Brett Gardner has been with the Yankees long enough to the point where he has seen many different phases of the team: he was with the team as a rookie in 2008 when they said goodbye to the old Yankee Stadium, was a part of the World Series Champion 2009 squad, established himself as an MLB regular when the Yankees were still contenders, and then saw his friends and teammates grow older, and eventually retire. And now, in 2017, on a club that has only made the playoffs once in the past four years, Brett Gardner, the longest-tenured Yankee, has morphed into that same veteran presence that helped ease his transition into the league almost 10 years ago.
The Yankees of today are a team built for the future: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Luis Severino, and Gary Sanchez, among others, are no older than 25 years old and look to be the cornerstones of a future dynasty. And right there beside them is Brett Gardner, the old man of the bunch, the trusty veteran to show the kids the ropes. Continue reading