When I see the number 51, I instantly think of former New York Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams. Sure, I'm a Yankee fan, but it's more than that. Bernie was a class act and a guy that fans all around baseball seemed to like and respect. He played the game with a quiet confidence and helped his club win four World Series titles during his time in The Bronx. One of of the greatest things about Mr. Williams, though, is that he is a renaissance man of sorts—he is not only a gifted athlete but also a brilliant classical guitarist, having played with a long list of distinguished musicians.
Recently, Bernie got the chance to play with a band that at one time frightened parents all across this great nation. #51 suited up and took the stage with Twisted Sister. Yes, Twisted Sister. This was a band that I thought had retired their spandex and make up long before Bernie hung up his spikes, but there they were joining forces to make "beautiful" music for a troubled world. The one-time glam metal super group and former batting champion delighted the crowd with "We're not gonna take it."
I got to many games to watch Bernie patrol the outfield for the Yanks, but this is one performance I wish I had seen in person. You can almost hear John Sterling screaming "BURN BABY BURN!" as William took lead solo. Great players don't retire, they simply find a new path and play on. Music and baseball have always been two of my greatest passions. I guess that's why Bernie Williams will always be one of my all-time favorites.