– *WHY SEARCH?*
Why are Yankee fans so concerned with a vacant left field? Nobody wants to see Damon walk, but from a budget standpoint, it appears our former outfielder will be playing with a different club in the 2010 season. How do I feel about this? It would be disappointing to lose Damon after losing Melky to Atlanta, but we already have a solution! Why are we doubting the abilities of Brett Gardner? It’s rediculous. Gardner may be a “young gun,” but I can highlite quite a few reasons he deserves our confidence:
+ Last year was Gardner’s first full season. The Yankees went on to win the World Series. How can we downplay the impact Gardner had in numerous games?
+ Gardner wrapped up the ’09 season batting .270. This should be the focal point of those who fear his bat is a weakness. Gardner’s on the RISE, not decline. His batting average is increasing.
+ Speed, athleticism… To consider Gardner a ‘pinch runner’ and little more is obsurd.