Once, in spring training a few years ago, I was talking to a ballplayer — I think it was Jake Lamb, but it might’ve been another Diamondback — and I mentioned something happening “on Wednesday.” The player nodded and said, “wait, what’s today?” I chuckled, he chuckled and said something about how every day in spring training is the same and it’s hard to keep track.
I think of that once in a while, usually when I’m on vacation or away from home and it happens to me momentarily. Apparently, though, it’s a constant thing for ballplayers. And not just in spring training, as this fun story from Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post makes clear. And it applies to the writer too, who notes that he too sometimes looks up at the ceiling in a hotel room not knowing where he is or what day it is.
You people who travel a ton for work are superstars if you can keep your gravity. I’d probably go crazy.
George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Yankees and outfielder Brett Gardner are back together on a one-year, $12.5 million contract. The deal includes a second year option worth $20 million.
Gardner, 36, is coming off of the strongest offensive season of his career, batting .251/.325/.503 with 28 home runs, 74 RBI, 86 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases over 550 plate appearances. While he has certainly lost a step or two with age, he still rates as an above-average defensive corner outfielder as well.
As Joel Sherman of the New York Post notes, the Yankees also value Gardner — a veteran of 12 seasons — for his leadership, especially with CC Sabathia and Didi Gregorius gone.
Bringing Gardner back into the fold allows Giancarlo Stanton to remain the full-time DH. Gardner will return to left field with Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge reprising their roles in center and right, respectively.