“The Yankees,” continued The Times, clearly “need many more like him.”
Before playing in pinstripes and winning a 2009 World Series ring with the Yankees, Gardner was a walk-on star for the Cougars. Since being drafted into the major leagues, Gardner has developed a reputation as one of the game’s quickest base runners and best outfielders. He is, in a word, reliable.
“Someone you can count on every day — offensively, defensively, the little things he’s capable of doing,” Manager Joe Girardi told The Times. “He’s a force.”
In November, Gardner was honored at Charleston Place Hotel as the College’s Young Alumnus of the Year during the College’s annual Alumni Awards Gala.
To read more about Gardner’s accomplishments, check out the College of Charleston Magazine, which profiled the slugger in 2010 following his World Series win. And after that, be sure to watch as the Yankees open their season against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 6th in New York City.