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Bernie talks about his future

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 25, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

4695.jpgBernie Williams, in his role as a guitar player, made an appearance in Irvington, N.Y., on Wednesday night to play with jazz guitarist Gil Parris.

We had a writer there and Bernie had some interesting things to say in an exclusive interview:

On his future: “I have come to a place in my career where there are other things in my life that have become just as important as baseball. If this is the end, there are no regrets. I gave it my best shot. One of the things I’ve always wanted was to gain the respect from my teammates, and I think I’ve done that. I may be a little goofy at times, but nobody can say I didn’t play the game hard.”

On whether he could play for another team: “Yeah, I think I could. The loyalty factor goes both ways. When a team that you’ve played for doesn’t want to offer a contract, it is making a business decision. So I have to make a business decision.”

On the Yankees: “When you give a large chunk of your life to a team, it is hard. It’s not like I am a journeyman. Part of me says if they wanted me, they would have made an offer by now. When you play this game for a long time, you take things for granted and think it won’t end. But the harsh reality of it is, it will.”

It certainly sounds like he realizes he likely won’t play for the Yankees in 2007. Bernie has a lot of pride and hopefully whatever disappointment he is feeling will fade. There almost certainly will be a “Bernie Williams Day” at the Stadium at some point and 51 will be retired.

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