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Where Have You Gone, Bernie Williams?
2008-07-09 08:06
by Alex Belth

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?

2008-07-09 08:18:49
1.   Raf
I think it's time too. I don't know if the organization has reached out to him, but it may be pride that's keeping Bernie away. It seems his time with the Yanks has been uneasy, from beginning to end.

It would be nice to see him again.

2008-07-09 08:28:40
2.   Schteeve
I think Bernie needs to get over himself. He is one of my favorite Yankees, but he wanted a guaranteed spot on the team when it was clear that his defense was killing the team, and he wasn't the best option at DH.
2008-07-09 08:29:56
3.   Alex Belth
Pride kills...
2008-07-09 08:34:48
4.   bp1

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.

2008-07-09 08:38:11
5.   JL25and3
2 Ballplayers don't get to the majors without huge helpings of pride and ego. That last chapter is done, and I don't see any need for us to harp on it anymore than for him. I prefer to remember Bernie as a wonderful, graceful player (with awful baseball instincts).
2008-07-09 08:48:27
6.   tommyl
2 5 I'll always remember Bernie as a sensitive, talented and graceful player (though not running the bases). However, it can be argued that he was brought back one if not two years when he was not the best option almost purely out of loyalty to him from the organization and Joe Torre.

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.

2008-07-09 09:22:32
7.   Bob Timmermann
Perhaps Bernie can come to L.A. and play center for the Dodgers. Joe Torre will show him some deference. And he's got to be able to hit better than Andruw Jones.
2008-07-09 09:22:49
8.   Sliced Bread
Bernie's not going to call Cashman with his hat in his hand, begging forgiveness or anything like that. Nor should he.

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.

2008-07-09 09:25:47
9.   ms october
yeah bernie was my favorite player too and i miss the other gob - good ole bernie.

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.

2008-07-09 14:56:18
10.   Schteeve
5 And boxers don't become boxers without being good at punching people, but there's a time and a place for it, ya know?
2008-07-09 17:59:57
11.   JL25and3
10 Right. And last year was the time to criticize Bernie for letting his ego get in the way. Leading with that now seems gratuitous and mean-spirited.
2008-07-10 07:58:25
12.   FreddySez
The current state of Yankee-Bernie relations is a perfect storm of bad timing and regrettable tendencies coming together.

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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