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Bernie Williams calls Albany time "Pivotal"

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.

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