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.