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Around the Empire: Yankees news — 9/20/2020

Brett Gardner, turtleneck thief; Gardner intends to play in 2021; Domingo German appears to confirm that he will be back

MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports | Brendan Kuty: Fresh off of losing his starting left field job to Clint Frazier, long-time Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner reminded everybody that he still ran the clubhouse. Prior to last night’s game, Frazier jokingly tweeted, “can’t wear my mock turtleneck tonight because gardy took it from my locker and now he’s going to wear it.” Right on cue, Gardner came out last night donning his teammate’s signature mock turtleneck beneath his uniform. A good joke between friends, these shenanigans are a good sign for fans, as a team struggling and in a funk would not have time for this sort of fun.

Yahoo! Sports: Colin Martin: Speaking of Gardner, he has told reporters that he does not plan on retiring after the season, saying, “I definitely don’t want my last games played to be in front of no fans.” While noting that the season has been frustrating, he still expressed his belief that he can continue performing at a high level.

New York Post | Greg Joyce: Add another chapter to the Domingo Germán social media saga. The suspended pitcher posted on Instagram a video of himself running on a treadmill captioned “It isn’t over till it’s over — Yogi;” this comes on the heels of back-to-back days in July in which he posted in Spanish “I left baseball,” followed by “Baseball is my life and I promise I am not walking away.”