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Who's getting Bernie's attention?martian and bard

Who s caught Bernie’s eye? The Martians and the Bards

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Standing behind home plate at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday morning, Bernie Williams grinned in full Yankee uniform, Plucking the strings of an electric guitar. It represents the union of two familiar worlds that are fan favorites, patrolling the outfield 19 seasons in the Bronx before embarking on a successful music career.

Last week at training camp as a guest lecturer, William James offers more than a sweet rendition of the Stars and Stripes. Yankees four-time World Series champion (1996, 39, 99, and1996), Williams wanders the training ground, trying to sprinkle some of that dynasty’s magic on the current Bombers.

“I just wanted to remind them of something simple , making this game great and fun,” Williams said. “When they like, oh my balance sucks, ‘ I’I like,’you Got it, boy. You don’t Don’t want to be at the top in spring training. Who wants to hit 1. In spring training and tired all season?”

Williams focuses mostly on the outfield group, including “The Martian,” switch-hit prospect Jasson Dominguez. The youngest player in the camp 16, Domínguez Flowers Spent quite a bit of time with Williams at a recent batting practice; the two made animated gestures as Williams demonstrated his swing from both sides of the plate.

“He’s built like a tank. I remember I was 26 years old and I was a diehard,” William James said. “He has a great attitude and, from everything I’ve heard so far, he’s very good at coaching. He wants to learn. He’s happy to be here, he doesn’t really take it for granted. I think he’s on his way right now. On a great path.”



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