Williams, who was the center fielder on the Yankees teams that won four titles in five seasons from 1996-2000, batted .297 in 16 seasons in the Bronx, finishing third in team history in doubles and in the top seven in hits, runs, games played, home runs and RBIs. He was a five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, and he won the 1998 American League batting title (.339).
The Yankees’ all-time leader in postseason home runs (22) and RBIs (80), Williams only signed his retirement papers last month.
“It took a long time [to retire],” Williams said after Sunday’s ceremony. “I think I sort of misunderstood my own feelings in my own emotions. The first three or four years [after I stopped playing] I was really making sure that I wasn’t going back. After the fifth or sixth year I started putting it on the shelf. I was like, ‘Well, this is not that important.’ I think to me, I was moving on to other things. I really needed to have this chapter of my life closed. It took me nine years but I finally got it done.”
As for Jeter, who was introduced last and received a long ovation, Williams said: “I think he’s very at peace with where he is right now in his life and I am so happy with him. I think a very important part of players when they retire is to try to make that transition from going 1,000 miles an hour to more of a normal kind of pace, and he seems to be handling it pretty good. So I’m really happy for him.”
As for Sunday’s game, the Yankees lost to the Rangers, 5-2, their sixth straight loss and 10th in 11 games — their worst skid since 1995. New York is 22-22, one game ahead of the third-place Red Sox in the AL East.
Although the Vikings have expressed a desire to have Peterson return to the team following his suspension last season while he handled his legal issues related to child abuse, Peterson apparently still has a chip on his shoulder due to a perceived lack of support from the organization.
Peterson could lose a $250,000 workout bonus by missing this week’s practices, although he is not required to attend any team events until next month’s mandatory minicamp.
— Roger Federer won his first-round match at the French Open on Sunday, but he wasn’t pleased after the match. A fan walked onto the main stadium court and attempted to take a cellphone selfie with the tennis great before being led away by security.
Federer said he had a similar issue the day before, as some kids interrupted his practice session at Roland Garros.
“I’m not happy about it. Obviously not [for] one second [am I] happy about it,” Federer said. “Normally I only speak on behalf of myself, but in this situation I think I can speak on behalf of all the players — that that’s where you do your job, that’s where you want to feel safe.”
The tournament director apologized to Federer for the “embarrassing” lapse in security, although he said there are no plans to change security procedures.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 25, 1984, the Red Sox traded Dennis Eckersley and Mike Brumley to the Cubs for which player?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Sometimes there’s kids in the dugout [pregame] and I go up and have them sign my bat. It’s kind of crazy, the first home run I hit the other day I hit right where he signed it. That was pretty cool.” -- Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, explaining that the bat he used to hit four home runs in three weekend games against the Angels was signed by a young fan
STAT OF THE DAY: 37, 18, 13 – Points, rebounds and assists for LeBron James, who overcame an 0-for-10 shooting start to lead the Cavaliers to a 114-111 overtime victory over the Hawks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): A Phillies batboy takes Ben Revere’s bat back to the dugout before the at-bat is over.
Tigers players win a standoff vs. the Astros before their game Sunday.
A Dodgers fan videotapes himself catching a home run.
From the Colorado Division 2A state baseball semifinals on Saturday, Rye closes out a 9-8 victory over Hotchkiss with a convincing hidden ball trick.
Price tells Greg about what is in store for football fans and Patriots fans beyond Deflategate. We will, after all, move on at some point.
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Trags calls the boys to discuss the latest on Deflategate, Kraft's decision to not continue the fight and where we go from here. He gets into the latest on Brady as well. Also, we get a battle between Trags and Greg on Led Zep vs the Beatles.
Robert Kraft decided not to continue the fight against Roger Goodell and the NFL in the Deflategate saga. Greg and Chris talk about why Kraft made that decision, the fan reaction and if it will stick with him long term. Some fans are disappointed, but we get a few callers who are strongly supporting Mr. Kraft.