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Diving Headfirst Into a Promise

October 3, 2010

There’s a long and poignant history of major league baseball players promising sick children to hit a home run for them. Many of those stories have happy endings. This is one of those stories. Written by New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, it appeared in the October 2010 issue of Guideposts.

HOPE FOR A HOMER
This Major Leaguer had little chance of hitting a home run . . . until he visited some kids who gave him hope

New York Yankee Brett Gardner and Alyssa Esposito

I’m an outfielder for the New York Yankees, and I can do a lot of things to help my team win a ball game.

I’m blessed with great speed—I leg out bunts, steal bases and stretch singles into doubles. I’ve learned to be a disciplined hitter—I draw walks and I get on base. I’m pretty good with the glove too—I get to a lot of balls because of my speed.

What I definitely am not blessed with is power. I’m no slugger. One look at me and you’ll know why.

The official Yankees’ guide lists me as 5’ 10,” 185 pounds, but that’s generous. When I walked to the plate the night of May 15, 2009, I had one career home run to my credit. And I (more…)