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The Hit Man

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Podcast on Jul 03, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Blue Jays Yankees BaseballBrett 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.

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* 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.

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58 Responses to “The Hit Man”

  1. Betsy July 3rd, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    GLove, if And hadn’t left, we wouldn’t have Phil…………..

    As to All Star voting, Andy deserves it. CC ? For most of the year he’s only been ok, so I can see not picking him. Phil? Too many other pitchers are having better years to take him; his last outing really hurt him. I feel bad for him, but hopefully he’ll have more chances in the future.

    I missed the game as I was at my dad’s 75th birthday party, but it sounds like a nice relaxing game.

  2. Giuseppe Franco July 3rd, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I bet Hughes makes the AS team, Betsy.

  3. Betsy July 3rd, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    GF, I don’t think so, but I guess we’ll see. It’s not a big deal to me anymore…..There are a heck of a lot of qualified pitchers this year

  4. Goldbach's Conjecture July 3rd, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    So, who will win tonight’s matchup of Gutherie and Lester?

  5. Tyler July 3rd, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Yeah, I would be willing to bet Hughes makes the allstar team especially if he wins his next start or even just pitches well. Everybody is making too big fo a deal about pitchers having great years and Hughes’ struggles. Just felax. He will be fine. If he’s 11-2 with a 3.50 ERA he is in.

  6. Bronx Jeers July 3rd, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Gardner’s head actually looks normal on Brett Hart’s body.

  7. Tyler July 3rd, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Goldbach’s Conjecture July 3rd, 2010 at 5:28 pm
    So, who will win tonight’s matchup of Gutherie and Lester?
    ————————–

    Haha anything can happen but smart money is on Lester. You cant expect help from the O’s. You just got to take advantage of the games you have against them left.

  8. ben July 3rd, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    All-Star rosters are already set (or will be by tonight), so Hughes’ next start won’t affect the decision.

  9. Goldbach's Conjecture July 3rd, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Look, Strasburg is very Hughesian today!

  10. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 3rd, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Happy 75th to your dad, Betsy. Nice milestone, isn’t it? Hope he had a great day.

  11. Giuseppe Franco July 3rd, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Betsy,

    Have a little faith. He’ll make it.

    Don’t always expect the worst or you’ll never enjoy the good times as much.

  12. Rich in NJ July 3rd, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    As I have mentioned, trading Gardner for DeJesus would be ridiculous. Today’s performance reinforces that point.

  13. blake July 3rd, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I think Hughes will make it as well.

    on a side note: Josh Johnson now has a better ERA, more K’s, and lower WHIP than Ubaldo does.

  14. BIG AL July 3rd, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Napoleon says… July 3rd, 2010 at 5:20 pm
    Big AL, I’ll bet he’s 4?9, bald fat noteeth and drives a Hummer!!

    _____________________________________________________

    Were you referring to me, or was that a mirror Napoleon is looking at?

    Boy, you couldn’t be any more wrong in that description, but, if you’re into men your size, the circus may be coming to a town near you soon – loser!

  15. the gay Yankee fan July 3rd, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Gardner is 5th in AL in OBP.

    There’s only 4 people in all of the AL that gets on base more often than Brett.

    He’s also 11th in BA.

    This is not even looking at his spectacular glove and base running. He is the best all around player on the team.

    The Yankees have a very special player. Of course, you wouldn’t know it from the dumb fans here.

    They still think he should be benched/traded.

  16. BIG AL July 3rd, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Betsy – I think young Mr. Hughes gets his 11th win tomorrow, and that puts him in the ASG. After losing his turn in the rotation, and not getting to pitch in front of his family and friends last trip west, this would be great for him. I hope he makes it.

  17. ben July 3rd, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    @Rich

    There were people actually arguing for a Gardner-DeJesus trade?

    Without even getting to the stats, you have to compare a 30 year old guy making 4.7m who’s going to be a free agent with a 26 year old guy making $400k who’s under team control for 4 more years.

  18. blake July 3rd, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    “He is the best all around player on the team.”

    I really like Brett Gardner, but Robbie Cano says hi.

  19. ben July 3rd, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    @ Big Al – Whether Hughes throws a perfect game or gets knocked out in the 1st tomorrow will not affect whether he’s selected for the All-Star game. The rosters will be set before the game.

  20. BIG AL July 3rd, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    the gay Yankee fan July 3rd, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    True Yankees fans do recognize the special player Bret Gardner is, those that don’t lack fundamental baseball knowledge, and should be ignored.

  21. the gay Yankee fan July 3rd, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    blake,

    Robbie and Gardner are both good hitters and good defensive players but Gardner wins out in the baserunning category.

  22. vinny-b July 3rd, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    everyone who expressed Brett Gardner was not good enough to be the #9 hitter on the Yankees, say I

    thankfully, at least the Yankees believed in him. And more importantly, gave him a chance

  23. Goldbach's Conjecture July 3rd, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Chad,

    mystery solved.

    The Blue Jays matched their franchise-high for runs surrendered in an inning — not Yankees matching franchise-high for runs scored.

  24. BIG AL July 3rd, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    ben July 3rd, 2010 at 5:57 pm
    @ Big Al – Whether Hughes throws a perfect game or gets knocked out in the 1st tomorrow will not affect whether he’s selected for the All-Star game. The rosters will be set before the game.

    _____________________________________________________

    I lost a day, I’m thinking it was Monday at noon, thanks. I still wish Phil well in making the ASG.

  25. ben July 3rd, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    TGYF – I love Gardner and all, but his baserunning does not make up for the gap between he and Cano in other areas.

    Cano’s WAR = 4.6
    Gardner’s WAR = 2.9

    They’re both great, but Cano is objectively superior.

  26. blake July 3rd, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    You can really tell a difference in the Yankee offense when Gardner is in there and healthy. He makes things happen and as another poster said earlier…when they score he always seems to be in the middle of it.

    To think, if they had re-signed Damon then Gardner could still be a part time player. Maybe not because NJ got hurt, but you never know…

  27. BIG AL July 3rd, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Having watched Gardner for 2 years in SWB, I’m not at all surprised at what he’s doing. It just took a little time to acclimate to ML pitching.

  28. RhapsodyInBlue July 3rd, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I don’t have too much faith in Guthrie in Fenway particularly against Lester.

    Even with a Sox line-up that is quite diluted.

    But anything can happen.

    Tonight I’m a Bird fan.

  29. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 3rd, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Doreen, thanks! We had a great day – and what gorgeous weather. My brother flew up from Florida and nearly gave my dad a heart attack, lol – he had no idea he was coming up. The food was great, the family was great – my dad looks years younger than 75, so I’m guessing he has another 75 left in him. The only quibble (but I would never tell my sister this – she hosted the party) is that the pool was really warm, lol. After getting out, I showered myself with cold water via the hose – nice and refreshing!

    I hope Phil makes it, I really do – we’ll see. I’m not sure when Joe will announce – before or after the game. I know he’s the manager, but doesn’t he consult with his coaches before making the final decisions?

  30. BIG AL July 3rd, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    The O’s have given the Sox a tough time all year, here’s hoping they can do it again tonight.

  31. G. Love July 3rd, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I think it’s comical that that Bodi-whatever his guy disappeared from the blog the minute Bret Gardner started to produce.

    He spent so much time here ripping Gardner to shreds and talking down to everyone. He kept going on and on how Melky was soon to be a 25 HR hitter and we were all idiots that we didn’t have the informed critical eye he did to see this. How we would regret trading Melky and Vizcaino (on the DL with a torn elbow) forever and ever.

    He also tried to suggest, as has raymagnetic on more than one occasion, that people only liked Gardner because he was white. That Gardner fans were racist.

    I don’t think you’ll ever see a comment where raymagnetic compliments Bret Gardner. He’s another nitwit.

    Cano and Gardner have, without a doubt, been the best all around players on this team in the first half.

    It thrills me to see Brett doing so well because he takes nothing for granted, unlike guys like Joba who seem to take a lot for granted.

    While Andy, Mo, Derek and Jorge set the example for the team, guys like Hughes and Gardner are also setting the example for the young guys coming up.

  32. I don't think so July 3rd, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Hughes is scheduled to pitch before the ASG, unless he’s skipped, no way he can pitch in the ASG. Joe also has Price, and Nieman of TB that have a case to be on the team also.

  33. BIG AL July 3rd, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Betsy – Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 3rd, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    _____________________________________________________

    The roosters are announced at noon tomorrow.

  34. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 3rd, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    GF, I admit I sometimes don’t allow myself to enjoy things as much as I should. That said, in this case, I personally don’t think I would select Phil. I would guess the starters would be Price, Buchholz, Lester, Andy, Romero, Weaver, Lee….Wow, I never heard of Trevor Cahill, but he’s having a fantastic year for Oakland. Also, Jeff Niemann, Felix Hernandez……I could name others.

  35. the gay Yankee fan July 3rd, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    ben,

    I am talking about best all around player. WAR is not a good reflection of that because if a player is really strong in one particular category it can skewed the numbers.

  36. g July 3rd, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    The O’s have given the Sox a tough time all year, here’s hoping they can do it again tonight.

    —–

    After tonight, guess who will surpass Cano for the lead in AL batting average?

  37. ben July 3rd, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Off-topic: Anyone else not overwhelmed by Strasburg? I’m wondering if he’ll end up as the next Mark Prior.

  38. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 3rd, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Phil would be eligible because I believe he’s set to pitch the Saturday before. Joe said that any pitcher set to pitch on Sunday, he will still name (even if they can’t pitch) if they deserve it because they are still all-stars; good for Joe.

  39. pat July 3rd, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Has Swisher hit a grandslam this year?

  40. BIG AL July 3rd, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Ben – Good pitcher, but not the next coming of Koufax, not by a mile. 96 pitches, 2 runs, 3 walks & 5 K’s today in 5. Left the game losing. I guess he’s come back to earth. Now, where are all the sports writers calling for him to be in the ASG. That would be a crock.

  41. vinny-b July 3rd, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    “G. Love July 3rd, 2010 at 6:10 pm
    I think it’s comical that that Bodi-whatever his guy disappeared from the blog the minute Bret Gardner started to produce”
    ——————————————————-

    ahh yes. The Melky fan. The enlightened one. lol

    will acknowledge you said it well, when stating: Gardner isn’t what you trade, it’s what you trade for

  42. gfd July 3rd, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I just can’t believe my eyes. At the Mets/Nats game, right now behind home plate, is a man in camera view of each at bat, WEARING A YANKEES CAP! Yankees played at home today and he’s in Washington showing his support ?

  43. Giuseppe Franco July 3rd, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Betsy,

    Records count, too. And Hughes has a very big wildcard in his bid to go to the ASG – the AL Manager, Joe Girardi.

    If he has a tough decision to make between a starter from somewhere else and one of his own guys, he’s gonna take his own guy.

    Managers do that every year. And you know what? There’s nothing wrong with it.

  44. vinny-b July 3rd, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    “Anyone else not overwhelmed by Strasburg? I’m wondering if he’ll end up as the next Mark Prior”
    ——————————–

    am impressed. But no way he should make the all-star team. Let him earn the right in future seasons. Pitching in the MLB for 5 weeks is nothing.

  45. BIG AL July 3rd, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Good night guys and gals, catch you all tomorrow.

  46. G. Love July 3rd, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    vinny b,

    Melky only needs 23 homers in the second half to reach 25 for the year. I’m sure with his sweet swing and development we all couldn’t see with our naked eyes, he’ll get those by Labor Day.

  47. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 3rd, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Even before this start, I didn’t think Strasburg should go……….it’s not fair to other pitchers who have busted their tails for 1/2 of a season.

  48. vinny-b July 3rd, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    “Cano and Gardner have, without a doubt, been the best all around players on this team in the first half”
    ——————————————

    Swisher has been up there too. He has gotten big hits, when they were needed.

  49. napoleon says July 3rd, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Big Al

    Hey hey hey, it’s Fat Al…bert!

  50. mick July 3rd, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    # SJ44 July 3rd, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    This is the problem with the offense! They only score in one inning and giveaway AB’s the rest if the game.

    You can’t win a World Series like that!

    The Red Sox would have scored 20 today.

    If this team cared, they would have scored 21.

    This team misses Matsui and Damon. Cashman broke up a championship team and Hal got cheap.

    Do you want Huffman in RF on your team? I don’t care if his catch was the biggest play of the game and kept the first inning from getting out of hand, he stinks!

    Get my team help Cashman!!!

    I figured I would save the Crybaby Crowd space on here and just list all their daily garbage in one post.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    If you were the real deal we might care.
    Betsy, please stop arguing with this fraud.

  51. damon (27 waiting 4, 28)cll July 3rd, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Buck and Co just gave the Yankees a compliment, on the Yankees having 3 pitchers with 10 wins.

  52. g July 3rd, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Tampa Bay is sliding into the seaside abyss.

  53. vinny-b July 3rd, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    “Melky only needs 23 homers in the second half to reach 25 for the year. I’m sure with his sweet swing and development we all couldn’t see with our naked eyes, he’ll get those by Labor Day”
    ————————————————————

    G Love: :)

    Melky doesn’t even look like a ball player. With NYY, Melky had a strong arm and luck. And that’s it. I do remember the daily debates with Bodi— : ). An enlightened kinder & gentler poster :)

  54. Austinmac July 3rd, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Big Al-”The roosters are announced at noon tomorrow.”

    I guess that means the early bird, Yankee etc. Gets the worm.

  55. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 3rd, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Mick, that’s the real SJ – he just has no patience for anyone who shows any concern about the Yankees. At this point, he’s also arguing with me just to be disagreeable. I mean, he called me out for calling Ace unreliable………..the guy has a serious back problem and that’s what he calls me out for.

  56. vinny-b July 3rd, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    “Tampa Bay is sliding into the seaside abyss”
    ——————————————

    Tampa still concerns me more than the Red Sox.

    Tampa = medium-range ICBM

    Boston = Iraq scud missile

  57. damon (27 waiting 4, 28) July 3rd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    TB has come back on the Twins 8-4, scoring 7 in the 8th.

  58. David July 4th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    The deafening silence from the Gardy bashers continues.

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