Gardner plants one
Brett Gardner still hasn’t seen the huge, grinning picture of him that the Yankees video crew doctored to look like wrestler Bret ‘Hit Man’ Hart, though he’s heard rave reviews about it from Nick Swisher, who just might be jealous that he doesn’t have a cool one like it.
In any event, they had a great opportunity to flash it for an extended period on Saturday, as Gardner blasted a grand slam – the first of his life, he believes, and certainly his big league career – to chase the Blue Jays’ Ricky Romero in New York’s 11-run third inning. It was Gardner’s fourth homer of 2010, and while he won’t be challenging for the American League lead anytime soon, Gardner does enjoy reminding people that he’s got some power in there.
“I think it’s always been there. I hit five in short-season in 2005 in  at-bats, so it’s not like I have a bunch of power. I think I have a little bit different approach at the plate now. I’m trying to be more aggressive and take some better swings. The last few years, I kind of got stuck in the mode of trying to trying to slap the ball the other way and run and get on base. I’m obviously not trying to develop into a home run hitter or anything like that. I’m just trying to use the whole field and be aggressive.”