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Bad news for Bernie Williams

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Dec 29, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

As you probably know, Bernie Williams joined a winter ball team in Puerto Rico with the idea of playing himself into shape to compete in the World Baseball Classic.

After a 1-for-7 start, I’ve been told Bernie suffered a serious quad injury. No word on whether his comeback his finished. But at the age of 40, those sort of injuries are tough to rehab.

Bernie has enrolled at Purchase College to pursue his music ambitions and he has a record coming out in the spring. But obviously baseball remains in his blood and he never has actually retired. Hopefully this injury is something he can overcome.

 
 

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41 Responses to “Bad news for Bernie Williams”

  1. Tseng December 29th, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    So much for signing him to play CF next year.

    I’m kidding.

  2. EricNS December 29th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    I’m sorry for Bernie – it is hard to give up something one did for so long.

  3. Bronx Jeers December 29th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    That’s just too bad. I was hoping to see him play in the WBC.

    Hang in there Bernie!

  4. Buddy Biancalana December 29th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Poor Bernie!

  5. erik December 29th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    as someone who met bernie in my first game at yankee stadium at 7 years old in 1990, his rookie year, i am truly disparaged by this. i was VERY MUCH looking forward to him playing again. but what is meant to be, is meant to be. bernie, we will all always love you, for the player and CLASS ACT you were, and always will be.

  6. Al from BK December 29th, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Poor Bernie! Hopefully he can focus on his music career full-time as he rehabs.

  7. jennifer December 29th, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Well how much can he play the guitar with a quad injury? I am being serious when I say this.

  8. Nick in SF in Charlotte December 29th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    I’m sorry for Bernie. If he doesn’t recover in time for the WBC, maybe he can QB for the Jets.

  9. MoBoy(aka McLovin) December 29th, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Bernie had baseball in he’s blood but he should have took the olive branch from torre back in 2007 off-season.He is to blame while the Yankees were getting struck out in the postseason he was playing Jazz.

    He has so many post-season records and will always be in the top 5 but he should have stilled played as a back-up.

    I

  10. Bronx Jeers December 30th, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Bernie on the Jets?

    The Jets would never sign an aging player with a suspect shoulder who can’t decide to retire or not.

  11. jennifer December 30th, 2008 at 12:04 am

    nick we’ve already dealt with having a qb that can’t throw more than 10 yards, you want one that can’t throw more than 5? :lol:

  12. Frank from Chatham December 30th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    As a jazz buff, I had to buy Bernie’s initial Cd a few years ago – it was very good for a first CD so I am anxious to hear his guitar on his second.

    Bernie was total class. Maybe now he can give his concentration to his music and to being the Yankee elder statesman that we crave.

  13. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 30th, 2008 at 12:12 am

    “I’m sorry for Bernie. If he doesn’t recover in time for the WBC, maybe he can QB for the Jets.”

    If not RW MCQuarters can be a good candidate he sure has the back padel down pact.

  14. Bronx Jeers December 30th, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Maybe Bernie could record a guitar only version of God Bless America a la Hendrix.

    Bernie’s version of GBA > Kate Smith’s in a landslide !

  15. harwood December 30th, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Counselor Mussina please dial 51 at a courtesy phone, Mussina dial 51.

  16. Nick in SF in Charlotte December 30th, 2008 at 12:22 am

    I think Bernie played a classic guitar rendition of “Cotton-Eye Joe” at Carnegie Hall.

  17. YankeeRay December 30th, 2008 at 12:27 am

    Bronx Jeers
    December 30th, 2008 at 12:03 am
    Bernie on the Jets?

    The Jets would never sign an aging player with a suspect shoulder who can’t decide to retire or not.

    —–

    Todays best line

  18. Marc December 30th, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Pete, have you heard when the Teixeira Press Conference is likely to be? Probably next tuesday, right?

  19. RhapsodyInBlue December 30th, 2008 at 12:44 am

    Bernie,

    I love you like a brother but the reality is you’re 40 pal, get a big screen TV, surround sound a great recliner and join the crowd, it’s not such a bad thing.

  20. Tint December 30th, 2008 at 12:45 am

    damn. Bernie was my favorite Yankee when he was around.

    hopefully he finds a way to get healed up, and if not, i’m hoping to see that quad on eBay in a week tops

  21. gianthinker December 30th, 2008 at 12:48 am

    this is too bad. i still love bernie. his music isn’t bad either.

  22. Distd December 30th, 2008 at 12:53 am

    For some reason, RW McQuarters is one of my favorite players.

  23. Zolio December 30th, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Jets should trade for Seneca Wallace

    Put him behind a good O-Line, great receiving core and he will put up McNabb numbers

  24. Eric December 30th, 2008 at 12:59 am

    I’ll never forget McQuarters for intercepting Garcia, Romo, and Favre in the playoffs last year… the first two guys on the final play of the game.

    McQuarters pick of Romo in the end-zone with 0.00 on the clock was epic.

  25. R-Tek December 30th, 2008 at 1:00 am

    There are so many similarities between Bernie and Favre

  26. gianthinker December 30th, 2008 at 1:19 am

    You think Nady AND Swisher could get us Edinson Volquez?

  27. gianthinker December 30th, 2008 at 1:22 am

    “I’ll never forget McQuarters for intercepting Garcia, Romo, and Favre in the playoffs last year… the first two guys on the final play of the game.
    McQuarters pick of Romo in the end-zone with 0.00 on the clock was epic.”

    Yeah, pretty ironic that the old men (RW & Madison) finished teams off late last season. Then no one thought RW would be on the team this year (because of his $ and the #’s game) and that Madison would be on the bubble to make the roster and the BOTH made the team again. Got to love those older NFLers. They have flaws and have lost steps and such but they show the young guys how to play the game right. I love the Giants.

  28. knudsen December 30th, 2008 at 1:24 am

    Bernie is a class act, Favre is not.

  29. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 30th, 2008 at 1:55 am

    “I’ll never forget McQuarters for intercepting Garcia, Romo, and Favre in the playoffs last year… the first two guys on the final play of the game.

    McQuarters pick of Romo in the end-zone with 0.00 on the clock was epic.”

    Was it RW vs Garcia that TB game all I remember was Corey “The Legend Killer” Webster erasing Galloway. and who can forget this

    http://i42.tinypic.com/261p9pc.gif

  30. gianthinker December 30th, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Why is Favre not a class act? Because he decided he wanted to keep playing the game he’s played his entire life? OOOOOOOOOO he’s such an evil man. Get over yourself. If you worked for IBM for 16 years and decided to retire and then changed your mind and they didnt let you back and you went to work for Mac would you be evil or not a class act? No, you’d be employed. If the guy wants to bounce from team to team for the next 20 years he can. Thats his choice. Not you, me or anyone else should tell someone when they need to stop playing. If you dont want him then dont give him a job but dont act like he’s a bad person because he decided to play for the Jets. Thats not fair at all.

  31. SteveB December 30th, 2008 at 3:01 am

    Bernie reminds me of Muhammad Ali. Neither one knew when it was time to leave.

  32. Jim McDonald December 30th, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Tough break; best wishes to Bernie for a quick recovery.

  33. Richard C December 30th, 2008 at 7:21 am

    Thank you for everything Bernie. You are a good man. I have always enjoyed watching you play.

    God Bless you! I hope you have joy and happiness in your life.

  34. 86w183 December 30th, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Bernie does not need to recover from his injury. He needs to move on. I don’t want to see him in the WBC this year or whenever the next incarnation of this idiotic non event takes place. Stick to the guitar Bern. You had a great career, but now is not the time to become a cartoon character.

    Jets need to hire Cowher and move on from Favre. For all his records, Brett’s “standard” of 310 interceptions is the one that will last the longest.

  35. Jeremy December 30th, 2008 at 10:26 am

    I don’t blame Bernie for attempting one last “comeback” through the upcoming WBC. After all, there’s virtually no chance he will be capable of playing in the next WBC, and no MLB team will have him. If he were still good enough to make the Puerto Rican team, it’s not like he would be taking the space of a superstar player. This was Bernie’s last chance to play (somewhat) meaningful baseball against MLB players.

    I do agree with 86w183, though, that this is the end for Bernie and he needs to realize that. All Yankee fans should appreciate Bernie, but there’s nothing wrong with being a Yankee fan and also thinking that Bernie’s refusal to retire leaves a bad taste.

    Bernie isn’t like Rickey Henderson, a lock for the HOF who wasn’t primarily associated with a single team. Henderson’s refusal to retire (and delaying of his HOF induction) cemented his reputation as one of baseball’s greatest characters. Bernie is 100% Yankee and won’t make the HOF. His refusal to retire just prevents Yankee fans from getting closure on his career.

    Bernie’s baseball career made him extremely wealthy and he has his music to keep him busy now. (I’m sure he can make even more money selling his music to the department stores of the world.) If he holds a grudge against the Yankees for some reason, he needs to drop it. He should retire and coordinate some show of appreciation for his career with the Yankees. Bernie Williams Day would be a great addition to the schedule for the new stadium.

  36. Artie A December 30th, 2008 at 10:26 am

    A great Yankee whose number should be retired. He had so many clutch hits for the Yankees and in his day he covered alot of ground in CF. I only wish Bernie and his family well. If he recovers fine if not okay too, whatever is best for Bernie. I wish he could have played more I know he had some more key hits in him but maybe time to move on after a tough injury!

  37. We Miss Paulie December 30th, 2008 at 10:50 am

    How can we all give Bernie a hard time for wanting to play more? Give him a break, baseball is in his blood and he left baseball on someone else’s terms. He wants to go out when HE decides its time. You would want to do the same. If he wants to try and play, let him do it, who are we to tell him when to retire.

    Eventually, when he’s ready to call it quits, the Yankees should give him a proper ceremony and retire his number.

  38. Jeremy December 30th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    “How can we all give Bernie a hard time for wanting to play more? Give him a break, baseball is in his blood and he left baseball on someone else’s terms. He wants to go out when HE decides its time. You would want to do the same.”

    Bernie is just like every other player in baseball history who has become too old or too injured to play. The overwhelming majority of these players retire at that point because they realize their baseball careers are over. Many of those players probably still want to play too, but understand they can’t.

    “If he wants to try and play, let him do it, who are we to tell him when to retire.”

    We are Yankee fans who want closure on Bernie’s career so we can celebrate his accomplishments without feeling like he’s got some bizarre grudge against the team.

    I wanted to see Bernie play for PR. It would have been a nice way to see him in action for the last time. I’m just saying that now that the WBC is out of the equation for Bernie, it’s time for him to call it quits and get the “proper ceremony” you mentioned.

    If you really think that Bernie should postpone retirement indefinitely, in what capacity do you think he will ever play baseball again?

  39. tantron willoughby December 30th, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Good luck Bernie! You are a true Yankee and demonstrated a loyalty to the fans and team that most players can only dream of. Why didn’t Andy see your shining example?

  40. Chris December 30th, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Poor Bernie. I feel so bad. One of my all-time favs! Get Better Bern!

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