All Heart

The Yankees may be losing 6-2, but there is no quit in them.

Brett Gardner proved that point on one spectacular play.
With no outs in the fifth inning, Jayson Werth lined a rocket shot to the
left-centerfield wall.

Gardner sprinted toward the wall, and with complete reckless
abandon, he leaped into the air, caught the ball and crashed backwards into the
wall.

If you are watching this game, I don’t have to convince you
of how inspiring Gardner’s catch was or of how hard the impact must have been. From my vantage point (auxiliary press box in left field) I have a birds-eye view of the outfield, and I could see the cushioning on the wall move inward when Gardner slammed up against it.

Gardner didn’t get up off the ground for a few minutes, but
he also refused to leave the game.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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