During today’s 3-2 win against the Houston Astros, one of the most talked about stories after the game was Brett Gardner hopping over the center field wall to retrieve Chris Young‘s glove after Young lost it on a two-run home run by Chris Carter. However, while most people found it comical, Joe Girardi wasn’t amused with the idea of potentially losing his left fielder due to injury for his Spiderman-like climbing abilities.
“I told him this isn’t, you know, Little League,” Girardi said with a slight laugh, but he also advised Gardner to not try defying stunts in the future.
Gardner figured getting the glove back for Chris Young was the least he could do for his teammate, and said pace of play was the reason he made his move.
“We’re working on pace of game in spring training,” Gardner explained. “And Chris Young was like, ‘You think I’m going to have to jump over there?’ I said, ‘If you’re not going to, I am.’ Otherwise, we’re going to be waiting 10 minutes for someone to go all the way around and get your glove. So I just said, all right, I’ll do it, whatever.”
It was easier for Gardner to get out of the stadium than to get back in. So what would he have done if he couldn’t get back in?
“I would’ve probably walked around back to the player’s lot to my truck and left, maybe,” Gardner said. “If I stayed back there long enough, I guess they would have sent somebody else out to play left field. I would’ve had a quick exit. It worked out all ..read more