Brett Gardner still hasn’t seen the Yankee Stadium scoreboard display* that pops up when he hits a home run. It’s Gardner’s face on the body of WWF wrestler Bret “The Hit Man” Hart, and Gardner has given the Yankees more reason than ever to show it this season.
“I didn’t even see it, but Swish loves it,” Gardner said. “I think Swish is jealous that he doesn’t have his picture up there with it. I’ll have to look for it next time.”
And there will almost certainly be a next time. Gardner’s grand slam was his fourth home run of the season. He hit three last year — one of them inside-the-park — and in three minor league seasons before that he hit a total of two.
This season, though, Gardner has tried to be a little more aggressive with his swing. He isn’t strictly looking to slap the ball the other way, though he still does that a lot. When he gets pitch to hit, he tries to drive it.
“I’m not trying to develop into a home run hitter,” he said. “But I’m just trying to use the whole field.”
The Yankees seem to get a kick out of Gardner’s home runs, and Gardner seemed to especially enjoy this one. He said he couldn’t remember ever hitting a grand slam in his life. Little League. High school. College. Minor leagues. Not a single one until this afternoon.
“I’m going to hear about it tomorrow,” Swisher said.
Here’s Gardner speaking after the game.
* If you haven’t seen the scoreboard display, I took a picture of it with my cell phone and posted it in the game post below. Check it out.
Associated Press photo of Gardner.