Thursday, April 8, 2010

Another reason I am sad to miss the Yankees Home Opener...

Mr. Bernie Williams, my all-time favorite Yankees player, is throwing out the first pitch at next Tuesday's home opener. This news is via Jon Lane's YES Network blog and too important to save for my end of the week links round-up.

Bernie was a magnificent Yankee. Did you know in 1998 he won a Gold Glove AND a World Series ring with the Yanks? Oh, and that same year he also hit .339 and won a batting title. He rocks! More importantly, Bernie always acted with a distinguished composure and showed that he was a gentleman and a sportsman during his time on the Yanks. Even more importantly, he never dogged it like some of his other teammates *ahem*.

Here is Bernie looking super dapper back in November...

Latin GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals
(Image via PicApp)

In 2006, Bernie locked in an impressive 2nd highest career doubles for any Yankee (usually I find these records super trite, but passing a great player like Donny Baseball and being as awesome as Bernie Williams earns a shout out for the achievement). Here are some other very impressive stats, found on Wikipedia, which I hate to source but Mr. Williams doesn't have an official site...

Bernie's Yankees All-Time Awesome and Not-At-All Trite Records

  • 2nd all-time in doubles
  • 4th all-time in walks
  • 5th all-time in hits
  • 5th all-time in extra-base hits
  • 6th all-time in home runs
  • 6th all-time in RBIs

Bernie is also an accomplished musician. Jazz isn't really my thing but it's Bernie, so I love it. Check out his performance of "Go For It" last June on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson:

I am elated to welcome him back to the Bronx on Tuesday, even if I will being welcoming him back in spirit only, since I will be watching the game either at home or at the gym, in Queens.

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