Peter Pan Syndrome

Bernie Williams was approached by a camera crew at a charity dinner last night, and was of course asked about his plans for this year, how he felt about the Yanks not offering him a deal, and whether he would be willing to play for another team. Bernie responded with the thoughtful, courteous, introspective answers we’ve come to expect from one of the classiest players to ever don the pinstripes. This, he said, was the "difficult" part of the business, and spoke of "Peter Pan Syndrome"—of playing a child’s game and never wanting to grow up. "Who wouldn’t want to continue to do this?" We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again here. There’s probably no room on the Yankee roster for Bernie. If he chooses to retire, he deserves every possible honor in the Bronx. But if he chooses to continue with his career elsewhere, we’ll only wish him the best, and look forward to seeing an old friend play out his career at his own pace. 

5 comments… add one

  • agreed. I’ll root for Bernie anywhere he plays..except maybe Boston.

    Nick-YF January 28, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • we wouldn’t want him either

    edw January 28, 2007, 3:51 pm
  • I think Bernie meant “Rickey Henderson Syndrome.”
    I bet there is at least one GM out there hoping for the chance to sign Bernie, thus adding Bernie’s Leadership, Veteran Presence, and Knowledge of How to Win to his team. Maybe Dayton Moore.

    Jeremy January 28, 2007, 4:13 pm
  • I have to admire guys, like Bernie, who’ve just constantly beat the snot out of teams I like year after year.
    Shame on Cashman for letting him twist. Yanks should’ve just given him the nice personal services contract (after his eventual retirement) and announced he wouldn’t be back with the Yanks as a player, and moved on with onfield personnel….and should’ve done it back in December. Stringing him around just in case an OF or Giambi gets hurt in ST is ridiculous.
    Geez, Yanks FO, show some class, willya?.

    Jim in CT SF January 28, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • …he won’t retire jim, and the yanks don’t have the heart to fire him…that’s the real nature of this stalemate…

    dc January 29, 2007, 12:06 am

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