I chose a baseball-related theme for the A to Z Challenge, so what would be more appropriate than to feature a former Major Leaguer who is also a musician?
Bernabe Figueroa (Bernie) Williams, a switch-hitter who threw right-handed, played center field for the New York Yankees from 1991 until 2006, posting a lifetime .297 batting average, 287 home runs, and 1,287 runs batted in. I didn’t realize until a couple of years ago, when I was listening to the smooth jazz channel on Comcast’s “Music Choice,” that he was also an excellent guitar player.
He’s classically trained and has released two albums, 2003’s The Journey Within, from which our first selection, “Just Because,” is taken, and 2009’s Moving Forward, which was nominated for a Latin Grammy that year. He studied classical guitar and composition at the State University of New York-Purchase to prepare to release it. The second selection is a video of Bernie playing his arrangement of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” which was shown at the final game at old Yankee Stadium in 2008. The video features the voice of Bob Sheppard, the longtime field announcer at Yankee Stadium.
Bernie Williams, your Two for Tuesday, April 2, 2013.