Brett Gardner has had a fantastic start to the season, quickly proving that he can handle the rigors of being an everyday player. Yesterday was a typically strong game for him, too, as Gardner went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a picked up a stolen base (his 14th).
What will he remember though? You can bet it will be his last at-bat, in which he struck out against Red Sox outfielder – yes, outfielder – Jonathan Van Every. Striking out against a position player (and looking, no less) is something that Gardner will hear about from teammates for a long, long, long time.
“He’s never going to live that down,” said Mark Teixeira, who would homer off Van Every not long after Gardner’s whiff. Teixeira shook his head and laughed.
“I’m going to see him at Old Timer’s Day in 40 years and we’re going to be talking about that at-bat,” Teixeira said. “Don’t you even worry about it.”