Bernie Williams, the former New York Yankees centerfielder, and four time World Series winner and Grammy nominated music artist never actually retired from baseball. He simply did not accept a contract and walked away in 2007 to pursue his music career.
Today the Yankees announced that a special press conference will be held Friday afternoon at 5:45pm in the Yankee Stadium press conference room. The Yankees leader in post season home runs (22) and RBI’s (80) will be joined by Yankee GM Brian Cashman and Assistant GM Jean Afterman.
The press conference will include the unveiling of the logo which will be connected to Bernie’ number retirement and his Monument Park plaque dedication. Also the Hard Rock Cafe will debut a souvenir that will honor Williams during an on-field ceremony Friday. The Hillside Food Outreach (www.hillsidefoodoutreach.org) will receive 15% of net sales.
Bernie, often overlooked when the core four (Jeter, Posada, Petitte, and Rivera) are mentioned, played 16 years with New York. He was a five time All-Star, four time Gold Glover and Silver Slugger Award winner. He was the AL Batting champion in 1998. He will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday’s game against the Mets at 7:05pm.