Brett Gardner did not start last night in the New York Yankees' fourth game of the season. Brett Gardner did not play in the game.
Apparently Gardner was sore. As best as can be determined, his derriere was sore from sitting on the bench.
It is inexplicable that Gardner, who was declared the starting left fielder, has now been benched in half of the Yankees' first four games.
After telling the whole world on the Joe Girardi Show that he intended to try to put the same team on the field every day, Girardi proved last night that he doesn't have a clue how to go about doing that.
Gardner started games one and three in the opening series against Boston and played very well. He got into game two as a pinch hitter (of all things).
It is hard to imagine how Gardner could have done more in those three games to impress.
But apparently Girardi is more impressed with his ability to push buttons and manipulate—and so Gardner sat again.
For those of you who are in love with Gardner, you have every right to be upset with Girardi's decisions.
For those of us who aren't in love with Gardner, but can appreciate the special aspects he brings to the game, we are just confused.