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Bernie’s back

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 19, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s Bernie getting ready for BP.





77 Responses to “Bernie’s back”

  1. Michael Kei (Igawa) February 19th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    He should be an option on the poll for center

  2. Han Ram February 19th, 2009 at 12:12 pm


  3. m February 19th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Did Bernie take out Melky’s kneecaps yet?

    Poll #1:

  4. Elizabeth February 19th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Wow….something I thought I’d never see again.

  5. m February 19th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Poll #2:

    (no idea who this guy is)

  6. Brian from PA February 19th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Watch Gardner, Damon, Swisher and Melky mysteriously wind up missing later today.

  7. Brian from PA February 19th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Bernie, a few of our guys turned up missing after yesterday’s workout. You haven’t heard from Gardner, Melky, Johnny or Swish, have you?

    Oh man, no, I haven’t. Wow. They’re gone? All of them? Guess you’ll need to find a center fielder.

  8. Stacey February 19th, 2009 at 12:19 pm


  9. pat February 19th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    How many people in the stadium got angry that the Yanks gave out 51 to some one before they realized it was Bernie?

  10. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 19th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    He’s just working out for the WBC but it’s nice to see him working out in Yankee camp.

  11. rodg12 February 19th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    m -
    That second poll has the Brewers ranked #5 after losing their best two pitchers. Did you see that? WTF is that person thinking??

  12. jay destro February 19th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    if bernie gets a MiL deal joe torre is gonna flip.

  13. m February 19th, 2009 at 12:28 pm


    Worse, they had Boston #1!

    Either a Boston fan or a Brewers fan. Ah, the magical powers of Ben Sheets. Floating a team in the polls with just the possiblity of a midseason return. Maybe they applied the same logic to the Red Sox with the promise of a midseason return for Smoltzie?

  14. d February 19th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Nice to see 51 in camp again even if hes just getting ready for the WBC

  15. YanksFanLV February 19th, 2009 at 12:29 pm


  16. m February 19th, 2009 at 12:30 pm


    There’s nothing stopping the Dodgers from signing Bernie. :)

    Anyone see that the Dodgers have some kind of book-writing clause in Torre’s contract? I saw something on the espn crawl, but didn’t hear about it after that.

  17. MattNC February 19th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I’m surprised that more people don’t support Bernie Williams for the HOF. He was a CFer that put up 7 straight years of .900+ OPS (average OPS in those seasons was close to .950!), and during that time he won 4 gold gloves and 4 WS titles. How many CFers in the history of the game can say the same? Bernie also rates a 133.5 on Bill James HOF Monitor (likely HOFers score above 100).

    Good to see Bernie back in the Yankee fold.

  18. mattseattleusa February 19th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    How cool is this that they let him in to train for the WBC?!? Thanks for posting this Pete! Ber-nie! Ber-nie!!

  19. tterba February 19th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    now that just feels right…

  20. rbj February 19th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Rejuvenated, rested and ready. Bernie in ’09!

    Good to see that the organization is letting him prep for the WBC by working out in ST.

  21. JoshWhite February 19th, 2009 at 12:33 pm


  22. Jermaine D'Twan Monroe-Gibbons February 19th, 2009 at 12:33 pm


  23. SteveB February 19th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    It’s nice to see Bernie back (and ‘Bernie’s back’).

    But Bernie is retired, and no one should be considering him for CF with the Yankees or anywhere else.

    I am sure his performance in the WBC will put to rest those lingering “Bernie in CF” comments.

    1996 ALCS, game 1, inning 11. Bern, baby, Bern.

  24. pat February 19th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I would guess Bernie is DHing at best in the Classic and Beltran is playing CF

  25. JUSTIN February 19th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    One thing to say melk man has no more options this is do or die …hopes he gets the job….

    Bernie i love u but please after the wbc please go homee make some more music retire please..u have nothing to prove u are a yankee great


  26. Vanessa February 19th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Awh, I missed Bern.

  27. m February 19th, 2009 at 12:40 pm


    You’ll get your wish. A-Jax will go north, to PA.

  28. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 19th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    According to MLBTR

    *The Yankees and Padres continue to search for pitching depth, even with spring training under way, and both are in the bidding for Walter Silva, a 32-year-old right-hander who had a strong showing in the Mexican Winter League, sources said.

    Silva is the property of the Monterrey franchise, and went 7-8 with a 4.21 ERA for that team last year. He threw well in winter ball, pitching for Matzatlan; in 16 games, Silva had a 2.54 ERA, allowing 31 hits and striking out 29 in 35 innings.*


  29. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 19th, 2009 at 12:42 pm


    Ask him if he knows where his kids are?

  30. Thomas February 19th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    bern baby bern

  31. TGFizeek February 19th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Just saw Pete on ESPNEWS speaking on the unmentionable…..

  32. JUSTIN February 19th, 2009 at 12:55 pm


  33. Uncle Ellsworth February 19th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Great to see him!

    PETE! Interview of BERNIE – please.

  34. Tom February 19th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Pete, what gives? Just saw you on the T.V. speaking of things that shall not be named.

  35. kd February 19th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    ladies and gentlemen,

    i am a west coaster and just got out of a meeting that ended early. i got to read all of these awesome baseball comments this morning.

    cc missing early is a fantastic sign, i always thought he was most vulnerable when he missed up. that guy is a beast and cash did a great job to close that deal.

    any news on AJ?

    my thoughts on melky/garner. i think mekly’s the more talented player. someone needs to pull him aside and tell him that he should never try to hit a home run. if he decides he’s a gap doubles hitter and tries to make solid contact, some home runs will come. if he plays great defense and hits .280, everyone wins.

    lugers in ny is better that berns in tampa for steak, in my humble opinion. dessert is another long post in of itself.

  36. jennifer February 19th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    tom- Pete broke the rule? Shame on him. He should have gone on tv and said we aren’t allowed to talk about the unmentionable for 24 hours.

  37. randy l February 19th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    i just hope that when george sees bernie he doesn’t say to bernie that he had better have a good year or else he’s going to sign beltran .

  38. CanIGetAMooseCall February 19th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Bernie looks fat.

  39. Tom February 19th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Yes, Jennifer. He even said that he’s going to ry to interview you-know-who about you-know-what.

  40. jennifer February 19th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Uh oh shame on you Pete!!

  41. pat February 19th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    PECOTA projects Red Sox as best team in AL

  42. Al from BK February 19th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Its gonna be funny to see how A-Rod does in the WBC, if he rakes I guarantee you Lupica, Madden et al will have something stupid to say.

  43. m February 19th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    When we can talk about it again, remind me to tell you guys what Bob Costas said.

    CC looks genuinely happy, except when you ask him about why he came to NY. Both in the big press conference and in the Hannah Storm sitdown, the smile disappears when the question is asked. He gets through the question and the wattage goes up again.

  44. jennifer February 19th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    mel- He is probably ticked about having to constantly answer it.

  45. Al from BK February 19th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    “The Red Sox are the best team in the American League. The Yankees may have stolen all the media attention with their hundreds of millions spent on the free agent market, but for all that big money, they’re still only expected to score 823 runs, fourth-most in their own division.”

    Pat- Just sounds like typical Sux pandering to me. Everyone hates the Yankees and this just proves it. 4th in RS in the AL East? Who made these projections, John Henry? I will go out on a limb and say we score 900+ runs this year just sayin’.

  46. m February 19th, 2009 at 1:15 pm


    I’m praying that Papi does not bounce back. That Pedroia comes back to earth. And that their pitching sucks. Does that make me a bad person?

  47. Uncle Ellsworth February 19th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Poppycock! I say

  48. jennifer February 19th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    M- the only way papi bounces back is if he talks to Alex’s cousin. :P

  49. m February 19th, 2009 at 1:17 pm


    I don’t think so. He also talks about the other teams involved. There weren’t any other teams. It was us and the Brewers.

    Hopefully, they won’t ask him that anymore. It’s just his initial reaction, when he starts talking about his teammates and stuff he’s his usual self.

  50. m February 19th, 2009 at 1:20 pm


    Speaking of. Pete was looking up the wrong name. It’s Sucart. And is he Cuban? His first name is Yuri.

  51. Rob Thompson February 19th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I hate alot of the stats analysis. Stats won’t judget a players heart. The Yankees have adopted a new team approach – did you see all of the players that showed up to support Alex? This years club is reminding me of the great “teams” we had during our title runs. Plus, we have superior talent so we win on all fronts.

  52. dave (USA) February 19th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Forget Bernie! The Yanks are pursuing Walter Silva — a 42, I mean 32 yr old Mexican pitcher. Jorge, where are you? Have you been beheaded by Zeta in lovely Mexico or something? We need a scouting report. I’m sure Silva’s the cat’s pajamas.

  53. m February 19th, 2009 at 1:23 pm


    That’s right. There’s no way to quantify Swish’s grit, Nady’s hotness, CC’s heart, Tex’s approach, and AJ’s badassness

  54. pat February 19th, 2009 at 1:25 pm


    No, that makes you a Yankee fan. Wishing them injury would be bad, wishing them mediocre is acceptable.

  55. Brandon February 19th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Even if we don’t score 900 runs.. 4th in the AL East? Outscored by TB (possible, though they tend to win on pitching and defense much of the time), the Red Sox (sure, it has a decent chance of happening), and… what, the Blue Jays or Os? I find that unlikely. I see us coming in second in the east on runs scored, with a possibility of first or third.

  56. m February 19th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Speaking of badass, when’s the last time we had swagger? It’s been so long I can’t recall.

    Does it even matter in baseball? I think it might to some degree because a lot of baseball is mental.

  57. ANSKY February 19th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Pete –

    Most of the people who comment here won’t catch the spelling & grammar mistakes in that release at the beginning of the last thread.

    But you already know that of course.

    I get it … sort of like an inside joke among those of us who paid attention to the English teacher back in junior high? :)

    This is coming from a guy who occasionally leaves a typo in his own screen name when posting a comment.

  58. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 19th, 2009 at 1:31 pm


    Multiple league sources confirmed that the Bulls traded Hughes to the Knicks for Thomas, seldom-used big man Jerome James and Anthony Roberson.

  59. m February 19th, 2009 at 1:32 pm


    Using “your” in place of “you’re” in a press release is not a typo.

  60. ANSKY February 19th, 2009 at 1:34 pm


    “Do to the overwhelming … ” should read “Due to the overwhelming … “

  61. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 19th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    *The Knicks are close to agreeing to trades that could land them forward Chris Wilcox and guard Larry Hughes, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    The acquisitions would come in two separate trades.

    New York would reportedly send Malik Rose to Oklahoma City for Wilcox, and Tim Thomas, Jerome James and Anthony Roberson to Chicago for Hughes*

    This seems like a damn good move by Walsh if this happens

    BTW my heart goes out to the Tolan family. What a truely gruesome story. :(

  62. Al from BK February 19th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Great moves by the Knicks. Wilcox is a D’antoni player and Hughes scores in bunches.

  63. m February 19th, 2009 at 1:37 pm


    To tell you the truth, I didn’t even read it, but that ‘your’ stood out like a catsup stain on a wedding gown!

    Maybe Pete can post another mistake-riddled post and we can find all the errors. Instead of Guess the Yankee, it’s Find the Errors.

  64. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 19th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Hughes is a horrible shooter, the only think you like about him is he can play a bit of D, other than that a horrible shooter.

    Wilcox has great upside, he’s like a poorer Amare Stoudamire but can drop 16/10 and block 4 shots every once in a blue. I like it because it lands Wilcox BTW this isn’t final yet AL.

  65. Uncle Ellsworth February 19th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    That press release was unforgivable coming from any major (or minor)sports team.

  66. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 19th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    the only thing*

  67. saucY February 19th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    more power rankings, just for the hell of it

  68. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 19th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Trade #1 is official

    *The Chicago Bulls have re-acquired Tim Thomas, and once again from the New York Knicks.

    According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls have sent Larry Hughes to New York in exchange for Thomas, Jerome James and Anthony Roberson.*

  69. ANSKY February 19th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth, that release might have been typed on a computer with an experimental, alternative keyboard layout. Clearly the author isn’t accustomed to its new key locations yet.

  70. Uncle Ellsworth February 19th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Nate Silver of Pecota predicts Oscars – To me there are no big surprises here.

    ANSKY, on thqt casd I fprgive.

  71. Russell NY February 19th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    What a coincidence, the CF spot is open and Bernie Williams shows up in spring training with Yankee uniform and a cover-up (WBC)

  72. eric in queens February 19th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    it’s great to see Bernie.

  73. BBB wants to get back to baseball February 19th, 2009 at 2:17 pm


    Pete, get us some audio from him later and I promise I will never ever say a bad word about the media again!!

    Man….is 51 a sight for sore eyes or what?! Bernie Williams Day at the Stadium soon to retire the number please!!!

  74. Chilly February 19th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    One thing (among many) that the yankees do a great job of is taking care of their own, that is all their ex-franchise players, both new and old.

  75. Travis February 19th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I second all of the readers who say it just feels right to see Bernie back on the field with the Yankees, no matter what the capacity.

  76. Justin February 19th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Peter, I love you, really.

    I’m just not sure if you’re the one to point out spelling errors….

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