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Yankees media reacts to Brett Gardner’s return to pinstripes

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Beat writers and Gardner’s teammates on the Yankees expressed excitement about the veteran’s return in 2021.

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It was a Friday night Gardy party, as MLB described it. On Friday evening, word got out that the Yankees and Brett Gardner had finally sat down to figure out the more granular details of Gardner’s return to the Bronx in 2021. After much speculation in the offseason, the Yankees re-signed Gardner, their longest-tenured player, to a one-year, $4 million deal. The contract includes both a player and a team option for 2022.

While it’s hard to imagine the veteran outfielder playing for any other team, the lack of news about Gardy troubled some Yankee fans, who grew more worried as the day when position players are supposed to report to spring training grew closer. Just as the idea of Gardy not returning to the Yankees started to look like a possibility, news of his re-signing broke out. Attendees of the Gardy Party can breathe a collective sigh of relief, because it’s official: Gardner will return to the Yanks for a 14th season.

MLB’s Jon Heyman beat his colleagues to the scoop and broke the news that Gardner and the Yankees had agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal. Everyone knew Heyman wasn’t playing around because at no point was there a mention of a Mystery Team.

A number of Yankees took to Twitter to express their excitement regarding Gardner’s return. Their posts illustrate how much respect Gardner’s teammates have for him, both as a clubhouse leader and teammate.

Aaron Judge expressed enthusiasm about the return of his mentor and outfield buddy. Judge seems really psyched to attend the 14th annual Gardy party.

Yankees beat reporters had positive reactions to Gardner’s re-signing as well. Makes sense, since Gardner has always been candid and made himself available for the press. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com included a very Gardy-esque GIF in his acknowledgement of the news.

Of course, Gardner’s re-signing prompted some questions about how or if Gardner’s return would have any impact on Clint Frazier’s playing time in left field. In his daily press conference, Yankees manager Aaron Boone reiterated his vision of Frazier as the Yankees’ starting left-fielder in 2021.

For his part, Frazier seemed happy about the news that Gardy would be back, even though Gardner’s return may threaten Clint’s supply of mock turtlenecks.

WFAN’s Sweeny Murti addressed the odd schism that exists among Yankees fans when Brett Gardner is concerned. Believe it or not, there are fans who fail to appreciate Gardy’s hustle, intensity and grinder mentality. Through Murti’s tweet we also learned that Keith Hernandez counts himself as a fan of the Gard dog.

As the last remaining link to the Yankees team that won the 2009 World Series, Gardy’s eventual retirement will certainly mark the end of an era. Lucky for us, that won’t happen for at least another year.