New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner has stumbled across a rare kind of bird — one that hasn’t been seen in a year.
That would be first baseman Greg Bird, the left-handed hitting slugger who missed the entire 2016 season due to injury.
After a strong, but brief, rookie campaign in which he hit 11 home runs with a .529 slugging percentage, Bird re-emerged at the Yankees’ Spring Training complex in Florida …
Much to the delight of Gardner.
Props to Gardner for trying to lure Bird back with some sunflower seeds. Heads up thinking from the speedy outfielder.
Of course, this isn’t Gardner’s first starring role with the Yankees. You might remember him from his role recreating one of the most popular scenes from The Sandlot or when he shared an exclusive inside look at how useful his bat is in his everyday life — which apparently inspired teammate Adam Warren.
What’s up Gardner’s sleeve next is anyone’s guess. Perhaps he’ll take up astrology with Starlin Castro, or take up singing Christmas tunes with first baseman Matt Holliday. Or maybe one of his teammates takes up Gardening at some point this spring. But whatever happens, expect this Yankees outfielder to be in the middle of it.