Who s caught Bernie’s eye? The Martians and the Bards
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?”
“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.”
One #Yankees center fielder to another. Bernie Williams watches Harrison Bader, then offers batting tips: pic.twitter.com/000aRL1kVE9— Bryan Hoch ( @BryanHoch) February 20, 2000Harrison Budd is projected to be the Yankees’ starting center fielder this season, looking to build on his good hitting postseason . 27 Hit five home runs. Williams said he was impressed by Bud, noting that he “seems like a very enthusiastic guy.”
“He practiced his way and it was really nice to have that attitude,” Williams said. “No surprises. You don’t have to get up to speed when you’re playing because you get to that speed in practice. I don’t know how much he can keep up with age, but as long as he can have that, he’ll be in a good place. Location.”
Williams is active in training camp Among the guest lecturers at ; Ron Guidry, Willie Randolph, CC Sabathia and Nick Swisher are the other club alumni who have appeared in uniform so far. Coaches will do what they can to help, Williams said, but in the end, it’s the club’s veterans who have the ability to set the tone.
“Seeing all the veterans, they will decide Your comfort level as a young player,” Williams said. “If they make jokes and piss you off, it means they care about you because they give as much as they get. If you don’t get any feedback from them, you have to worry. These are great people There are really no controversial figures here, no big names.”