It’s Opening Day, which means baseball is officially back.
The offseason is over, the free agents have all signed, the grass is looking greener, and the weather is warming up.
With Opening Day always comes a sense of comfort and relief, but it allows fans and players to look back and celebrate their respective team’s legends, remembering what they did for the organization and cherishing that forever.
The New York Yankees are doing just that today.
According to MLB insider Lindsey Adler, a couple of current Yankee players, those being Aaron Judge and Gerrit Cole, are using the lockers that once belonged to former Yankees CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner.
Back in the Yankees’ clubhouse in the Bronx for the first time since 2019. Gerrit Cole now has the lockers CC Sabathia had before retiring; Aaron Judge has the lockers that used to belong to Brett Gardner.
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) April 8, 2022
A Nice Touch
This is a nice little touch for Opening Day, using the lockers that belonged to some Yankee greats.
It’s a good way to look back on the past and celebrate the legends that came before.
Both Gardner and Sabathia were well loved by Yankees fans and looked up to by the players as team leaders, so it’s nice to see the team honoring these two players who were mainstays in the Yankees organization for over 10 years.
Sabathia and Gardner’s impact on the city of New York, Yankees fans, and the players is obviously still felt.
These two were of course some of the leaders on the squad late in their careers and were the last two remaining members of the Yankees’ 2009 World Series championship ballclub.
So, the Yankees took matters into their own hands and made sure to honor these two players by assigning their former lockers to some current Yankee stars.
The Yankees organization is undeniably storied, and Judge and Cole should also be honored to use the lockers that were once used by these mainstays.