Bern Baby Bern: A Bolt from Our Most Mortal Immortal

When we saw it go (is it still going?) we thought A-Rod’s monster home run would be the story of today’s game. We suppose not. Mariano doesn’t blow a save too often (and in this heat, all is forgiven), and we were glad to see his rescue came at the hands of Bernie Williams, who gave us another in a career of big hits for the Yankees.

Readers of this site know that we’ve long lamented Bernie’s presence in the Yankee outfield this season. But that’s a failure of the organization, not the man. We’ll always appreciate Bernie and be grateful for his service. If there’s any player, over the years, with whom we’ve been able to identify, it’s been him. Bernie is not, as his critics so often point out, a “natural.” He has poor “instincts.” For those of us who aren’t supernaturally gifted at the things we do—those of us who get by, with some degree of success, on a combination of intelligence and hard work and what native talent we might have—can’t help but enjoy such a human superstar. Jeter, by contrast, strikes us as essentially Olympian—a vision of our most perfect selves. (And we like that kind of hero, too.)

12 comments… add one
  • Too much saccharine is bad for the health, YF.

    SF August 13, 2005, 7:48 pm
  • for those of us who aren’t supernaturally gifted at the things we do
    Oh, and don’t drag me down in your own morass of self-doubt.

    SF August 13, 2005, 7:58 pm
  • SF, that’s why YF said for “those of us” and not “the rest of us”. A subtle discrepance, but a difference nevertheless. Is it time to take an English comprehension class again?

    Eng.Comp.101 August 13, 2005, 8:44 pm
  • I can read – I just wanted to make sure nobody lumped me in with YF. Nothing wrong with clarifying that, even if some of our readers take things just a tad too seriously here, down to the (possibly unintentional and) arcane spelling of the word “discrepancy”.
    It does seem, however, that your comment is a clear acknowledgment of my own supernatural gifts, even as you insult. I am completely with you on my skills, in that case, EC101.

    SF August 13, 2005, 9:00 pm
  • Yes, they laughed when I suggested the Yankees consider using starters in relief on their throwing days — but what is Joe now doing with great success?
    First Chacon, and now Small.
    (and before you jump in, SF, no, you weren’t part of the discussion)

    john yf August 13, 2005, 9:50 pm
  • SF as Superman? Residents of Röcken bei Lützen should be on guard for flying debris tonight: Nietzsche is currently spinning in his grave.

    YF August 13, 2005, 10:55 pm
  • go bo sox, yet again, make me a very happy single woman.

    maria perticone August 14, 2005, 2:56 am
  • No rolling down here. SF is the man. Er hat immer Recht. Alle Hagel der Rot Sox, die Meister.

    Fred Nietzsche August 14, 2005, 7:34 am
  • What’s going to be especially nice about Bernie, is seeing the man playing corner outfield and DH for some small park like Texas or Baltimore next year.
    I will say this, of all the current Yanks, Bernie is one of the few that has not given the rest of the world a reason to despise him, and the Yanks will miss a class act – past his prime, but a class guy nonetheless.

    Brad-SF August 14, 2005, 1:43 pm
  • Brad, you’re assuming that the Yankees would let him walk. It’s true they turned down his $16 million option, but then again it’s not 2001 anymore. There is nothing that would make the Yankees not sign him at a reasonable rate at the end of the season. He knows his legacy here, and he’s a fan favorite. He’s got very little reason to go elsewhere, and he’s a favorite of the Boss too. If you remember in 1998, when he was free agent and the Sox offered him something close to $70 million, it took the Boss 15 minutes to up his offer to $87 million to have him come back. Bernie is not going anywhere.

    YF.in.NJ August 14, 2005, 7:17 pm
  • Mr. Torre met with Bernie a few days ago and told him that this is his time of the year and that the team needs him if we’re going to win: to forget the rest of the year, and to do what Bernie always does at this time of year, namely get hot and come through with clutch hits.
    Results so far? Two clutch dingers.
    Unless the Sox try to overpay him (like last time, when they doubled what Mr. Steinbrenner was offering), Bernie will be back next year. He’s a Yankee. He came up before me and has all sorts of post-season records for hits and runs batted in.
    Jorgie’s picking up, and so are Mackie and Tino. Somebody always picks us up.

    jetes August 15, 2005, 7:30 am
  • Unless the Sox try to overpay him (like last time, when they doubled what Mr. Steinbrenner was offering
    What? The Sox bid, the Yankees outbid them by a massive amount. If the Sox were willing to “overpay”, then what did the Yankees do when they blew that inflated Boston offer out of the water? I think you don’t understand the logic of your own words, Jetes.

    SF August 15, 2005, 9:35 am

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