The rest of the game might have gone downhill, but arguably the most exciting Yankees moment of last night’s season opener was the double steal in the fourth inning.
With two outs and Brett Gardner at third, Derek Jeter broke for second base. Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez threw to second, allowing Gardner to steal home easily.
“I saw him take off,” Jeter said. “It’s a play that happened last year, a similar play, and we talked about it last year, but we didn’t talk about it this year. You just look at the positioning and I was hoping he would take off.”
Gardner said it wasn’t exactly a set play, but he thought Jeter might try it.
“I wouldn’t say it’s ever a called play,” Gardner said. “But I had an idea that he might be going. If he went and they threw to second base, I was going to go.”
It was the highlight of a good day for Gardner. He made a throwing error in left field, but also went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He nearly beat the throw to second base on a fielder’s choice, and each of his hits came with two outs and a runner on base.
“Just being able to let the ball get deep, let it travel and hit some balls hard, square some balls hard,” Gardner said. “My last at-bat of spring and my first two at-bats (Sunday) were all good, exactly what I’ve been trying to do for two weeks. I’ve been rolling over balls and being out front for two weeks, so it feels good to be seeing the ball well and hopefully I can keep it going.”
That’s an AP shot of Gardner and Mark Teixeira after Gardner stole home.