Bernie Williams Quiet Superstar by Kevin Kernan, Rob Rains

By Kevin Kernan, Rob Rains

When finding out which athletes to profile, our editors bear in mind not just a player's information, but additionally his personality. SPI takes care to choose athletes who're recognized to be group minded and will function function models.

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He could field and throw and he had power, yet knew when to take a walk. Bernie was frustrated, though. He thought he should have been promoted to Columbus. Deeply upset, he called home, much in the same manner another Yankee farmhand center fielder did 40 years Page 20 earlier. On that call, Mickey Mantle's dad convinced his son to stay. On this call, Bernie Williams' mom, Rufina, convinced her son not to pack his bags and come home to Puerto Rico. "I was supposed to go to Triple A," Bernie said of that difficult time.

He remembered once playing a "Brazilian piece," at school when he was 15. Halfway through he "blanked out" and forgot the music. He ran off the stage crying. Bernie knew there would be times that he would "blank out" in baseball and make mistakes. There would even be times that he would want to run away, but he had made a decision that he would give baseball his best shot. He was not going to turn back. Page 15 Chapter Three A Young Colt The night was warm late in the spring of 1985 when baseball writer George King was watching an amateur game in Ceppa Field in Meridan, Connecticut.

He does not put himself on a pedestal. "I think for the most part, people see professional athletes as people that nothing can happen to them, that they are untouchable, that nothing can get to them," he explained. "That they are Superman. We're as human as the Page 6 next guy. We have to eat. We have to sleep. We cry sometimes, we laugh sometimes. " Several thousand Yankee fans stayed in the stadium, part of the crowd of 65,427, the largest crowd to ever watch a baseball game in San Diego. Those fans made their way behind the Yankee dugout, cheering their heroes.

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