Don’t Let Your “Gard” Down: Yankees’ Gardner Keeps on Turning Heads

Brett Gardner is one of the most clutch Yankees, as his two walk-off hits in three days can justify against the rival Rays.

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

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Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner Key to Yankees’ Success

The New York Yankees go as Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner go.

The 2016 New York Yankees’ season has not gone according to plan for anyone, but things are not as bad as they might seem. Thanks to a recent 4-game winning streak, the Yankees are only 2 games below .500 and only 3.5¬†games back out of the Wild Card.

This newfound success can be directly correlated to the surge of the top of the Yankees’ lineup, specifically in Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner.

Thanks to Ellsbury and Gardner’s rediscovered¬†offense, the Yankees are much closer to a playoff team now than they were when their 1-2 hitters in the lineup were scuffling. Continue reading