curtis gone, Placido gone, Edwin gone. Just remember that great altruism, “Tis more blessed to give than to receive. And you’ll be just fine.” It was a pretty cool year.
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Anyway, I just want to wish all my blogging friends out there a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Marty

When I went to vote for the best play of the year on the Detroit Tiger website, I just broke down watching Raburn hitting that walk-off and seeing Thames, Grandy, Polly jumping around homeplate. I sure will miss that group of guys. Looking forward to spring, though. Anxious to see what we’ve got. Who’s gonna close for us?

And, Merry Christmas everybody!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
I trust everyone enjoyed and are enjoying their Holidays.

I had to share this. Some of you know Granderson is (was) my Tiger and my kids got me the home jersey for my birthday.

Well, my Daughter and Son-In-Law just got me a framed picture of Justin Verlander’s no hitter!

He is now my Tiger and if they ever trade JV………

This site is quiet. The days are getting longer and Spring is almost here. Go Tigers, 2010! –Dave

Hello to everybody :) Just came to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! New year is a year of tiger, so perhaps it will bring some magic for our team. Have a nice holidays!

Granderson’s game saving catch against Grady Sizemore was, hands down, the best play of the 2009 Tiger season. It’s not a close call. Is this website so determined to make us forget the horrible trade that sent Granderson to New York that they’re willing to censor his great plays and pretend they didn’t happen?

Strange, ain’t it? It’s like Grandy never existed. Kind of puts the lie to that “Always a Tiger” business.
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–Rich

Hope you all had a terrific Christmas and New Year. Sad to see us lose so many players, but maybe the powers have a better crystal ball than us – doubt it though! Soon we’ll be talking about spring training, although looking out my window at snow makes me think it will be forever until then.

I see the Laird brothers got themselves into some trouble over the holidays! I asked for a bunch of Tiger stuff for Christmas from my husband and he said he couldn’t find a thing – hard to believe living just an hour from the ballpark – is this a bad sign for 2010? I surely hope not! Guess I’ll wait until my birthday!!!

Let’s wish for a positive, injury free year!

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