"Sometimes, guys get painted a certain way in the media, and it's kind of hard to shake that," Gardner said. "But he's always been great to me. He's always been a great teammate. He's always welcomed me with open arms and more than willing to talk about anything, whether it be baseball related, business related, on the field, off the field, or anywhere in between. He's always been willing to give me his time. I'll always be grateful for that."