Bernie Williams played with the jazz band at William Paterson University last night and before taking the stage he took a few questions.
Does he think Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera could ever leave the Yankees?
“The laws of nature say there’s got to be a point that will have to move on,” Williams said, according to Newsday, “but hopefully not next year.”
Like most Yankees fans (and everyone else in the universe), Williams thinks Jeter will ultimately sign a new deal with the only team he’s ever known.
“I don’t think he wants to go anywhere,” Williams said. “He’s one of the pillars of the team, definitely one of the great parts. . . . He means so much to the city. Hopefully, they’ll come down to a decision and work it out.”
Two other tidbits about Williams:
1. He has never officially retired, though he says in the same article that it “might be coming this year.”
2. He and I once spent 20 minutes talking about the terrific food at Ajili Mojili, a restaurant in San Juan that he recommend to me before I took a vacation in Puerto Rico and was absolutely fantastic. If you are ever in San Juan, I recommend checking it out.
* That’s an AP shot of Bernie playing a concert at the Nokia Theater last year.