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The good, the (almost) bad and the ugly of Brett Gardner

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 10, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Three base-running decisions by Brett Gardner in the 10th inning. Two very nearly gave the Yankees the win, one could very easily have cost them the game.

On stealing second base with Derek Jeter at the plate…
“You can’t get thrown out and that’s why it took me a couple of pitches to go. They mixed it up on me a little bit and they were pretty quick to the plate. After I didn’t go on the first pitch, he was ahead in the count the whole way, 1-0, 2-0. I think I went on the 2-0 pitch. When a hitter’s ahead in the count, it’s not a bad time to go because the pitcher is more focused on the batter, he has to throw strikes. He’s not really thinking about being real quick to the plate because that’s going to throw off his control a little bit.”

On taking third base on a bad pickoff throw by Joe Nathan…
“I stumbled coming off the base. A good throw to first probably gets me, but I decide to keep going. Once I stumbled, I made contact with I think it was the shortstop by the base. I was looking and saw the ball into center. I took off going for third and three or four steps off the base, I was trying to get my legs under me. I stumbled a little bit, and at that point you know the center fielder’s got the ball and he’s coming up throwing to third. And if I go to second, he’s just going to gun it to second. Just go and hopefully the throw’s not on the bag.”

On being doubled off at third base on a line drive to short…
“It‘s a tough read. There’s not much time to make a decision and I thought it was going to short-hop him. When I saw that he caught it, I was committed to going home. Obviously I’m a little frustrated at myself for making a bad decision.”

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