When the Yankees returned to Cincinnati for their two-game series against the Reds, it was at a place that hosted one of the best moments in Brett Gardner‘s career.
The Great American Ballpark was where Gardner made his first career appearance as an American League All-Star.
“Obviously some good memories here,” Gardner said after the Yankees defeated the Reds 10-4 on Monday night. “Good to have my kids on the field for the Home Run Derby, stuff like that. Stuff that I’ll definitely cherish forever, never forget. That was a special time for sure.”
On Monday, Gardner made more good memories at Great American Ballpark, crushing his sixth home run in his last nine games. Since then, Gardner is hitting .375/.432/.875 and currently is the owner of an 11-game hit streak. Gardner’s hot bat is a nice change from when he hit .188/.216/.234 in his first 18 games of the season. However, Joe Girardi believes the reason Gardner struggled was due to his first base collision with Rickie Weeks.
“You often wonder if that collision affected him,” Girardi said. “You want to say no, but sometimes soreness in some spots may cause you to swing a little bit different and it just messes you up.”
It appears the collision had affected both parties; Weeks ended up hitting .118/.286/.147 in his first 11 games after that.
“It affected me in some ways, I’m sure, but I’m not sure how much,” Gardner said. “If that hadn’t happened, I may have struggled even more so for the next few weeks. You never can tell. I’m not one to try and pinpoint things.
“I’m feeling good. That’s the main thing.”
And he’s looking good as well. Almost reminiscent to Gardner’s All-Star season a mere two years ago.