No, we’re not talking about Gardner’s offensive production mimicking ‘The Warrior’s’.
During the Yankees 8-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night, Gardner was called out on strikes in the sixth inning. The issue was the strike three pitch was clearly a ball. Gardner, who had been doing so well during the Yankees homestand, took his bat to the dugout and lashed out on a nearby recycling bin.
Gardner joked about his epic tantrum after the game.
“I was a little frustrated,” Gardner said. “They’ll probably fine me 15 or 20 bucks and we’ll get a new one next home stand.”
Gardner wasn’t the only one that took offense to Bill Welke’s strike zone. Matt Holliday was just as angry over a called strike three, and after Starlin Castro was called out on a questionable pitch, Joe Girardi barked at the umpire. Unfortunately, calling out Welke’s mistakes led to an ejection.
“It started in the sixth inning with Gardy. And there were four pitches that I felt weren’t strikes. And it’s an important time,” Girardi said. “We’re down a run. A couple strike ones and a couple strike threes. And you’re at the top of your order, and it’s kind of frustrating.”
Girardi’s ejection was just the thing to get the Yankees going, as they rallied from behind and took sole possession of first place going into Thursday’s off-day.
As for Gardner’s bat…he’s going to need a new one. Especially after the bat he used to destroy the garbage can was the one he used during his offensively productive homestand.
But hey, at least Gardner gained some fans for his old school spirit. And I’m sure wherever he is, Paul O’Neill is very proud.