6/17 The Yankee Way

It was Spring Training 2000, my first Minor League camp. I’m eating at the Cheesecake Factory in Tampa. Bernie Williams walks by with his wife and stops by and says, “Hey, Marlon, how are you doing?” I look at him and I’m thinking to myself, how in the world do you know who I am? You’re Bernie Williams. Same thing with Derek Jeter, same thing with Gerald Williams. It seemed like that whole click, Posada, all of them, they treated baseball like a fraternity, like it should be. Everyone was equal, and it didn’t matter who you were. If you were a part of a team or an organization, they treated you like they were your brother. I’ve always respected that, I’ve always respected the Yankees because of the way they handle things.

That’s always been in the back of my mind and that’s the way I’ve tried to be. I didn’t know how in the world they knew all the guys like that in that area — you had the Yankees, the Phillies and the Blue Jays in Tampa area. I guess that’s the Yankee Way. That was my first Spring Training. Bernie Williams. I’ve always respected that. It’s a respect thing. Just the way they handle themselves and treat everyone the same. Do they do that here? There are some guys that do. I try to be like that.

– Marlon

10 Comments

HI Marlon, you are a class act. God willing your back in the line up soon.

Marlon , you play the game like it is supposed to be played. I hope to see in the lineup soon.

we love you marlon!

Out in Southern California, we respect YOU, the way you play all out and carry yourself. We miss seeing you and hope to again soon!

Marlon, you are a class act and are missed in the Cubs lineup. Hope that you are healing and will be able to play soon.

It shows in the way you play the game Marlon, have missed you in the lineup…..get back soon!

Marlon, Love your playing style and you have a lot of class. Wish some players can be like you.

Marlon great story and I can tell that you carry yourself in a great way. I feel like you would be the guy that would give back to the fans by signing a few autographs and meeting some of the great cubs fans after the game. Keep up the great work, and get well soon!!!!

Marlon, can’t wait until you are back in the game again. Get well quickly.. the cubs need you.

Marlon, any person or group that conducts themselves in that manner will always receive respect and intern respect others. Great story to share. Get healthy; we need you back on the playing field.

Take Care.

RMJ

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