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Gardner shows off for his little boy

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 25, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brett Gardner had 127 at-bats without a home run in the majors last season. But he took the second pitch of the game over the fence in right field. His wife Jessica and three-month-old son Hunter were at the game.

“I don’t know if he saw it but he was here and it will be a good story to tell him about the first game he ever went to,” said Gardner, who took his son into the clubhouse to show him off when he came out of the game.

Gardner was 1 for 3 in the game.

No audio clips today. All the interviews were outside and the wind screwed up the sound. Hopefully tomorrow.

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94 Responses to “Gardner shows off for his little boy”

  1. Phil February 25th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    He needs maybe 8 of those this year and lots of walks.

  2. JoeyA February 25th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Good for Brett and his son.

    I wonder if Brett saw the poll on this blog.

    Don’t we have enough players with kids to make a kids little league team?

  3. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    go Brett. Keep getting on base.

    we need your type, on this team.

  4. RGR February 25th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Brett Gardner, 2009 CFer

  5. Doreen February 25th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Aww, that is sooooo sweet. What a great memory to have. :)

  6. m February 25th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Great start to a great season.

    Babies in the clubhouse=good

    A-rod stories=bad

  7. 24 Score February 25th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    What about ARod’s babies in the clubhouse?

  8. Statsney February 25th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I love Gardner if he can hit around 250-260 draw some walks and is good bunter he will be a huge asset for the team. He could steal 50 bases and he covers a lot of ground in center which you need with Damon and Nady playing the corners.

  9. Soul February 25th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    After listening to Swisher’s interview with Kay today… I want him to retire a Yankee.

    Players like him who can be themselves in the pressure cooker of NY do not exist. Keep him around for a while, don’t even shop him around.

  10. GMAN February 25th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Gardner is planting himself as the starting CF this season!

    Go Brett!

    Also, the Yanks will hopefully have some people shadow the younger players like Brett and Joba to make sure they walk the straight and narrow! To be young and have money, live in Manhattan…and be a Yankee!!!! Too many temptations…too many hangers on.

  11. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    yes. If Gardner is able to bunt for the base hit, it could mean make or break him. At this time, practicing bunting should be as important as working on his hitting.

  12. Chris February 25th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Hunter Gardner….well which one is it?

  13. Phil February 25th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Swisher was 0-1 with 2 Walks today. Nice start!

  14. JoeyA February 25th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    What does everyone think about the RF platoon of Swisher/Nady vs. LF platoon Swisher/Damon?

    I know Damon is paid a lot of money and needs the AB’s, but Swisher has to be our best defensive corner OF.

    Thoughts?

  15. Bayron February 25th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Gardner must be on PED’s!!!

  16. James February 25th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    would you take a 280 average, 7 homeruns and 50 rbi’s in 460 at bats from brett? Melky did that his rookie year.

  17. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    “Gardner must be on PED’s!!”

    it wasn’t funny the first time.

  18. m February 25th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I would take any kind of production from Gardner. He’s a fighter, though. He’s not going to cheat the fans out of good at-bat.

  19. Steinbooga February 25th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I hope Gardner kills the ball this spring. Make the team Brett!

    NO MORE MELKY PLEASE!

  20. Statsney February 25th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Swisher is a moneyball player I dont think Cashman would trade him.

  21. Bayron February 25th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Definitely PED’s! No strength last year!

  22. garnder February 25th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Wishful thinking. I wish Gardner could hit 240. Maybe he will but I doubt it. I worry that the Yankees will keep him in there because of his “potential”. They will need him to hit at least 240-250 to make it work

  23. Cor Shep February 25th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I really thought Pete was joking when he said Gardner leads off with a home run haha.. I was like Pete I knew you too well.. glad I was wrong. What a great start tho.

    Homer from Arod, walks from Swisher, hits by Miranda-Cano-Jackson-Montero, plus great pitching…

    OPENING DAY CANT COME SOONER

  24. JoeyA February 25th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    the PED jokes are not even funny guys. REALLY.

    They are completely unoriginal and only encourage frustration and anger.

    Come on, let’s step up the humor a bit. PED jokes = fart jokes, no intelligence behind them

  25. Steve M February 25th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    They’re all from the same guy.

    Tomorrow is an exciting day. First televised game of the year…first chance to see Melancon for me, and our first chance of the spring to see Phil Hughes after his successful Arizona Fall League appearance.

  26. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 25th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    How cute. :D

  27. blah blah blah February 25th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Brett Gardner had 127 at-bats without a home run in the majors last season. But he took the second pitch of the game over the fence in right field.

    In an unrelated news, a unidentified white person was seen trying to sneak in the back of Alex Rodriguez’ SUV this afternoon. The person was described as fast and scrappy.

  28. JoeyA February 25th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Ricky Henderson was a great base stealer, but today, I am the greatest of all time. thank you – brett gardner

  29. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Now if we can get Gardner to draw walks, he’d be unstoppable. Whats that year record for stolen bases again?

  30. darkmoonfire February 25th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Meanwhile … Melky Cabrera was sticking pins in his Brett Gardner doll.

    Good for Brett. I hope there’s a lot more of those, but infield singles will do.

    Pete -

    How was Cano? Has his plate discipline improved any do you think?

  31. keyswahili February 25th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    You guys are delusional morons.He hits one meaningless HR in a meaningless game and you retards already have him a starting CF. Yeah right!!!!! What boneheads!!!!!! He is nothing more than a #9 hitter who will strike out a lot and won’t hit much for much of an average. Having speed and stealing bases doesn’t mean anything if you can’t get on base. something he couldn’t do with much consistency last season. He needs to go back down and cut down on his strike outs. A .250 hitter will a huge asset? LMAO!!!!!! Put that crack pipe down and walk away slowly,you guys sound like delusional morons on crack!!!!! Your parents must be so proud of you.

  32. dan l February 25th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    What pitch did Gardner hit out? Where was it located?

  33. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    “retards”

    Is that even politically correct these days?

    “He needs to go back down and cut down on his strike outs.”

    Cant we say the same thing about AJAX?

    “A .250 hitter will a huge asset? LMAO!!!!!!”

    IMO Melky will get the center field job back. But which ever player wins the spot. As long as they can play good defense and bat over .250 with the lineup we have, I dont see a problem. We’re talking about the #9 hitter.

  34. pat February 25th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    I like a good fight for a position. It adds to the excitement level in camp. Good start for Gardner today.

  35. Betsy February 25th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks for posting this, Pete. As much as I love hearing baseball nuggets, I almost love hearing personal stories more – it helps me get more emotionally attached to the players.

    I can just picture this baby being passed around from player to player, lol. I hope Brett doesn’t become homer happy – he needs to keep the ball on the ground. Nonetheless, good start. I like hearing that Swish walked twice as well – someone else mentioned in a prior thread that at one point, Swish was 0-2, and pointed out that it was very encouraging that Swish did not try and hit a grand slam. I completely agree. ST is the time to settle into good habits, not form bad ones which might prove tough to break.

  36. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    “Ricky Henderson was a great base stealer, but today, I am the greatest of all time. thank you – brett gardner”

    lol. good one.

  37. Name (required) February 25th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Melky gets CF just because of the options.

  38. keyswahili February 25th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Gardner will be lucky to hit .250 regardless of where he plays, that’s not much of an positive for a team. Who cares if “Retard” is politically correct or not “F” political correctness, it hasn’t done a damn thing to help improve this country, just make it into a joke.

  39. dan l February 25th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Melky stinks! He has been a below MLB average hitter for the last 2 year. He defense is not as good as most make it out to be. AAA or see ya Melkman!

  40. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    keyswahili
    February 25th, 2009 at 6:56 pm
    You guys are delusional morons.He hits one meaningless HR in a meaningless game and you retards already have him a starting CF. Yeah right!!!!! What boneheads!!!!!! He is nothing more than a #9 hitter who will strike out a lot and won’t hit much for much of an average. Having speed and stealing bases doesn’t mean anything if you can’t get on base. something he couldn’t do with much consistency last season. He needs to go back down and cut down on his strike outs. A .250 hitter will a huge asset? LMAO!!!!!! Put that crack pipe down and walk away slowly,you guys sound like delusional morons on crack!!!!! Your parents must be so proud of you.

    ————————————————————

    I never thought it could be done. You have actually out-Stuart Littled Stuart Little. He’s has never been able to use “delusional morons: (twice), “retards”, “boneheads” and still have enough breath left to accuse people of smoking crack and reminding all of how proud are parents must be, and do it all in one paragraph. Well done, you “crack smoking”, “delusionally moronic”, “retarded”, “boneheaded” little person with the proud parents.

  41. Gary February 25th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Players like Nick Swisher are always good to have on a roster. He knows how to work the strike zone to drive up pitch counts.

  42. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Betsy
    February 25th, 2009 at 7:16 pm
    Thanks for posting this, Pete. As much as I love hearing baseball nuggets, I almost love hearing personal stories more – it helps me get more emotionally attached to the players.

    I can just picture this baby being passed around from player to player, lol. I hope Brett doesn’t become homer happy – he needs to keep the ball on the ground. Nonetheless, good start. I like hearing that Swish walked twice as well – someone else mentioned in a prior thread that at one point, Swish was 0-2, and pointed out that it was very encouraging that Swish did not try and hit a grand slam. I completely agree. ST is the time to settle into good habits, not form bad ones which might prove tough to break.

    ————————————————————

    If Gardner plans on being on this team, he needs to make sure Junior has the good sense to not use Jeter clothes as a diaper.

  43. m February 25th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Guess the Yankees:

    http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com/

    Scroll all the way down.

  44. Jermaine D'Twan Monroe-Gibbons February 25th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Steroids??

  45. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “Melky gets CF just because of the options”

    then i should get to ‘play Billy Crystal’ this year, just becasue i’m a fan.

  46. Soul February 25th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    The most impressive thing from today was Swisher going from 0-2 to walking, with the bases loaded and no outs in a Spring Training game.

    Joe liked it too….

    Also standing out on Wednesday was Nick Swisher, who started in right field and walked twice, including one to force in a run in the fifth inning. It is just what the Yankees look for from Swisher, who saw 4.53 pitches per plate appearance last season to lead the majors.

    “He saw more pitches per at-bat than anyone last year, and that’s exactly what he did today,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s a long out. Very seldom are you going to get him to make a quick out, and that’s important.”

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/

  47. jennifer February 25th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Brett should have his son at every game. :)

  48. rodg12 February 25th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    m -
    Starting at the far left and only counting people’s whose whole faces you can see….

    Don’t Know (DK), Nady, Coke?, Jeter, DK, Jorge, DK, Tex, ARod.

  49. DelusionalMoronRetard February 25th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Over the course of four minor league seasons, and 1456 at-bats, Brett Gardner struck out
    290 times and walked 233 times. He compiled an .OBP of .389. He showed improvement every year in the minors, and hit .294 with an .OBP of .340 over the months of August-September in the Major Leagues, continuing that trend.
    This proves that Keyswahili is not simply wrong, but that he ought to look in the mirror before he starts hurling insults around.

  50. Betsy February 25th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    http://blogs.trb.com/sports/baseball/blog/

    Here’s some good stuff from Davidoff, particularly:

    So what has been going on in this year’s Yankees camp? Everyone has emitted positive vibes. CC Sabathia is relaxed and easygoing. A.J. Burnett has an edge to him, but so far, it feels more like a “Bring on the Red Sox!” edge than an “I don’t think I’m gonna like it here” one. He’s in terrific shape and throwing the ball well.

    Mark Teixeira is incredibly friendly and takes his job very seriously. It was fun watching Teixeira yesterday, fielding pop flies and working on the 3-5 play, firing perfect tthrows to Alex Rodriguez.

    That doesn’t mean that Burnett won’t start the year on the disabled list, or that Sabathia will struggle in his first big-market experience. Certainly, however, it’s better to kick things off on a good note. The Yankees, having dealt in plenty of negative attention this spring, know that all too well.

    ***I wish we could bold on this board because I would definitely bold the part about how it’s better to “kick things off on a good note”

  51. Jason February 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    La Greca was hilarious after the Swisher interview today

    “If he is this happy-go-lucky on the 4th day of Spring Training, if the Yankees win the pennant, he might literally self-combust.”

    1050 needs to put that podcast up soon

  52. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    postive for Swisher. Less chance of bein traded (and not likely he will with Garrett Anderson in ATL)

  53. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Damn GB!! I had to wipe my keyboard down after spitting out my water all over it. Surprised the keys are working. That was freakin classic. To think he could have saved us the time and put it all in one sentence. Whats up with all the hostility keyswahili? Are you related to Melk or did Gardner kick your dog? May i remind you its only a freakin game!!

  54. Al February 25th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    I know that story about ARod leaving with his cousin was not a good thing… but I liked how he brought Swisher along too. That shows that they are already becoming close and they barely know eachother… just another example of the great chemistry even though ARod is going to get destroyed for it in the papers tomorrow.

  55. rodg12 February 25th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    GB bringing the heat. Love it!!!

  56. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    “Over the course of four minor league seasons, and 1456 at-bats, Brett Gardner struck out
    290 times and walked 233 times. He compiled an .OBP of .389″

    and we did notice most of his SO’s last year (at ML level) were looking. To me, that matters. A player like Gardner is striking out, by attempting to work the count. And not swinging and missing (ie lacking contact skills)

    maybe this doesn’t matter to those who constantly dog Gardner on this blog (which are many)

  57. Yank1927 February 25th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    If Cashman trades Swisher… it is clear that he has no idea how to assemble a winning team and is indeed becoming a “stat” guy like Torre said he was. Swisher is going to be such an asset during the long grind of the season— off the bench to give guys a breather and in the clubhouse to alleviate the stress and pressure that will be there throughout the year. Guys with his personality and skill-set don’t come along often. The fact that Swisher refused to check his personality at the door like other Yankees in the past shows how valuable he is. He takes pride in loosening clubhouse and helping chemistry and making guys feel good. He absolutely has a place on this team.

    I don’t want some young prospect who may or may not pan out for a guy like Swisher. It’s not like your going to get David Price or Coby Rasmus for him, so I don’t know why you would even shop him

  58. Zolio February 25th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Gardner’s 10 pitch AB against Papelbon on that Sunday night where he got the game winning hit showed me all I needed to know about him.

    Everyone has been clamoring for ‘grinders’ like Boston has… well we have them in Gardner and Swisher.

  59. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    “If Cashman trades Swisher… it is clear that he has no idea how to assemble a winning team and is indeed becoming a “stat” guy like Torre”

    am not a saber guy, but trading Swisher (and keeping Nady) would confirm Cashman is *not* a stat person.

  60. raymagnetic February 25th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    “Over the course of four minor league seasons, and 1456 at-bats, Brett Gardner struck out
    290 times and walked 233 times. He compiled an .OBP of .389. He showed improvement every year in the minors, and hit .294 with an .OBP of .340 over the months of August-September in the Major Leagues, continuing that trend.
    This proves that Keyswahili is not simply wrong, but that he ought to look in the mirror before he starts hurling insults around.”

    Im curious but how many at bats did Gardner have in August/September?

    What Gardner did in September is relatively meaningless.

    There’s a great chance that he will be far below league average offensively and all of you who are clamoring for him will be begging for the Yankees to find someone else to play centerfield.

    Despite Brett’s ‘hot’ August and September he still had an OPS+ of 53 last year.

    Melky is going to make the team. The Yankees aren’t going to cut him. There’s a reason why Gardner was in the minors for the past 3 years while Melky was in the majors despite being younger than Gardner.

  61. raymagnetic February 25th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Gardner struck out 30 times in 127 at bats last year. He is going to strike out much more than 100 times if he’s the full time CF next year.

    Speed is great if you run track. The ability to be able to hit is very important though if you’re a ball player.

  62. jennifer February 25th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Yeah I want to listen to the interview. It isn’t up yet!! :(

  63. jake February 25th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Yank1927
    February 25th, 2009 at 7:45 pm
    If Cashman trades Swisher… it is clear that he has no idea how to assemble a winning team and is indeed becoming a “stat” guy like Torre said he was. Swisher is going to be such an asset during the long grind of the season—- off the bench to give guys a breather and in the clubhouse to alleviate the stress and pressure that will be there throughout the year. Guys with his personality and skill-set don’t come along often. The fact that Swisher refused to check his personality at the door like other Yankees in the past shows how valuable he is. He takes pride in loosening clubhouse and helping chemistry and making guys feel good. He absolutely has a place on this team.
    I don’t want some young prospect who may or may not pan out for a guy like Swisher. It’s not like your going to get David Price or Coby Rasmus for him, so I don’t know why you would even shop him

    I don’t think that Cashman has been shopping Swisher as in “asking if another GM wants him.” Nor do I think he wants to trade him. That is, after all, why Swisher’s still with the team. Cashman has fielded offers for him, but no one has offered enough in trade for a player whom Cashman values. While it is tough to conclude from a purely statistical point of view that Swisher is the better player than Nady, Swisher brings something to his game–his energy–that can matter a lot to a team’s chemistry. Nothing wrong with Nady, but he doesn’t have that. And I feel like Swisher hasn’t yet played at the level he’s capable of playing at and could be a late-bloomer. Nady, on the other hand, seems like a steady guy who isn’t likely to get any better than he’s been. And I’m sure the fact that Swisher is signed to a “reasonable” deal for the next 3-4 years even further tempers Cashman’s enthusiasm for trading him.
    Nady, if he has another good year, will be in for a big raise after this season. Either guy could go in a deal that would bring back a +young CF or SS, but I think Cashman would be much happier to trade Nady.

  64. YankeeRay February 25th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    If Cashman trades Swisher he better be signing Manny behind that.

  65. James February 25th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    gardner is a slap hitter that has a lot trouble making contact. He really does not look much like a major leaguer when he’s swinging. maybe he was pressing, maybe not.

  66. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    “gardner is a slap hitter that has a lot trouble making contact. He really does not look much like a major leaguer”

    is striking out ‘looking’ the same as striking out ‘swinging & missing’?? I don’t think it is. Not when a young player is trying to learn and adjust to a new level.

  67. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    anyone know if Christian pitched today?

  68. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    S.o.S.
    February 25th, 2009 at 7:40 pm
    Damn GB!! I had to wipe my keyboard down after spitting out my water all over it. Surprised the keys are working. That was freakin classic. To think he could have saved us the time and put it all in one sentence. Whats up with all the hostility keyswahili? Are you related to Melk or did Gardner kick your dog? May i remind you its only a freakin game!!

    ————————————————————

    Sorry about that outburst, SoS, but, Randy seemed to be disappointed that I had been so good lately, and, I hate to see anybody disappointed. Not only that, but, I had been storing all of my “bitterness” inside (for almost 3 hours) and had to release it or bust.

  69. Tom February 25th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Box score for todays game:

    http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/.....=290225114

  70. Betsy February 25th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    http://njmg.typepad.com/yankeesblog/

    A-Rod called his shot and Hank has returned from the great unknown to try and emulate Dad with his threats to A-Rod……

  71. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Tom: thank you.

    Christian Garcia = 1 inning pitched, 0 hits, 0 BB, 1 SO

  72. James February 25th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    “is striking out ‘looking’ the same as striking out ‘swinging & missing’?”

    No, but the end result is the same and striking out looking implies just as much of a inability to make contact as striking out swinging, maybe more. If he can adjust and make more contact, start lacing balls through the infield gaps then sign me up for the fan club, I have not many signs that he can do that. I do know that melky has hit 280 with a 360 OBP and has a strong and accurate arm. Neither is going to be the yankee center fielder in 3 years, but in my eyes Melky is currently the better play. That’s just my view and opinion of what I have seen, the poll shows 2/1 disagree with me anyway lol

  73. pat February 25th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Veras had an adventurous outing, gave up the only run and got the win. Whoever said timing isn’t everything was wrong. :smile:

  74. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    “I had been storing all of my “bitterness” inside (for almost 3 hours) and had to release it or bust.”

    GB7,
    If you have any after affects please contact your doctor. I think thats how the commercial goes. I can now see why you need to be in witness protection. It had to rank up there in the classic catagory. No pun intended. It reminded me of hmmm last year bringing the heat(miss hmmm responses). My suggestion is chew gum and walk at the same time. It will keep you sharp.

  75. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    James:

    if Gardner were a slugger type, i would agree with you. However, he is really trying to learn how to be a leadoff hitter at the ML level. And also, to try and learn what is expected of him.

    my perception was Gardner didn’t know what approach he should take (when first called up last year) Would like to see Gardner get 50% of the chance Melky has received with the Yankees.

  76. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    ‘Well done, you “crack smoking”, “delusionally moronic”, “retarded”, “boneheaded” little person with the proud parents.”

    now that’s the gb7 i remember :)

  77. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    “the poll shows 2/1 disagree with me anyway lol”

    Im on your side bro. Melky batted over .300 even before he was called up. Couldnt hit over .275 in the majors. I cant see how someone who hasnt even hit .300 in the minors hit for a decent average in the majors. Melky will be the center fielder till we find a better option. I see Gardner more as what the sox did with Roberts, pinch running late in games.

  78. Cory February 25th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I like Swisher a lot to, i think he will serve us like how kevin millar was with the red sox

  79. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    S.o.S.
    February 25th, 2009 at 8:20 pm
    “I had been storing all of my “bitterness” inside (for almost 3 hours) and had to release it or bust.”

    GB7,
    If you have any after affects please contact your doctor. I think thats how the commercial goes. I can now see why you need to be in witness protection. It had to rank up there in the classic catagory. No pun intended. It reminded me of hmmm last year bringing the heat(miss hmmm responses). My suggestion is chew gum and walk at the same time. It will keep you sharp.

    ————————————————————

    Chewing gum (or, gumming gum) is the easy part. It’s the walking that gets me.

  80. PAT M. February 25th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    GB7, Your in midseason form my man…..I’ll be out of the golf gig as I found out that I have a fracture in my hip…At least the Titanium rod is fine so there’ll be no knife as action….Great trip to Savannah last week…I always go this little bar on the Riverwalk, all the oysters you can eat for 25.00 bucks…..

  81. DT February 25th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    ‘Well done, you “crack smoking”, “delusionally moronic”, “retarded”, “boneheaded” little person with the proud parents.”

    GB goes from “totally misunderstood” to “totally understood” in five short hours….lol

  82. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    randy l
    February 25th, 2009 at 8:26 pm
    ‘Well done, you “crack smoking”, “delusionally moronic”, “retarded”, “boneheaded” little person with the proud parents.”

    now that’s the gb7 i remember

    ————————————————————

    I figured you would have said the same thing if you had been here. It’s always an honor to have your work appreciated. Now, that’s as nice as I plan to be, “you sockdologizing old woman-trap”.

  83. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    “I had been storing all of my “bitterness” inside (for almost 3 hours) and had to release it or bust.”

    GB,
    I meant side effects incude blah blah blah. Keep your blue pill talk off this forum.
    Gumming gum and playing bingo will suffice. Keep up the good work.

  84. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    PAT M.
    February 25th, 2009 at 8:35 pm
    GB7, Your in midseason form my man…..I’ll be out of the golf gig as I found out that I have a fracture in my hip…At least the Titanium rod is fine so there’ll be no knife as action….Great trip to Savannah last week…I always go this little bar on the Riverwalk, all the oysters you can eat for 25.00 bucks…..

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    Hey, PAT M, where did you go? Spanky’s, Charthouse or Kelley’s? All great places. You missed the fountains (Forrest Gump) and “Washington’s Cannons”. What you’re really going to miss is the 4th biggest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the USA.

    We’ll get together sometime soon. Maybe you can swin by and take in a couple of Charleston games this summer. Hope the hip recovery goes well and quick, to get you back on the links. God forbid that you end up with my golf game. Orville Moody will come back from the grave….and blame me.

  85. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    GB7,
    The amazing part of your burst episodes is you hardly get a response from the victim. Maybe it has to do with your name. Maybe you have the force.

  86. PAT M. February 25th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    GB7, I’ll be ready by April as there’s no surgery involved…..I want to see putt with a Hector Lopez official bat day bat from 1962….I’ve been gone for a week or so, has Randy I,soften his veiws on Cashman…He did have a good winter…I wish he landed either Smoltz ot Brad Penny…I watched Gardner’s dinger today, he looked better than before….If he could only steal first base….

  87. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    PAT M.
    February 25th, 2009 at 9:01 pm
    GB7, I’ll be ready by April as there’s no surgery involved…..I want to see putt with a Hector Lopez official bat day bat from 1962….I’ve been gone for a week or so, has Randy I,soften his veiws on Cashman…He did have a good winter…I wish he landed either Smoltz ot Brad Penny…I watched Gardner’s dinger today, he looked better than before….If he could only steal first base….

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    Nah, Randy hasn’t eased up on Cashman. He’s his own regular bitter old self. I guess I’ll have to start calling him “Oscar” from now on. God…can you tell my grandkids have been here watching Sesame Street? How embarrassing.

    Randy’s good people…he’s just got a few quirks. I have one myself, somewhere. No, not Jamie Quirk baseball cards.

    Glad you got fixed up without the knife.

    Brrrr…those are words I should never use in the same sentence…”got fixed” and “knife”.

  88. Wellshot February 25th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    If this guy’s gonna play every day (for us), we’re screwed.

  89. keyswahili February 25th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Man, GB must stand for Great Boner!!!! Maybe Pat can use his “rod” for support, that’s if SoS is finished with it, if you guys know what I mean!!!! But like any other guy who has been with Great Boner, Pat will find out how limp, soft, shriveled up, and weak it truly is!!! Just when I think that guys like SoS and Great Boner can’t get any more retarded they surprise me. How far can you guys take it??

    Who the heck cares what a player does in the minors? Who the heck cares what how much a player like Gardner improves over the past couple of years in the minors. If success down in the minors doesn’t translate to success in the majors then it doesn’t mean anything in the majors. I thought you “geniuses” would have learned that with the likes of Kennedy and Hughes. Obviously you didn’t!!! Idiotic schmucks, are you guys even Yankees fans? You take stupidity to a whole new level. Another thing, who cares what Gardner did in a small handful of games, anyone can go on a hot streak, what did he do before that? Nothing!!!! Look at the bigger picture morons!!!! Also anytime a hitter like Gardner strikes out more than he walks, it’s a bad sign, just FYI for those idiots out there like Sos and GB (Great Boner). His OBP was horrible last season as well. Speed means nothing if you can’t get on base, again FYI for the intellectually challenged.

    Another thing morons, as long as Melky Cabrera is on the roster Gardner is going to have to outperform him in ST and do more than hit a pathetic .250 to win the CF job. Cabrera has already shown that he can easily hit more than .250 as he has already hit .280, and .273 in ’06 and ’07. So anyone who says that Cabrera can’t hit over .275 is an idiot with his head up his ass and doesn’t know baseball. So SoS and GB (Great Boner) are the ones who better take a look in the mirror, that’s if they can stand the sight without puking. Neither scenario is likely to happen, there’s no proof that Gardner can even hit .250

  90. yankeerocker February 25th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    keyswahili,

    Great Boner? HIIIIIIIIILLLLLARIOUS!!!!!!!! Took me 20 minutes to stop laughing at your last post.

  91. Brandon February 26th, 2009 at 1:45 am

    Why, in many of these Gardner vs. Cabrera arguments, do I often see only BA being mentioned? Fine, so Melky can hit .275-.300 (obviously he didn’t do this last year, but he can). Melky also tends to be fairly impatient, striking out frequently and rarely taking a walk. His ability to switch-hit is also little more than a ruse, because he hits very poorly from one side in comparison (unfortunately, I don’t remember which side.. but I think he hits badly from the right, which eliminates a platoon option). Also, despite being pretty quick, he doesn’t have very good baserunning skills. Gardner can grind out a pitcher and put pressure on the defense on the bases. Their power seems pretty comparable – Melky frequently hits a bunch of singles, and this is pretty much what is expected of Gardner. Depending on where the ball was hit, however, Gardner seems to be able to stretch triples out of doubles, and occasional doubles out of singles, because of his speed. That doesn’t equate well to racking up RBIs, but it does help build runs scored. I’m not saying Gardner should just get the job – make them fight for it. But if nothing else, keep him on the roster if Melky needs to be benched and for pinch running, and if he outperforms Melky then start him. At least give him a chance to see what he can do over a larger ML sample size before you bash him so much.

  92. McG February 26th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I love you Brett Gardner!!!

  93. keyswahili February 26th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Gardner strikes out far too much, more than Cabrera.IT’s highly doubtful Gardner can hit .250, and no their power is NOT comparable. That’s the dumbest thing. Gardner will be lucky to hit two HR’s in a season while Cabrera could possibly hit 15. Again, doesn’t mean squat, if you can’t get on base consistently, Gardner has yet to show he can plus he strikes out more than he walks, not a good sign for a supposed lead off hitter.

  94. Brandon February 26th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Sure, Melky shows signs of more power occasionally, and has the potential to actually hit for decent power. But look at last season, and all of the powerless popups that made for easy outs. Melky wasn’t burned by bad luck, he had bad line drive rates. He also tends to hit a lot of ground balls (I remember in 07 him having a few clutch RBIs that were mostly ground ball singles up the middle). Sure, he has the potential to hit for more power than Gardner, but I still feel that Gardner has the ability to take more bases assuming he learns ML pitching quickly. Last year Melky started off with a decent HR rate, but then that just dropped. He just doesn’t have the discipline to work pitchers in order to get pitches with which he can make solid contact.

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