Cookie’s Corner: Yankees “Core Four” Bore Shafts Bernie Williams

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Yankees Panties Meet_The_MattsNEW YORK, NY – Coming to you from NOT Yankee Stadium (where the Yanks and the Red Sox will play each other for the first in however many umpteen times this season), I bring you this Yankees Core Four Bore rant. That’s right, I’m going to express some displeasure with the Yankee Organization – my team – so those of you like Angry Ward just hold onto your panties, because I know you can’t wait… so here we go.

Bernie. My Bernie. Bernie Williams.  Viva Bernie. “Bern, Baby Bern,” if you will. (And mind you, I am thankful that his name never allowed it to get so bastardized as the god awful Sterling greatness of “Another Yardy from Gardy.”  Anyone who knows me, knows how I have and always will love Bernie Williams. And like many others, I’m a little pissed off that Opening Day at Yankee Stadium got fanfare for the Core Four of Derek Jeter, Andy Petitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera, but Bernie Williams was not included and has never been included in all this Core Four business. And while Bernie’s debut in the outfield of Yankee Stadium (1991) preceded the Core Four’s on field ’96 debut, Bernie was an integral part of the team through his retirement in 2006, participating in four of the five World Series Championships won since 1996.

In the interest of time, I’ll leave the stats debate to you all – I’ve got Little League practice – but there’s no denying with four Golden Gloves, five All-Star appearances, 1996 ALCS MVP, ’98 AL Batting Champion and his four World Series rings, that Bernie wasn’t a force to be reckoned with.

Core Four with Bernie Williams
Understated as he was and is, here are a few other Things to Know and Love about Bernie:

Carmelo-anthony1) He’s Puerto Rican. I’m Puerto Rican.  That means we’re cool, we make some good coquito and we know how to dance.  Weeepa!

2) He’s a classical guitarist… very talented and well respected!  And he usually plays up here in CT at the Ridgefield Playhouse just about every year, so the next time he does… give your Cookie a tweet and we’ll go together.  Mrs. Matt.. I’m looking at YOU.

3) Bernie could run… FAST.  At the age of fifteen, he competed at an international track and field meet in and won gold in the 200 metres (m), 400 m4×100 m relay and 4×400 m relay events for competitors under the age of 17, and the silver medal for the 4×100 m relay among competitors younger than 20.

4) He likes Lord & Taylor!  (Me too! Me too!)  Way back when, Angry Ward was in Lord & Taylor getting some holiday what-have-you for his family, and as he rounds an escalator, who does he see but Bernie Williams!  Bernie was sitting at a table, signing glossy autographs of himself. Alas, no one was there. (I’m not sure the year, but it was early on). So, Angry went and asked him to sign one for yours truly and I’ve still got it to this day.

5) And last but not least… he is a goddamn CLASS ACT.  He’s been called “quiet” plenty… perhaps that’s the reason why he has not gotten all the accolades that the Core Four have.  I recall with the Yankees when his contract was up, he NEVER talked smack. The NY papers never ran stories with any speculation or any talk from Bernie about other teams or offers being entertained.

pitchforkMany players these days could learn and thing or two from the way Bernie conducted himself.  And you know who was his agent?!  Scott Boras. Yup. And if you haven’t suffered enough through the circus of deals Boras has made for the likes of A-Roid and Robinson “I-Need-More-Money-So-Maybe-Jay-Z-Should-Advise-Me-Too” Cano (enjoy your stay with the Mariners, you jerk), then wake up! That guy’s gonna be around for awhile, taking his gigantic percentages off these obnoxious contracts and smiling until the guy with the pitchfork down in the hot place comes to get him.

And Bernie? He clearly told Boras to zip it when it came to the contract negotiations.  He stuck to his guns and went through things with grace, style and dignity when Boras was surely shoving him to play hardball for more money.

Bernie Williams, Puerto Rico

Class. All the money in the world can’t buy it.  Bernie’s got it… That and a loyal fan in me. #51 forever.

Come back tomorrow for a loyal fan of mine, Junoir Blaber.

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Cookie, like 7 fifths of the MTM staff, was brought in by The Franchise (Angry Ward). They met sitting near each other at a NY Rangers game. She's our Angelina Jolie in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" - by day the fetching wife and young mother of two little boys; by night the hot, sports fanatic that mixes in triathlons and X-Treme sports with her love for the Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, NY Rangers and... Denver Broncos. She is, like most of the rotation, more than a bit sassy, bakes like nobody's business and is one smart... Cookie. She too, needs to be in a bikini as often as possible.
  • MartyStein9er

    Mets won! screw the Yankees! haha

    • vinny from brooklyn

      ligares, young and murphy came up big and the isles won to. good night for me for once.

      • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

        The Mets and Rangers won on a night that reps from both teams, Rangers Head Coach Vigneault and Mets GM Anderson, came on the air with us… Coincidence? Likely… But we’ll say otherwise.

        • AngryWard

          Jesus, take a page from Idina Menzel, and let it go already.

          • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

            Angry Ward, (or is it Cancer Ward?): Bobby Bonilla called. He wants his Cancer-In-The-Clubhouse tag back, what with you calling us on our shameless plugs outside of the clubhouse! C’mon, guy!

            By the way, did we mention we bring up Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson in this now controversial segment, as well? Have a listen:
            http://meetthematts.com/podcasts/meet-matts-radio-michael-kay-touch-yankee-fans-alain-vingeault-sandy-alderson-call/

          • AngryWard

            You had your day rub-a-dub, now step aside.

          • Cookie

            Word. Let it gooooo!

            (And correction…that’s Adem Nazadeem.)

          • AngryWard

            Um, I believe that’s Adele Nazeem. And Matt should change the name of his Thursday effort to Prod-cast.

          • Cookies Corner

            You know.. you’d think i’d know having heard that a thousand times in the media. But I guess what WOULD have helped is if i heard it in a Meet-The-Matts Podcast.

          • http://rugbywrapup.com/ RugbyWrapUp

            In-figthing. Tsk, tsk… The RWU Staff does none of that. Maybe it’s because we calm down by having a few laughs listening to the likes of this:
            http://meetthematts.com/podcasts/meet-matts-radio-michael-kay-touch-yankee-fans-alain-vingeault-sandy-alderson-call/

          • Junoir Blaber

            Maybe we trade Ward to RWU? Like the Mets did to Bobby Bo.

          • AngryWard

            If anything, I’ll start angryward.com and raid the MtM staff on the way out. Hmm.

          • Junoir Blaber

            Expansion teams tend to suck for a long time.

          • jgclancy

            I wonder if Smart Matt would join you on the way out. He’s one smart dummy!

  • AngryWard

    I can’t really disagree with anything you said here, Cookie. If you want to look at it from a different angle, Posada threw a tantrum when Girardi benched him and Pettitte cheated, told the truth about Clemens, and then later backed away from that truth. So, to me, both of those core four guys are tainted. Bernie, Jeter, and Rivera are untouchable. Why not call them the Holy Trinity or something?

    • Baseball Lifer

      Jorge Posada was a competitor. All of these guys are. Could he have handled it differently? Yes. But being angry about being benched I don’t have a problem with. Maybe that’s your Mets fail year in and year out. They don’t have anyone with fire or a willingness to publicly show it.

      • Baseball Lifer

        P.s… I agree with the author about Williams.

        • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

          We see both sides of this but can’t remember if Jorgie pouted when he was benched or moved way down in the order. Either way, it’s not fun having to stick a star on the pines.

      • AngryWard

        OK then, how about the fact that Posada liked to pee on his hands. Does that work?

        • Cookie

          While I find the peeing on the hands disgusting, it’s not too far removed
          From people peeing and then not washing their hands. At least for Jorge…there was a purpose here.

    • DJ Eberle

      But can you really bash Posada for wanting to play? Jeter would do the same thing.

      • buffalobilly84

        No way Jeter would do what Jorgie did. No way.

        • AngryWard

          Thank you, sir. I mean, isn’t the point that everyone wants to play?

          • SAF

            I think it was really Jeter’s urine on Posada’s hands, which is a little creepy.

            Viva Bernie!

          • AngryWard

            Only a little though.

  • jgclancy

    With only an old Jeter left and everyone else gone it’ll be a long time before they win another title.
    Go A’s! – back in first place :)

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      1973 Redeux? Mets took 2 of 3 from the Chickens (opposite of Braves, for those not yet caffeinated) and have the best 1-2 punch out of the pen in baseball history… this week. #PapaGrande #Farnsworth #LGM #Mets

  • Cheesybruin

    Cookie, I’m a Yankee hater and always had nothing but reverence for Boricua Bernie. The guy was clutch and in a city renowned for its brashness and bravado, he was the antithesis–punched the clock and went about business in a most professional way.

    • Rich Baum

      This is what I don’t get about Met fans. They hate the Yankees like they did some thing terrible to them. Get over it.

      • AngryWard

        He’s not a Mets fan, guy.

      • jgclancy

        The Yankees did do horrible things…that’s why I became an A’s fan!
        Steinbrenner died so they are at least moving slowly in the right direction.

  • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

    Cookie, we’re of the same opinion re Bernabe Figueroa Williams. But perhaps he was too “artsy” for YES and/or the Yankees. And to be quite honest, his guitar work is a cure for insomnia.

    • AngryWard

      You could fill a thimble with what Short Matt knows about music. He still thinks Coldplay is the next big thing.

      • jgclancy

        Look at the stars…look how they shine for you…And everything you do…Yeah, they were all yellow too (Posada urine yellow?)

      • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

        At least he can fill that thimble – unlike somebody we know!

      • FakeSandyAlderson

        It’s not?

  • AngryWard

    Cookie, your namesake, Angel Pagan, is currently tearing the cover off of the ball out in San Fran. Anyone seen Andres Torres or Ramon Ramirez lately?

    • DannyBax

      So is Carlos Gomez. Mets blew it with those guys.

      • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

        Oy. You’re right!

        • AngryWard

          You could fill an awful lot of thimbles with all the mistakes the Mets front office has made throughout the years, or even recent history.

          • jgclancy

            There aren’t that many thimbles in existence….just sayin

          • FakeSandyAlderson

            This is why Real Sandy is afraid to do anything. Fear of failure plus lack of acumen=no moves and Scaredycat Sandy

    • Cookies Corner

      As we Pagans like to say ‘WEEEEEPA!’

  • Dude

    cookie, i’m going to agree with you on this one. Bernie was a class act all the way and i can attest to his guitar playing having seen him on stage with the allman brothers a few years ago where he held his own. posada should be bumped off this list for him immediately. Posada is a whiny no chin having steroid supporting douche of the highest order. everytime i see his mug i go into a rage and want to pummel him. no class in getting benched when he was old and sucked. no class getting in piazza’s face after roid monster roger threw a bat shard at him. f posada. the real “core” yankee cather from that era was girardi anyway. posada sucks and deserves to be beaten with a bag of oranges for his heinous crimes against class and decency. i am no fan of the yankees, but i have nothing but respect for bernie, jeter and rivera. pettite was a good clutch pitcher in postseason but his sh– stinks too. being friends with clemens is guilt by association. f him too.

    • AngryWard

      I seriously have nothing to add here, which is rare. Well put, Dude.

      • Dude

        happy to help out, ward

        • Yankee Joe

          Dudette go kiss your boyfriend and eat some icecream. BOOO HOOOOO

      • jgclancy

        ditto

    • FakeSandyAlderson

      To me, injecting personal attacks about physical characteristics is what separates us from apes. I feel that it validates our argument. And Bernie’s flat face having, bizarrely quiet, bad tipping, Carl Everett evoking persona are all manageable because of his “class” I could be so frickin’ classy for $14M per year too

    • Cookies Corner

      I’ll agree with you too Dude… save the Posada bash… and Piazza’s a douche. But it’s good to know we’re all on the same side. Must be parenthood. (And don’t forget that some kids have nut allergies so never pack anything that’s got nuts.. or been processed in a factory with nuts.)

      • Yankee Joe

        COOKIE BABY GETTING EXCITED!!!! MY NUTS ARE SAFE!!!!! GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!

      • Dude

        my kid is allergic to posada

        • Cookies Corner

          And THAT folks, is the WINNING comment of the day.

  • Junoir Blaber

    I always thought you were Dominican?? Oh well, learn something new everyday!

    • AngryWard

      Admitting that you thought a Puerto Rican was Domincan is an odd rookie mistake for a veteran such as yourself, Junoir.

      • Junoir Blaber

        She is from the heights no!?! Ju’No that is an easy mistake to make, chico!

        • Cookies Corner

          Blaber.. I am from the Heights. In terms of Heights history.. before the Dominicans invaded… the Heights was heavily Puerto Rican. The post-war Jewish population appreciated neither. (I’m half Jewish too, Blaber, so i can make that comment.)

  • Junoir Blaber

    None of this changes the fact that the Yankees will suck this season. I mean epic levels of sucking.

    • jgclancy

      That’s the attitude I like to see.

  • AngryWard

    Cookie, C.C. is on the hill tonight. Did you send a KFC edible arrangement over to Billy Crystal’s Whore Emporium for him? Might I suggest a KFC Double Down Bonsai Tree?

    • jgclancy

      Your man,Ffelix, goes against my A’s tonight. Go A’s but I’m doubting it unless Seattle doesn’t score and it’s tied late.

    • Cookies Corner

      Why yes i did. And I sent that Taco Waffle too for breakfast.. just to make sure he’s caloried up.

  • GrindingAxWalter

    Not sure where you were going with this one? Are you grinding an ax? Bernie was a class act even though I’m not a hankee fan. ( hankee cause their fans cry foul and poor me too much)

    With that said, Core Four is about four, so Bernie makes five….perhaps you can put him with the Japanese guy and Brian Doyle and call them WHAM.

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