Former Yankees OF Bernie Williams told the New York Post yesterday that he plans to attend the pregame festivities Sunday, September 21st at Yankee Stadium's final game. Bernie hasn't been back to the Stadium since he went unsigned by the team after the 2006 season.
Here's a thought:
The Yankees will most likely retire Williams' number 51. No one has worn it since he left and Bernie was one of the games best outfielders during his tenure, also winning four World Series rings. Wouldn't it be special if they retired Bernie's number during those pregame ceremonies?
Perhaps it wouldn't do Bernie justice - most players get a day in their honor when their number is retired by the Yanks - but he played at this Yankee Stadium, so why not do it there and then move it across the street with the other numbers next year?
As Newsday's Alan Hahn says, just bloggin'.