As Joe Girardi was walking around the Yankees training facility in Tampa on Tuesday, he kept noticing pieces of cloth in different spots on the outfield grass.
Finally, curiosity got the better of him and he bent over and picked up one of the larger pieces.
It was fine cloth, amazingly white with small dark blue pinstripes in it.
And it was ragged around the edges and seemed to be a little bit singed.
Girardi carried the piece of cloth back toward the clubhouse, noticing numerous other pieces of the same cloth laying around the outfield.
Girardi saw bench coach, Tony Pena and stopped to ask, "Hey Tony, what's with the cloth all over the field? Looks like uniform material."
"Yeah, Joe, that's what it is."
"But where did it come from?"
"It's Gardner's uni's. Man, that guy is so fast his uniforms are catching on fire as he runs wind sprints in the outfield. He's going through about seven uniforms a day."
"Oh, wow. Not sure Cash is going to like that. You know, that budget thing and all. What can we do?"
"Well, you don't want to slow him down. We might have someone look into having him some special uniforms made that would be more heat resistant. You know, like fire fighters wear."
"Yeah, that might be a good idea. I'll check in the office and have someone get in touch with the NYPD and see what they use."