• Gardner’s Not Lacking Confidence

    Posted by on February 23rd, 2008 · Comments (3)

    Via Lisa Kennelly:

    I was talking to some relievers in the corner of the clubhouse when outfielder Brett Gardner barreled into the conversation with a question.

    “You guys think I’m faster than Adrian Peterson?” he demanded.

    Peterson, the former Oklahoma star running back who had a huge rookie season for the Minnesota Vikings this year, can run a 4.4 40. Gardner, a 5-10, 180-lb. outfielder whose calling card is his speed, contended that he could beat Peterson (6-1, 217 lbs.) in a 40-yard dash.

    I know many are suspect on Gardner’s bat. But, speed is a wonderful thing. Otis Nixon could not hit a lick and his speed got him into 1,709 big league games. And, speed got Tom Goodwin into 1,288 major league games despite a bat that was lacking. If Gardner is as fast as he thinks he is, he’s going to make it, somewhere, in the majors – eventually.

    Comments on Gardner’s Not Lacking Confidence

    1. festus
      February 23rd, 2008 | 7:01 pm

      Many of those almost 1300 Goodwin games came at the expense of the Texas Rangers offense. I lived in Dallas at the time and remembered the year he hit .290(!!) People thought he might have finally arrived, the second coming of Ricky Henderson. Unfortunately for them, no. I want the next Ricky Henderson as much as the next guy, but only if he hits like Henderson. Then again, didn’t Andy Fox drive us to 2 rings?

    2. festus
      February 23rd, 2008 | 7:13 pm

      Dammit, Andy Fox only got us one ring. Thought he was there in 98. Got the other for the Marlins, BOO…Jeff Weaver sucks.

    3. Yu Hsing Chen
      February 23rd, 2008 | 10:08 pm

      Otis Nixson was a useful player who wasn’t used well more often then not. I think Gardner can be an effective 4th OF or something, but it’s not like the Yankees really lack that right now (And Yes Melky Cabrera is actually more effective then your average 4th OF. so by being effective I mean hit less then Melky. just htink about that for a sec)

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