When Yankees manager Joe Girardi called for Granderson to bunt with two runners on and no outs in the seventh inning on Sunday, all of the center fielder's assertions were put to the test.
Granderson laid one down on left-hander Tim Byrdak's first pitch, advancing the runners to second and third. Four hits and six runs followed in the Yankees' 9-3 win over the Mets, and Granderson -- who hit his second home run in as many games in the first inning -- had passed the test.
"My home run didn't really do anything -- we were losing after that point," Granderson said. "So to go ahead and get runners in scoring position, to allow guys to continue to move on and advance and come across the plate is definitely a big thing and the reason why you want to get runs across the board any way you can."
Granderson said he had no problem bunting, citing his role in the No. 2 spot as a prime reason for the call. It is something he worked on in Spring Training and continues to do as he begins batting practice every day.
But Granderson leads the Yankees this season with 16 home runs and 34 RBIs. Eight of those home runs have come off lefties, making the bunt against the southpaw Byrdak -- who had just come in to face the lefty-hitting Granderson -- all the more surprising.
"His job at that point is to get lefties out, and he gets paid a good amount of money to do it," Granderson said of Byrdak. "There's a good chance that odds are in his favor to be successful in that situation. Here's a potential rally start. Let's not do anything -- I ground into a double-play ball and guys don't move -- let's do it and take advantage of it."