"To have a guy of his stature, a Hall of Famer, want to go down there and see if he can help some people ... that's pretty cool," Gardenhire said.
Gardenhire played five seasons in the National League with the Mets and didn't cross paths with Brett, who spent his the entirety of his 21-year career with the Royals.
"I cheered him on from afar," Gardenhire said. "I always loved the way he played."
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.