“Did Not Expect..”- New York Yankees Fans Emotionally Split Over Brett Gardner Departure

Published 11/05/2021, 10:30 PM EDT
Sep 30, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner (11) is greeted after hitting a solo home run against Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports


For the last 13 years, Brett Gardner has been a household name in the New York Yankees roster. In fact, he was the only player on the Yankees’ 2021 roster who was on the 2009 World Series winning team, the last time they won the Fall Classic.

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After 13 years with the Yankees however, the 38-year-old is a free agent. This led to mixed reactions among Yankees fans, who saw one of their most loyal players exit the organization for the first time since 2008.

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Fans react to long-time Yankee Brett Gardner becoming a free agent

Gardner made quite an impact since his MLB debut in 2008. In his second season with the Yankees, he won the World Series when the team, led by 14-time All-Star Derek Jeter, beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 in the best-of-seven series. That was the last time the Yankees won the world series, as they saw another quest fail this season with a loss in the AL Wildcard game to the Boston Red Sox.

While he stayed loyal to the Yankees, his decision to decline the player option shocked many. With the Yankees not extending the club option either, Gardner’s future with the Yankees is uncertain for the first time since joining them in 2018.

This led to fans expressing their reactions on Twitter. While some expressed their disappointment at seeing Gardner become a free agent, others expressed surprise relief to see him leave.

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Could Gardner rejoin with the New York Yankees next year?

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During the 2021 season, Gardner scored 47 runs, of which 10 were home runs and 39 RBI. Along with hitting, the southpaw also produced excellent fielding performances which make him an interesting free agent for next season.

Sep 25, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) is tagged out at home by Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (7) trying to score on a ground ball during the sixth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees could still offer him a new contract and keep the long-time Yankee on the roster. However, with several teams looking to strengthen their roster with an experienced hitter, Gardner could fit the bill.

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In addition, the 38-year-old rejecting the player option in his contract adds intrigue in terms of what he believes is his future. Will he move to another team? Will he retire as a loyal Yankee? Or will he re-sign for the 27-time World Series champions under new terms? Only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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