Curtis Granderson’s generosity in region preceded him joining Dodgers – Orange County Register
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run on an RBI single from teammate Adrian Gonzales in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel)
Dodgers left fielder Curtis Granderson slams into the padded wall as he attempts to catch the walk-off home run hit by the Pirates’ Josh Harrison (not pictured) during the 10th inning. The home run was the only hit allowed by Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill, who took a perfect game into the ninth inning. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
The Dodgers’ Curtis Granderson rounds third base after hitting a go-ahead home run off Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl, center, in the fourth inning of Thursday’s 5-2 victory in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Dodgers fans wave flags and cheer as Curtis Granderson is greeted by manager Dave Roberts after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth inning of a game, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Curtis Granderson looks skyward as he enters the dugout after his solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Los Angeles Dodgers Curtis Granderson follows the flight of his fly out during the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, August 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Los Angeles Dodgers Curtis Granderson warms up in the outfield before playing the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Detroit. Granderson was traded to the Dodgers Friday night. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel)
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.”