TAMPA — With the feeling the Astros have received more than enough heat in the last month-plus, Brett Gardner went with his off-speed stuff on Tuesday.
The longest-serving Yankee, in his first comments on the illegal sign-stealing scandal that has rocked baseball, held back — while still making his sentiments clear.
“Yeah, without getting too far into it, it’s frustrating to know, looking back, that maybe we weren’t on an even playing field,” Gardner said Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field, following the Yankees’ first full-squad workout.
The centerfielder was referring to the 2017 American League Championship Series, when the Yankees, without the home field advantage, lost to the Astros in seven games; the home team won each contest. Rob Manfred’s report on the Astros contended that they cheated during the ‘17 postseason.
“I’m sick of hearing about it and talking about it and being asked about it, to be honest,” Gardner said of the Astros matter. “You guys have a job to do and this is the first time I’ve been in front of you guys. I think that the more that we talk about it, the more it continues. It’s just bad for the…