Gran­der­son gives Brew­ers an up­beat, veteran pres­ence

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - GENARO C. ARMAS

MIL­WAU­KEE — Cur­tis Gran­der­son rounded first base and kept go­ing. He reached sec­ond, stopped and turned around to smile back to­ward the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers dugout.

Gran­der­son’s trade­mark en­thu­si­asm is ev­i­dent even in an off-day work­out in the post-sea­son

The Brew­ers re­turned to

Miller Park on Tues­day, where a hand­ful of play­ers in­clud­ing Gran­der­son took part in a lim­ited ses­sion. Mil­wau­kee beat the Colorado Rock­ies on Sun­day to ad­vance to Ma­jor League Base­ball’s Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries, when they will host the Los An­ge­les

Dodgers start­ing Fri­day night.

That means four days in be­tween games for the surg­ing Brew­ers, who have won 11 in a row.

“It’s a chance to rest up a lit­tle bit, guys that are banged up get a chance to heal up,” Gran­der­son said.

There could be a down side, too. Gran­der­son would know since he’s played in 59 games over eight post-sea­son ap­pear­ances.

“Con side of it is, base­ball is one of those games where you play a lot games in a row over the course of the sea­son ... so con­sis­tency in play­ing is a good thing,” he said.

The 37-year-old Gran­der­son speaks with an easy­go­ing de­meanour, but also with the kind of author­i­ta­tive voice of some­one who has played 15 years in the ma­jors.

Af­ter six years with the Detroit Tigers, the out­fielder moved on to an eight-year stint in New York — four each with the Yan­kees and Mets.

Gran­der­son has been on the move a lot over the last two sea­sons, hav­ing been traded from the Mets to the Dodgers in 2017. He started this year with the

Blue Jays be­fore the Brew­ers ac­quired him on Aug. 31 for a mi­nor lea­guer.

The ad­di­tion of Gran­der­son, along with the trade for Mike Mous­takas from the Roy­als in July and the re­turn of Lorenzo Cain via free agency in Jan­uary, added three post-sea­son vet­er­ans to a club­house that was rel­a­tively short on play­off ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Well, their big­gest in­flu­ence is that they’ve — I think they’ve played well. That’s their big­gest in­flu­ence,” man­ager Craig Coun­sell said last week. “I think for play­ers, ex­pe­ri­ence is a great teacher ... and so these are guys that have used the ex­pe­ri­ence to their ad­van­tage.

Gran­der­son hit .220 with two home runs and three RBIs in 19 games with Mil­wau­kee, serv­ing mainly as a left-handed bat off the bench. He has been im­pressed with the team’s abil­ity to stay loose, while at the same time not get­ting too high or too low.

“You have to en­joy the mo­ment. Don’t make any (it) more pres­sure-sen­si­tive than it al­ready is. The pres­sure is al­ways there. just con­tinue to have fun,” Gran­der­son said.

Play­ing mainly off the bench, Gran­der­son might ben­e­fit from the off-day work­out on Tues­day more than regulars like Christian Yelich and Cain, who were not on the field.

It doesn’t sim­u­late a game sit­u­a­tion, but any lit­tle bit will help, too, to stay fresh.

“You’re try­ing to get ready to roll so you can be ready for those days. But it’s a sim­i­lar chal­lenge we’re go­ing to be fac­ing that the Dodgers are go­ing to be fac­ing,” he said. “They only got one ex­tra day of rest.”

NOTES: Coun­sell said the team had a con­ver­sa­tion about ros­ter makeup on Tues­day and an­other one Wed­nes­day. Any ros­ter changes aren’t due un­til Fri­day morn­ing. Af­ter go­ing with a bullpen day in Game 1 against Colorado, the Brew­ers may have to make some changes to their pitch­ing staff. “There’s a po­ten­tial for seven games in nine days in­stead of five in seven days, so that’s a dif­fer­ent equa­tion,” Coun­sell said.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers' Cur­tis Gran­der­son cel­e­brates af­ter a home run. The ex-Toronto Blue Jay has moved around a lot, but of­fers ex­pe­ri­ence.

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