A 9-year Retirement?

Quick whip around the news world this week: The Da Vinci Code is opening in theaters, Chuck Liddell is training for his fight with Randy Couture, Gnarls Barkley is all over the Billboard Charts, and Yankee great Bernie Williams is calling it a career.

You tell me: Which one of those reports doesn’t sound like it came from 2006? Trick question. They all do.

But for some reason- Bernie Williams’s retirement is the only one that’s dropping into 2015.  Bern is officially retiring this weekend.

What’s next- the Eagles are going to break up and Friends is going off the air? Bernie hasn’t worn a Yankee uniform since 06.

We’ve seen countless, lame 1-day contracts.  I don’t know if we’ve ever seen a 9-year retirement. Brett Favre thinks Bernie Williams is taking his time.

Nobody stretches out retirements quite like the Yankees. 9 years? Jeter’s retirement tour felt like it went on for 50.  Williams will officially sign his retirement papers at a news conference tomorrow night. Let me guess- Reggie Jackson will also be retiring with Williams.

I can’t wait for the charming speech we get from Yogi Berra as he finally ends his career as a ball player. There won’t be a dry eye in the Bronx when 86-year old Whitey Ford announces he has thrown his last pitch.

But seriously- Bernie was a class guy and a hell of a player. In fact he’s the first player in MLB history to go 9 years without making a single error.  Or playing a single game.

Thanks for the memories, Bernard- at least those we can still recall.  You enjoy that trip out to Monument park. I’m gonna go bump some Chamillionaire on my iPod Nano, watch some Dexter on my TiVo, and wait for the day Ron Guidry finally retires.

 

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