More than an hour after Venezuelan Gleyber Torres’ fly-over floated into the right-field extension of Fenway park, representing the end of the 2021 season of the Yankees, Brett Gardner He was still wearing his assigned gray road uniform with “NEW YORK” stitched on the front. – each piece of equipment, without the cleats.
Gardner, the only remaining link to the franchise’s most recent World Series championship in 2009, could never have guessed he would own just the ring a dozen years later.
Now 38, Gardner’s last major league at-bat may have already occurred and, if so, he didn’t feel the urge to participate in what he hoped outside the clubhouse walls.
As Gardner rested inside another quiet October clubhouse, similar to those that preceded it: Houston (2017), Yankee Stadium (’18), Houston again (’19) and San Diego via the Rays (’20) – He expressed his hope to show up for sunny spring training and get back out on the field with his teammates.
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Gardner has a $ 2.3 million player option, which the team can buy if they decide to change the roster, and considering manager Aaron Boone’s comments after Tuesday’s game, in which he said “the league has closed the gap for us.” , the team may already be leaning toward radical changes.