New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner reflects on his 12th season with the New York Yankees as they head into their ALDS matchup.
Brett Gardner has been around the block a few times. Being that he’s a veteran outfielder who just played his 12th season with the New York Yankees, it’s safe to say Gardner has seen it all. He’s experienced an injury-plagued season, a Derek Jeter walk-off to end his career, as well as a World Series title.
As Gardner is entering postseason play for the eighth time in his career, he has time to reflect on his 2019 regular season. Ultimately, the 36-year-old believes this specific year uniquely trumps the rest.
“It means a lot,” Gardner said of becoming a productive contributor on this team, per Matt Ehalt of Yahoo! Sports. “I’ve had more fun playing baseball this year than I ever have. Just been a lot of fun to be part of a special team. We got a lot of work left and a long way to go to be where we want to be.”
Gardner played in 141 games for the Bombers this season. In that time, he hit 28 home runs with 74 RBIs and a slash line of .251/.325/.503. He did this on 491 at-bats and 550 plate appearances.
The veteran is looking to become a vital aspect for New York in their upcoming playoff series. The Yankees take on the Minnesota Twins in an ALDS matchup in which the Bombers have home-field advantage. Game 1 will be played at Yankee Stadium on Friday night at 7:07 p.m. ET.