In this week’s episode of A Call Away with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre radio broadcaster Adam Giardino, we catch up with four-time World Series champion Bernie Williams. He was in Charlotte to raise awareness for Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) while performing the national anthem for that night’s RailRiders-Knights game.
He opens up about the disease and how the effort to find a cure has meant a lot to him since the death of his father from IPF in 2001 at the age of 73. He also tells stories from his time in the low minors, going to cookouts in the backyards of local fans, and playing the guitar on the field postgame in Triple-A with the San Diego Chicken.
Also on the podcast is starting pitching prospect Nick Nelson. The 23-year old had only just recently gotten the call from Double-A, and we caught up with him following his Triple-A debut on the road at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte. He discusses his road from high school, through community college and then passing up on his dream school of University of Florida to sign with the New York Yankees.
For a special, bonus interview this week we have Joe Santry of the Columbus Clippers on the podcast. He is the team historian and has plenty of stories to tell about the Core Four and what they were like in Triple-A when Columbus was the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.
The podcast finishes with reports from broadcasters Matt Dean of the Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A), Nick Flammia of the Tampa Tarpons (High-A) and Jon Mozes of the Trenton Thunder (Double-A).
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