March 28, 2009

Bernie's legacy tainted

Bernie Williams admitted to the New York Post that he would not have been able to play his entire career as a Yankee.
"I don't think I would have lasted with [the Yankees], because they've gotta win."
I guess I agree with Bernie here, but why would he ever say that?  It's completely unnecessary.  I think that Bernie's legacy as a Yankee has been diminishing each year since he stopped playing in 2006.  Notice I said "stopped playing," rather than "retired."  He still hasn't retired!  In fact, he's looking for a place to play:
"I think, at this point, I don't want to be the guy that tries to come back and goes to the independent leagues or the minor leagues for a couple [of] weeks," Williams said. "I would certainly welcome the opportunity to play in the big leagues at some point, even thought the window is very short right now."
He does not know how to hang up the cleats, and in my mind, that is something that all Yankee greats of the past have known how to do.  I am not in any way degrading Bernie's playing career, but I am definitely mad at the way he's gone out.

Let's face it, Bernie will never make the Hall of Fame (especially if he never retires).  The one thing that Bernie is shooting for is to get his No. 51 retired by the Yankees.  I think that if he had retired with pride after the 2006 season, the decision would be a no-brainer.  But now, it's only a maybe for me.

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