Curtis Granderson’s generosity in region preceded him joining Dodgers – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES — The Santa Ana Valley High School football team was about to play its second game of the season. It could have been any Saturday in September – Curtis Granderson wasn’t sure the year – but this game happened to be on Sept. 10, 2011.

Granderson was in town because his New York Yankees were playing the Angels. Santa Ana Valley held a freshman pep rally that Friday, Sept. 9. The Yankees did not, so Granderson set aside time to visit the school, which sits in a working-class neighborhood 6.5 miles south of Angel Stadium.

“I think the team was pretty decent,” Granderson recalled Sunday, “but there was a lack of – I don’t want to call it school spirit – but just school participation.”

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