"Granderson Gives the Yankees an All-Star Without Pretension."
It's true: it's a lack of pretension that makes Granderson unique among his peers; most prominent baseball players are of course incredibly pretentious. To wit:
-Last weekend, I saw Adam Dunn at Tiny Cup, reading The Collected Stories of J.G. Ballard. In a keffiyeh.
-Kenji Johima's Flickr page has a whole album of self-portraits with lens flare.
-It's a running joke in the Cubs clubhouse how Aramis Ramirez calls every movie he doesn't like "a complacent bougie stroke-off." Even Avatar!
-Historically, Jim Palmer's insistence on applying a neo-Marxist interpretive framework to even Romantic poetry alienated him from the rest of the Baltimore Orioles starting rotation, who favored a more hermeneutic approach (it's a testament to Earl Weaver's skills as a manager that this profound schism didn't interfere with the team's success).
Pitchers and catchers report this week, guys!