Bye-Bye Bernie (and Tino too?)

We don’t know if Bernie’s Yankee run is over, or if he’ll return to the stadium this year to do anything more than pack up his locker—we certainly hope he’ll be on the field again. Whatever the case, it’s been a great run. We’re by no means the first to note how the Yankees’ fortunes have matched up with his career trajectory over the last decade and a half: a slow start followed by glory and then a “decline” marked by excellence. Four titles, six pennants, a batting crown, a quartet of Gold Gloves, five trips to the All-Star Game. Not bad for a man who was never considered a “natural” but always a good citizen. If and when he’s gone, he will be missed. And he’ll always be our favorite centerfielder-jazz guitarist.

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  • I just want to say how much I love Bernie Williams. He probably is the classiest man to play for the Yanks since I have been watching in the early seventies. Even though his bat has slowed down, his arm has weakened, and he is not as fast has he use to be, there is nobody I would rather patrolling center field in the big ball orchead in the South Bronx. Bernie , you are a class act. Thanks for the memories, and with you ther have been alot

    James September 25, 2005, 5:14 pm
  • Bernie & Cano,
    In recent baseball history, who’s had more clutch hits, more big plays or scored more key runs than Bernie? Nobody. He’s first in baseball in career post-season hits, and fifth in career Yankee hits, behind Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe Dimaggio and Mickey Mantle.
    He’s a winning player, and he realizes that there are more important things than baseball. He’s the son of university professors and a Classical guitarist. Today MAY have been his last regular season home game as a Yankee, and he got four standing ovations from the fans, who want him back.
    Cano made boneheaded baserunning blunder when he was on first with one out and Jorgie singled — so instead of first and second with one out, it was Jorgie on first with two out and the Yankees behind three to one.
    The next time he came up, you knew he would atone for running them out of the inning, and he hit a two run home run to put the Yankees up four to three. He’s a good player, and he’s going to be a great player for the Yankees.
    He started the season very slowly and then he took off. Then he had a slump, and now he’s on fire again, hitting over .400 in September.
    Remember when Womack was our star second basemen? When we didn’t know who Cano, Wang, Small and Chacon were?Remember when Pavano, Brown, Stanton and Quantrill were key players?
    There are seven games left, and the Yankees’ Magic number is 8. The season will almost come down to the series in Fenway, The difference between Yankee fans and Red Sox fans is that win or lose, Yankee fans know their team won’t choke. While win or lose, Red Sox fans will say one team choked.

    john yf September 25, 2005, 7:40 pm
  • john yf –
    So, if the Yankees lose, they didn’t choke? What are you trying to say? God, the season isn’t over yet, and you are already getting your alibis ready?
    As a Sox fan, I state with conviction that we will win the AL East. Not that the Yankees will choke, and that we are the beneficiaries of that ‘luck’, but that we are the better team.
    If the Sox win out, how would that cause me or other Sox fans to say ‘one team choked’?
    Your ‘logic’ is lacking. I have to say that I wish to see you posting on October 2nd that you know that, although the Yankees didn’t make the playoffs, your team didn’t choke. That would make my day.

    sithkhan September 25, 2005, 10:51 pm
  • sithkhan
    I am saying they’re a good team and I support them. This seems to be hard for a number of Sox fans to accept.
    Go take a look at Soxaholix and look at how quickly some of the nation turns on their team. Look how they turned on Bellhorn and Foulke, and how quickly they went into depression when the Sox were half a game back.
    It’s only a game. Win or lose, life goes on, HAPPILY.
    But we’ll win.

    john yf September 26, 2005, 12:16 am
  • My apologies; I misunderstood the thrust of your post.

    sithkhan September 26, 2005, 3:13 am
  • Question. When was Tony Womack EVER a star?????

    Laura September 26, 2005, 6:13 am
  • Laura, I sensed irony in john yf’s statement about Womack. Just a little.

    Nick September 26, 2005, 8:05 am
  • I too turned on Bellhorn, but only after 300 strikeouts in two seasons, no check that, a season a a half. A couple playoff homeruns does not a career make. The guy sucks, and that’s all there is to it.
    I never turned of Foulke, but did not want to see him again until he was healthy. I wasn’t mad at the injury, but rather the comments he made while doing his best impersonation of the Playoff version of Kevin Brown every other game. I wanted him to shut down and have the surgery he clearly needed.
    I do however feel that the Sox will win, but I’m not discounting the Yanks. Whichever is out, it’s definitely not the result of a choke, but rather the white hot play of the Tribe. It’s a damn shame that one team with over 90 wins may not make the playoffs but somehow another team just hovering over .500 will. I just think that when you combine the fact that the Yanks next seven games on the the road, and four of them are against a team that was just swept twice, averages have to come into play sometime. The odds of the Yanks not losing a couple of those games are not good, but the same can be said for Boston and Toronto. It’s real hard to sweep a team two times in a row – especially when they played so close to winning last time. All that being said, I don’t think the odds of winning in the Fens is too good either for the Yankss, but on the bright side, I still don’t think the Wild Card is coming out of the Central. With those two teams playing each other so much this week, if one team does really well (say 5-2 or 6-1) and the other goes opposite, it could elimiante one of those teams.
    But, who the hell want’s to be the wildcard?

    brad-sf September 26, 2005, 8:05 am
  • I sure as hell wish Boston wasn’t the wild card last season, or Florida the year before for that matter, or Anaheim the year before that. So I’d take the wild card.

    JeremyM September 26, 2005, 10:11 am
  • John: I am in Milan now, at the foot of the Duomo, and if I knew the italian words for “enough already” I’d print them in bold type. The majority of Sox fans I know no longer view the team in the light you generalize as illuminating us all. I myself don’t expect the Sox to “choke” at the end. I am not cocky and so arrogant to assume that they are going to win, either. That’s due not to any sense of fatalism, but a feeling that these two teams are well-matched and each flawed. No result would surprise me, to be honest, at this point in the season.
    Nothing, that is, except for a tired Mariano Rivera coughing up a late-game lead when it matters. Particularly after Torre throws him out in the 9th inning of a foregone conclusion. Hack Hack!
    Arrividerci…

    SF September 26, 2005, 10:24 am
  • Yeah I saw that coming a mile away, Jeremy. I’m not saying that getting into the playoffs as the WC is a terrible thing, but when you spend the majority of the season in first place, it’d be nice to win the division, no? Obvioulsy being the wildcard means nothing when it comes to length of season, but it’s nice to win the division too. I’d be happy if the Sox make the playoffs no matter the position, I was just expressing my desire for them to win the East in the process.

    brad-sf September 26, 2005, 1:28 pm
  • Esse Effe —
    E “basta” a lei. Having a sharp needle and a thin skin may not the best combo, eh?
    As I keep saying, I love New England, and I know there are plenty of good Sox fans. One of the unexpected results of the internet for me has been seeing what weird things Sox fans say at places like Soxaholix. Look around internet, and you won’t find fans of any other teams saying similar things.
    What do I mean? Well first, Soxaholix is a great site – I don’t know of any other team with as good a site. Second, go look at the comments the day the Sox went into second. You’ll find pawsoxpop saying it’s only right that anyone wearing a Yankee hat within 2 blocks of Fenway should have the shit kicked out of them — and no one disagreeing. You’ll find almost everyone in total denial about the Sox dropping into second, and talking about “fair weather” “MFYs” — the Sox drop into second AND THE IMPORTANT THING TO DO IS TO PICK ON YANKEE FANS? DUH NILE!
    And you won’t find Cardinal sites talking about MFCs, or Giant fans talking about MFDs. It is a strange and unhappy view of the world. I know it is only some Sox fans who act like that, but it is a very strange phenomenon, and it does poke its head up here.
    My Sox fan friends, and there are many, don’t go around hoping to beat up Yankee fans. So it has really been bizarre to read the postings of the more miserable fans.
    John

    john yf September 27, 2005, 7:21 am
  • BTW, the Globe had a story a few weeks ago about the Sox banning Yankees Suck t-shirts inside Fenway, because so many Sox fans have complained to them about misanthropic Red Sox Lager Louts like pawsoxpop.

    john yf September 27, 2005, 8:31 am

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