Today is Bernie Williams Day at Yankee Stadium and I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of his biggest moments in Pinstripes (or: the only ones I could find on YouTube). July 14, 1991: His first career home run against Chuck Finley and the California Angels.
October 6, 1995: Williams becomes the first MLB player to homer from both sides of the plate in a playoff game.
October 4, 1996: He robs a home run from Rusty Greer.
October 5, 1996: He homers from both sides of the plate in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rangers.
October 9, 1996: The walk off in Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS against the Orioles.
October 13, 1999: The walk off in Game 1 of the 1999 ALCS against the Red Sox.
April 23, 2000: Bernie and Jorge Posada become the first teammates to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.
October 26, 2000: He gets the Yankees on the board and ends an 0-15 slide in Game 5 of the 2000 World Series against the Mets.
August 3, 2001: Bernie makes a game-saving catch against the Angels.
October 21, 2001: Game-tying home run in Game 4 of the 2001 ALCS.
October 16, 2003: Hits an RBI single and scores in the Yankees' eighth inning rally against the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.
June 10, 2004: Bernie picks up his 2000th hit.
August 13, 2005: He hits a walk off against the Rangers in the 11th inning.
And just a quick personal story: In 2005, Bernie's career was winding down, but on the night of my birthday, August 26, he hit two home runs against the Royals in a Friday night game in the Bronx. I was there with my then best friend who shares the same birthday and who just so happened to be a very big Bernie Williams fan. It was a lot of fun to see him do well on that night and to share that with her. It would be the last birthday we'd spent together before our falling out so a big thanks to Bernie for that memory. At least it was a good one.
Feel free to share your favorite Bernie Williams memories below.