The Baseball Desert

Friday, February 18, 2005

Behind the pinstripes

The New York Times has a good article on Bernie Williams' recent trip to Colombia and Venezuela in his capacity as cultural ambassador for the United States.

Sometimes those pinstripes and that interlocking NY logo just rub me up the wrong way (please step forward, Mr. Gary Sheffield - with friends like that on the team, Giambi doesn't need any enemies) - but Bernie has always been one of the exceptions. One of the students at his baseball clinic in Barranquilla summed it up nicely:
"I hate the Yankees, honestly, because I like the Braves," said Cristina Vargas, the only girl present. "But Bernie? He's Bernie."