Johnny Who? Brett The Jet Has Made Damon Just a Memory.

Lucas WeickCorrespondent IMay 10, 2010

I'm sure when Johnny Damon signed with the Tigers this past off season many Yankee Fans, including myself, were wondering who's playing left field?

Well, Brett Gardner is that man, and he has done better than any one could have ever imagined coming into this season.

Not only has he filled Damon's shoes nicely, but is now the every day center fielder with Curtis Granderson on the DL.

Gardner is one of the fastest and most feared base runners in the Majors, with 14 steals going into Monday, good for second, behind only Juan Pierre who has 15.

Who would have thought that Brett Gardner would have as many stolen bases as Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton combined in mid May? I know I sure didn't.

He continues to be a tough out at the plate as well, hitting .344, but more importantly he leads the league with the most two strike hits and most pitches seen per plate appearance.

Only adding to the gauntlet that opposing pitchers go through every time they face the Yankees, usually being knocked out in the 5th or 6th innings due to high pitch counts.

Plus he provides youth injection into an ever aging Yankee lineup, much in the same way Melky Cabrera did when he first came up.

One thing is for sure, Yankee's GM Brian Cashman is feeling a lot better about letting Damon walk and trading Melky, who are now just a fond memory of years past, all thanks to Brett "The Jet" Gardner.