Brett Gardner isn’t ready for the ride to end. Not without one more roll call.
Nearing the end of the improbable journey that has seen a former College of Charleston walk-on morph into the longest-tenured player on the Yankees — the final remaining piece of the 2009 championship team — the 37-year-old Gardner said Friday he hopes to return in 2021 for his 14th season in pinstripes, for his 13th season in front of the people who have made The Bronx feel like home.
“I definitely don’t want my last games played to be in front of no fans, and obviously would love to have my family have the chance to see me play again,” Gardner said who did not play in the Yankees’ 6-5, 12-inning win over the Red Sox on Friday night. “I just know that the last few months playing in front of no fans — my family can watch on TV and see me play, but it’s not the same as in-person — I’d love that opportunity to do that again next year. I feel great and I feel like I can still do it. We’ll see what happens in a few months, but right now I’m just focused on this team and trying to go into the playoffs strong and try and win a World Series.”
The decision to return…