While the Yankees were playing their three game series against the Detroit Tigers roughly two weeks ago, Brett Gardner suggested to his teammates that they try growing mustaches, not only as a team building exercise but also as a way to get the team in a positive mind-frame. Fast-forward to May 6, 2015 and the Yankees have a three game lead in the American League East. I guess you could say the reason the Yankees found their recent success is because the power of the mustache.
“Pretty much everybody is on board,’’ Gardner said. “I know it might not look good, but it is kind of a reminder that every time we see each other, that everybody is all in.
“We play hard, we play for each other and we’re having fun.”
Gardner even went as far as getting Alex Rodriguez on board with the mustache trend, and for the first time in a long time, the usually clean-shaven Yankees are going against the norm and trying something different–even if most of the mustaches are horrendous looking.
“I’m trying,’’ Rodriguez said. “but it’s going to take me a long time.’’
Gardner’s teammates view him as one of the main leaders in the clubhouse, even going as far as giving Gardner a locker near Rodriguez’s, a spot that once belonged to the former captain Derek Jeter. Gardner’s first order of business as team leader were the mustaches and so far, it seems to be doing wonders for them. Of course, none of them are going to grow mustaches like Goose Gossage, Thurman Munson and Sparky Lyle, but at the same time it’s entertaining.
All that’s left to wonder is, would Gardner be able to convince Derek Jeter to get on the mustache train if Jeter were still playing today?