MLB All-Star Curtis Granderson to Sign Balls at B.I.G. Baseball Opening

By Sam Cholke on January 4, 2014 4:19pm 

 Blue Island, Ill.-native Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets will sign autographs at the grand opening of the B.I.G. Baseball Academy on Saturday.
Blue Island, Ill.-native Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets will sign autographs at the grand opening of the B.I.G. Baseball Academy on Saturday.
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BRONZEVILLE — New York Mets all-star centerfielder Curtis Granderson will be on hand Saturday as a new baseball training center opens on State Street.

The B.I.G. Baseball Academy will celebrate the grand opening of its new facility at 3619 S. State Street from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday with the Blue Island, Ill.-native turned Major League all star. Granderson played college ball at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“I played minor league ball and we had some mutual friends,” said founder Kerron Walker of getting Granderson to come down and sign balls at his new space for training young baseball players.

Walker said the new facility’s batting cages will be open on Saturday for kids to get a few swings in.

“It will pretty much be a real training center,” Walker said of B.I.G. Baseball, which will officially open its doors for private lessons and camps next week.

Tickets for the grand opening celebration are $25 for adults and $15 for kids, which includes a two-hour camp and 30 minutes in a batting cage.
 

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