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Contest: "Rhythms of the Game"

When Bernie Williams came out with this book last year, I was expecting an autobiography. It really isn't; after all, it wouldn't be Bernie's way to go so, well, by the book.

(Sorry.)

No, while Williams includes some stories from his ballplaying days here, the book's subtitle - "The Link Between Musical and Athleitc Performance" - really captures its essence. Williams and his co-authors Dave Gluck and Bob Thompson, along with many other contributors (including a foreword by the great Paul Simon) extensively discuss the similarities between these two activities.

It's a pretty cool read, and quick, too; it comes in at a modest 203 pages. Perhaps my pro-Bernie bias shows here, but I found the book to be both enlightening and easygoing, just like Williams himself.

Anyway, I'll give my copy to the first person who e-mails me - at kdavidoff@newsday.com - with the correct answer to this question:

From 1993 through 2005 - a 13-year stretch - Williams served as the Yankees' Opening Day centerfielder 11 times. The two years he missed that honor were 2000, when an injury relegated him to DH, and 2004, when an injury put him on the disabled list.

Name the two men besides Williams who were Yankees Opening Day centerfielders during this period - one in 2000, the other in 2004.

Here are the contest rules.

--UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: We have a winner! Repeat winner Dominick knew that Ricky Ledee (2000) and Kenny Lofton (2004) were the two players who broke up the Bernie run.

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