It may not be a Gold Glove but this award might be more important for Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees.
Brett Gardner was awarded the Heart & Hustle award from the Major League Baseball’s Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) at the 18th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in Manhattan.
We are proud to announce New York @Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner as the 2017 overall #HeartandHustle Award winner for his embodiment of the values, spirit and traditions of the game. Congratulations Brett, well done! pic.twitter.com/ih6Ob010vQ
— MLBPAA (@MLBPAA) November 15, 2017
What a well-deserved honor to the guy who has been selected as the Yankees’ team winner in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. This is his first time being selected as the overall winner by the MLBPAA.
Gardner, who batted .264 with 21 home runs and 63 RBIs, showed plenty of grit during his impressive season in 2017, including several clutch home runs and that one at-bat that we’ll be talking about for ages from the ALDS. Don’t remember? Here’s the video.
Whether it was stealing a base, legging out triples or taking extra bases on slight miscues from the opponent, Brett Gardner showed hustle every day on the field, not once letting anyone question his dedication to the game.
“I’m going to continue to work hard and play hard and play the game as long as I’m able to,” Gardner told the media, as reported by Mark Newman of ESPN. “Whether it’s one more year, two more years or four or five more years, I’ve been blessed with being in New York the last 10 years. I think everybody who knows me knows I am working hard to get the most out of it that I can.”
What a guy. Gardner has given Yankees fans more than they could ask for and is the first Yankees player to be recognized for it with the overall Heart & Hustle Award in its 12-year existence.
Congratulations to the 34-year-old Yankee who was a walk-on for his college baseball team. Just goes to show what a lot of heart and a whole lot of hustle can do for you.