Earlier this year, the New York sports pages announced the retirement of All-Star centerfielder Bernie Williams.
Confusing because Williams, whom the Yankees signed in 1985 on his 17th birthday, has not played major league baseball since 2006. The team simply needed to retire his No. 51 jersey.
It’s not as though Williams hasn’t moved on. In fact, the classically trained guitarist was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2009 for best instrumental album.
In music as in baseball, Williams says, all anybody cares about is “Can he play?”
He still measures success as “the opportunity to perform with top players.”
— Adapted from “Catching up with Bernie Williams,” Dan Greene, Sports Illustrated.