Bernie Williams: 'The Journey Within'

On New CD, Yankees Fielder Looks Back to Puerto Rico

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New York Yankees center fielder and guitarist Bernie Williams.

New York Yankees center fielder and guitarist Bernie Williams. Jorge Alvarez hide caption

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Listen to two selections from Williams' CD, 'The Journey Within:'

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Fans of New York Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams know him as an elegant runner and a smart hitter. He's won four Gold Glove awards, and so far, has racked up four World Series rings. In the Yankees clubhouse, he can be found at his corner locker — picking away at his guitar. Williams has been playing guitar since he was 8. He attended a music high school in Puerto Rico, where he studied classical guitar — and played baseball on the side.

Now, Williams has released his first CD, called The Journey Within, featuring his guitar playing and songwriting. NPR's Melissa Block, host of All Things Considered, talks with Williams about his music. He says the album brings together the different types of music he's been listening to since childhood.

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