"I'm really excited, but the hard work has just begun. Whatever I've done in spring training doesn't matter anymore. I've still got to get off to a good start in the regular season, and do the little things I'm capable of doing to help this team win,'' Gardner said this morning.
Gardner was so focued on winning the job, and not taking anything for granted, that he has no idea where he's going to live in New York. We'll check the Milford Plaza rates.
Anyway, as we mentioned in today's main story, the last time the Yankees had three different starting center fielders for opening day was 1979-81, with Mickey Rivers, Ruppert Jones and Jerry Mumphrey. You gotta love Mickey, but the other two fellows weren't exactly Willie and the Duke.
So, greetings from Dunedin, where Andy Pettitte faces the Blue Jays. Toronto lefty David Purcey will face this lineup: Jeter, Johnny, Tex, Matsui, Swisher (RF), Cano, Ransom, Molina, Gardner.
Hang in there -- opening day is a week from today. Incidentallly, the Yankees are taking a train to Baltimore from New York on Sunday morning (or at least they were up until yesterday. Joe Girardi has called a 1:20 p.m. workout Sunday afternoon).