WFAN Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Mike Francesa – Hour 2
NEW YORK (WFAN) - Bernie Williams, who played with the Yankees from 1991-2006, joined Mike Francesa to discuss his time as a key cog in the Yankees’ dynasty in the late 1990s. The center fielder was a five-time All-Star, a four-time World-Series Champion and a four-time Gold Glove Award winner.
“Preparation [played a big part in all those titles],” Williams told Francesa. “I saw myself being successful in the postseason, and I think a lot of players weren’t able to do that.”
Williams hit 22 postseason homers and drove in 80 postseason runs. When asked what his most memorable moment was, he pointed to 1998, when he won a World Series title, a Gold Glove and a batting title.
The legendary center fielder signed off by saying, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so supportive of my career. You’ve always been supportive.”
Following Williams on the program was Hal Steinbrenner, the son of the late, great Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Hal, a part owner with brother Hank, discussed his father’s love for the Yankees and for the pulse of the city and fan base.
“He had so much passion for the city, the fans and the game,” Hal explained. ”2009 [when the Yankees won the World Series] was very special to him.”
Lawrence Taylor was next to talk with Francesa. One of the greatest football players ever to walk on the field, L.T. reflected on the Giants’ Super Bowl XXV victory over the Bills in 1991.
“We weren’t supposed to beat the Bills,” Taylor said. “On paper, they were the best team in the league. But for that Sunday we were the best team in the league.”
Francesa ended the conversation by complimenting L.T., stating simply,” It wouldn’t have been a celebration without you.”
Switching gears, Jim Lampley joined the program. Lampley, who was an original host on the station, admitted that he’s surprised that the station and sports talk-radio format was able to survive.
“Who would have thought that 24-hour sports talk radio would come what it is today?” Lampley pondered. “But I enjoyed it so much.”
Francesa and Lampley also discussed some of the station’s oldschool regular callers, such as Sam from Bayonne and Bruce from Flushing.