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Bernie Williams officially retires, gets his plaque

It all kinda happened at once, huh?  Bernie Williams hasn’t played since 2006 and he’s just getting around to signing his retirement papers.  Maybe his playing career had a bit of an ugly ending, but everything is getting prettied up now.  Now, his number is retired, his plaque is up… it’s all finally happened! click the link for more video of Bernie’s retirement!

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED (AGAIN): Bernie Williams’ #51 will be retired on Sunday, May 24th, 2015

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The New York Yankees will officially retire Bernie Williams’ #51 on Sunday, May 24th, 2015.  It’s finally happening!  It’s official.

Thanks to everyone who signed the petition!  I’m sure this would have happened without sites and folks like us, but maybe we nudged things along.  I’ve particularly felt that since the Yankees’ 2009 championship, Bernie Williams accomplishments and contributions to the team have been overlooked/overshadowed by the myth of the Core Four.  Cool nickname, but a complete fallacy.  Bernie Williams (and excellent starting pitching) was a huge part of the Dynasty Era championships and as for 2009, there is no way the Yankees win without CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez.

I got off on a tangent there – this is time for celebration!  Bernie Williams is finally getting the honor he deserves.  See you on Sunday, May 24th, 2015!

Bernie Williams plaque coming in 2015!

I assume there’s a formal announcement out there somewhere, but this New York Times article says Bernie Williams is getting a plaque next year!

Crazy!  And it’s about friggin’ time!

I’m speechless.  I’ll let this sink in for a few days and try to rally my thoughts.

Bernie Williams jammed with Mike Huckabee?!?

That is totally crazy… except it sounds like they didn’t actually play together.  I guess when the LA Times said ‘jam session,’ they meant ‘talking together in a room.’

Turning to Williams, he said, “I’m going to ask you the tough question. Bernie, you hold a World Series ring and you’ve also been nominated for a Grammy. No other living American can claim that. Given the audience that you have here, go ahead and tell us, which one was the most significant one.”

“Oh,” said Williams. “That’s a good one. … I don’t know a good way to answer that question, but I definitely enjoyed both.”

Can you believe Huckabee hosts a show?  That’s the worst question ever.  What was Bernie supposed to say?  “That’s a good one” sounds to me like code for, “You’re an idiot.  Will somebody get this idiot out of my face?”  Why didn’t he ask him, “Bernie, seriously, which one of your kids do you like the best?”  Horrendous.

 

Bernie Williams is at Yankees Spring Training Camp!

Bernie Williams has arrived at the Yankees Spring Training Camp as a special guest instructor!  If you’re in the Tampa area, maybe swing by and you’ll catch a site of #51!

Bernie Williams Shy Of Hall Of Fame Votes

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As expected, Bernie Williams was not elected to the Hall of Fame.  Bernie received 55 votes and appeared on 9.6 percent of ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.  Unfortunately, it’s necessary to capture 75% of the vote for induction. Only Barry Larkin of the Cincinnati Reds was elected this time around, but Don Mattingly received 102 votes, or 17.8 percent, so it’s not all doom and gloom – Mattingly got much less last time.

Maybe the veterans committee with vote Bernie in some day in the future, but I don’t see the BWAA voting him in.

Experts Don’t Expect Bernie Williams To Make The Hall of Fame

Just a quick link dump concerning Bernie’s chances to make the Hall:

RiverAveBlues.com:  Bernie Williams and the Hall of Fame

Fangraphs.com:  Bernie Williams, Post Season and the Hall of Fame

I also don’t expect Bernie Williams to make the Hall, but then, like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t put much stock in baseball’s immortal resting place because of the glaring omissions.   (COUGH – Roger Maris! – COUGH)

Whatever.  Bernie Williams is an immortal Yankee; that’s all I care about.

Bernie Williams Eligible For Hall Of Fame!

If you haven’t already heard, Bernie Williams is now eligible for hall of fame!  I’m not sure Bernie meets whatever odd standards the HoF uses, but then, I’ve never been a big fan of the HoF anyway.  (No Roger Maris?  Really, HoF?  Really?)  Still, it’s neat to think about!

Here is the complete list of everyone who is eligible this year:
Jeromy Burnitz
Vinny Castilla
Brian Jordan
Javy Lopez
Bill Mueller
Terry Mulholland
Phil Nevin
Brad Radke
Tim Salmon
Ruben Sierra
Bernie Williams
Tony Womack
Eric Young

What do you think?

Bernie Williams To Play Good Counsel Homes Benefit Show At St. George Theatre

Bernie is playing a benefit concert for Good Counsel Homes at the St. George Theatre on Saturday, October 15.  He plans to play some of his originals as well as some cover tunes – should be a good show!

 

WHERE: 

St. George Theatre

35 Hyatt Street

Staten Island, NY

WHEN:  Saturday, October 15, 2011

Showtime: 8:00pm

Tickets: $100, $75, $51, $30

Purchase via Ticket Master or call the St. George Theatre 718-442-2900 during box office hours

St. George Theatre box office hours:

Monday 9:30am – 2pm
Tuesday – Friday 9:30am – 2pm
Saturday: Closed unless show is scheduled.
Sunday: Closed unless show is scheduled.

Awesome ‘Bern Baby Bern’ Merchandise at RAB Store

I just picked up the ‘Bern Baby Bern’ tote bag so I can take Bernie grocery shopping with us.  That’s how I roll.

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If that is not, in fact, how you roll, there are plenty of other choices like t-shirts and what not you can get this design applied to.  You can satisfy all of your ‘Bern Baby Bern’ needs at the River Ave Blues shop found here.

Bernie Williams to play Charity Softball Game and Concert in Ridgefield, CT

Two events, one day – all Bernie Williams!

Bernie is playing a charity softball game and concert at The Ridgefield Playhouse.  The game starts at 1pm on the field next to the Playhouse and the performance is later that night at 8pm.  (Wow – the concert conflicts with the time for game 2 of the ALDS!)  The game is reputed to be played by Bernie Williams and Friends, but I haven’t been able to find out exactly who that means. Read the rest of this entry

Bernie Williams Allusion on The West Wing

Ever watch that show The West Wing?  I watched the hell out of that show – you can’t beat Martin Sheen!!

Anyway, check out this scene – Martin Sheen’s character, President Bartlett, makes a great allusion to Bernie Williams to make a fantastic point.

President Bartlet: The center fielder for the Yankees is an accomplished classical guitarist. People who like baseball can’t like books?

From the episode Posse Comitatus, which originally aired on Wednesday May 22, 2002.

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