Curtis Granderson stood side-by-side with Brett Gardner as the national anthem played Monday night at Yankee Stadium.
When it ended, Granderson hugged his former teammate, then went about trying to beat his former team. Granderson hit a two-run homer in his first game at Yankee Stadium since signing a four-year, $60-million deal this winter with the Mets.
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"It's going to be fun," Granderson said before the Subway Series opener. "I'm looking forward to going out there against former teammates and friends I've made along the way, the coaching staff, the organization. To see the fans out here again is going to be really cool."
Granderson expected a mixed crowd reaction and that's just what he got. Though he heard boos, they paled in comparison to those heard by Robinson Cano in his return to the Bronx earlier this season.
Noah still waiting
Rafael Montero will start Wednesday and Jacob deGrom could soon wind up in the bullpen. But the Mets will wait a bit longer to call up top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard.
"That hasn't factored into the discussion at this point," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "He's pitched well in Las Vegas but right now, he wasn't part of the discussion."
Syndergaard, 21, is 4-2 with a 3.92 ERA in eight starts during his first season in Triple-A.
Alderson played down any rumblings about the job security of manager Terry Collins, whom he credited for keeping the team motivated. "Terry's done an excellent job," Alderson said. "I've said that over three-plus seasons." . . . Despite the pitching shake-up, Daisuke Matsuzaka will continue his transition into a bullpen role . . . Wilmer Flores has been ill but was available to pinch hit . . . Juan Lagares did not start in favor of Eric Young Jr., who singled, doubled and homered.