Bernie Williams calls Albany time "Pivotal"
Updated: Friday, August 1 2014, 08:50 PM EDT
Glenmont, NY - Retired New York Yankees legend Bernie Williams spent his afternoon Friday shopping with a 9-year-old from Ballston Spa.
The "Shop with an MLB Player" program, sponsored by Pepsico, brought Williams to the Walmart in Glenmont to spend time with Nick Rychcik. He's a patient at Albany Med's Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.
When asked about his nearly two full seasons spend playing Class AA baseball for the old Albany-Colonie Yankees, Williams was quick to fondly recall his days at Heritage Park.
"I do remember a lot of fun times," said the now 45-year-old about the 1989 and 1990 Eastern League seasons. "A lot of frustrating times, (too), because one year I got sent down from Triple A thinking I was going to make the team in Triple A."
Williams added, "But my time in Albany was a pivotal time in my progress as a baseball player, and eventually I became a big leaguer. I attribute (that) to Albany, Colonie. That is the total experience. A lot of growth in that time for me as a player and as a person."
Williams would finally make the majors in 1991, and spend 16 seasons as the New York Yankees centerfielder. A five-time MLB All Star, he was a key player in four World Series championships.