Yankees come and Yankees go, but one thing remains the same: Bernie Williams is still the teams’ centerfielder. Now, if you look at his defensive statistics over the past four seasons, or if you’ve simply watched the games, it’s clear that he isn’t a defensive asset any longer. Regardless, he’s still my favorite Yankee (Mariano Rivera is number two). And Bernie, bless him, isn’t ready to conceed to old age just yet. According to a bit in the Daily News:
The Yankees’ center fielder bristled at talk of retirement at a clinic for young players in Venezuela, saying his experience will help carry him through despite a decline in some of his physical talents.
“I’m still not thinking about retirement,” the 36-year-old told The Associated Press. “I’m going to play as long as my physical abilities allow me to. I still feel very good physically.”
Or as George King notes in a mini-Yankee preview:
Extremely prideful, Williams is bent on proving he can still play at a high level.
You go, you old goat, you.