BALTIMORE -- Curtis Granderson can claim something odd for a member of the 2010 Yankees -- he has been to the White House and met President Barack Obama, yet is still looking to win his first World Series.
Granderson met the President in February when he represented Major League Baseball at a White House function to support First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity. They also shook hands at last year's All-Star Game in St. Louis.
"I think for the guys who haven't had a chance to meet the President and go to the White House, it's a learning experience," Granderson said. "From what I heard from the guys I talked to, the biggest parts were the hospital visits beforehand."
When the Yankees went to exchange pleasantries with the President on Monday in the White House's East Room, only members of the 2009 squad were invited.
That meant that six Yankees -- Granderson, Nick Johnson, Boone Logan, Marcus Thames, Javier Vazquez and Randy Winn -- all had a free day to themselves in Baltimore. Not surprisingly, most used it to catch up on sleep after their cross-country flight.
Granderson didn't see any of the coverage on television, but he didn't need to see the President shaking hands with the World Series-winning team to want to be a part of a similar ceremony in 2011.
"I think the motivation is there every year, no matter if the team did it without you," Granderson said. "I think everybody wants to get back there as soon as you can. I had a chance to get close in '06, and ever since then, I've been hungry."