Bernie 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 Iâ€™ve always wanted was to gain the respect from my teammates, and I think Iâ€™ve done that. I may be a little goofy at times, but nobody can say I didnâ€™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 youâ€™ve played for doesnâ€™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. Itâ€™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 wonâ€™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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