Well, I’ll be. Bernie Williams! He’s back!
Two years after the Yankees watched to see if Bernie would accept their non-roster invitation, Williams is here to work out for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, where he’ll play for Puerto Rico.
“You look good, Bernie,” Girardi said.
Williams greeted a few friendly faces, made the right turn toward his old corner locker – now occupied by Jose Veras – and walked past a roster that still lists his No. 51 as unassigned. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti suggested that Williams make Veras vacate the old digs, and Williams replied, “I’d need an extension cord to plug in my amp.”
Williams then found an extra pair of pinstriped pants and a black workout t-shirt, and headed off to the cages. He was in uniform at the Sept. 21 final game at Yankee Stadium, but this is the first time Bernie has hit in pinstripes since the 2006 ALDS.
He said he’d check in with reporters after he worked out — and no, he’s not in camp to compete for a job with the Yankees. But that’d be a heck of a story, wouldn’t it?