The field of Citi Field is not too big for Brett Gardner.
Therefore Aaron Boone was not afraid to sit Aaron Hicks in favor of the blowing hot Gardner on Friday night.
Before the game, Gardner razzed to the post of how good a potter Jacob deGrom is, and you could see how fired the veteran exhibitor was for the match.
Nobody in the Yankees clubhouse has a challenge more than 5 feet 11, 195 pounds Gardner. He is the heart and soul of this Yankees club.
Gardner, 34, responded to getting the first hit of deGrom to lead away the fourth, a single. In sixth, his walk set the table for Yankees first race. Then in the eighth, after rookie Gleyber Torres put together a fantastic bat to line a two out on the left, Gardner ripped a 1
This was not the Yankee Stadium's short porch. Gardner's two-stage block lifted the Yankees into a dramatic 4-1 victory over deGrom, which simply banned as a Met. In the ninth, Giancarlo Stanton released a solo shot, Yankee's 100th home run for the season.
Gardner was up to the Subway Series task. It's not just talent that makes a difference. It's a pleasure. Gardner has always taken a football perspective against the diamond.
Veterans know and respect other veterans. Listen to what Stanton and Neil Walker told Gardner:
"It's the mentality you have to be around as long as he has and continues to do it, keep finding ways to get it done," says Stanton of Gardner's true grit.
Noted Walker: "Gardy is one of the more reliable players I've ever played with when you need a big bat. He's as good as they come, he sets the tone for us in the field, outside the field, in my opinion is he what Yankee baseball is about. "19659002] There you have it."
"He means so much to our team," Boone says. "Kind of heartbeat, what he gives every day. Just game-show today, really on it. Come up in a big place there and swallow one out of there. Just the quality of the bat mouse all the time and for the better part of a month now has the results followed these quality bats. He's crazy for us on top. "
A wild. That's what's required to beat the big deGrom."
"He's a guy who is as good as it gets, "Gardner says about M's proprietor." It was a big win for us. "
Gardner, who plays in his 40th Subway Series game, is on tear.
Han beat .367 over the last 15 matches with four home teams and have surely played in 14 of these games. This was a Gardy Party. Yankees fans who came to Citi Field had as much of a blast like Gardner. Home run was the fifth season for Gardner.
Mets has slaughtered 60 homers. Yankees have them at 40 years.
"DeGrom is a guy like is difficult to get to and difficult to accumulate, "says Gardner of Mets, who has handed over 14 deserved runs and only four home runs over 80 ¹ / 3 innings. "One of the best rights in the game."
Gardner described the Subway series as a "great atmosphere".
"It's important to win the first game in a series of three games," he said. "If you do not play for Yankees or [are] a Yankees fan, everyone else hates Yankees. The Mets are trying their hardest to beat us." We are crosstown rivalry so we have to be ready to play. & # 39;
"We have a really good line upside down," Gardner says about the team's ability to find a way.
Asked if he lights when he sees a change that way Gardner logs said: "I light up when it goes over the fence. I'm not a guy who goes deep every time a jar makes a mistake. & # 39; & # 39;
Here is the basic Yankees mindset.
"No situation is too big for us," says Gardner about his team. "This was a big game for us."
Gardner was once again the leading road.