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I think it is high time for the Yankees and Bernie Williams to patch-up whatever hard feelings may exist between them. The Yankees should honor one of the great modern Yankees in the House of Ruth Built before the end of the season, don't you think?
It would be nice to see him again.
The stadium would go bananas if Bernie walked out onto the field. I know I'd be yelling at home, too, assuming of course I didn't have a gigantic lump in my throat.
Yeah, man. I miss Bernie more than just about anyone else from those teams. The Yankees became Jeter's team, but Bernie is still The Man as far as I'm concerned.
C'mon back, Bernie. Give us the chance to show you we haven't forgotten.
In that last go around, he was offered a spring training invite. You can call that an insult to a player of Bernie's stature if you like, but the truth was that he just wasn't a productive major league player anymore. The same happened to Mike Piazza this year and will happen to Jeter and even A-Rod soon enough. Stating that Bernie didn't deserve to be on the 2007 Yankees does nothing to diminish the player he was, or more importantly the man he is. I don't know what else happened behind the scenes, but I wish Bernie would see that and come back.
If the Yanks want to do the right thing, and honor Bernie before the Stadium gets knocked down, they should call him, extend the olive branch.
Rivera would be the perfect diplomat to get both sides back together.
Here's hoping it happens, and if it does, I'll do everything I can to be there to stand up and cheer Bernie one more time.
hopefully sooner rather than later bernie will be able to make peace with his departure and the yankees and we will get to have a bernie williams day.
Bad timing: The departure of Big George from active control. His realpolitik on the field was always balanced by a rich sense of tradition and Yankee majesty that Hank doesn't seem to grasp yet. Big George would have given Bernie a front office job and a "Day" already.
Regrettable tendencies: We love Bernie. I love Bernie. But he has always been a little... let's say, childlike. This from someone who has spoken to him in person. And what he's spent the last year and a half doing is sulking, pure and simple.
If Big George were still in the hot seat and Bernie's skin were just a little thicker, we'd have the makings of a dramatic, emotional reconciliation -- sort of a "George/Yogi Lite."
As things stand, I think flinty Hank and touchy Bernie will remain ships that pass in the night. The historic opportunity Alex mentions will be lost. But I am soooo holding out for one or both of them to surprise us.
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