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.
Bye-Bye Bernie (and Tino too?)
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