CHICAGO -- The New York Mets swept the Cubs on their way to the World Series last week. So who's rooting for the Mets here in Chicago? Some faithful fans in the West Loop.
Curtis Granderson is an outfielder for the Mets outfielder and was instrumental in their wins at Wrigley earlier this month.
But there’s still several people in town with a special place in their hearts for him.
Like Mike Dee, who has been the head baseball coach at UIC for 18 years running. And he trained Granderson on campus and the two became friends. They continue to work together on and off the field when they can. Granderson is Coach Dee's pride and joy.
Granderson graduated from UIC in 2003 and later played for the Detroit Tigers, even making it to a World Series. That run ended with a loss, so this may be his next best chance to become a world champion.
Granderson is idolized around UIC. He is a college grad with skills on the field and sportsmanlike conduct off the field. He has a generous heart that just a few years ago prompted him to donate $5 million to build what would become the Curtis Granderson Field on the UIC campus.
Granderson calls Chicago home in the off season. Granderson works out at UIC every day alongside students and his mentor Coach Dee. Together he and the coach want to see this stadium filled with wins, and with kids for years to come. ‘
They are firm, says the coach, education being the end game, not baseball.