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Bernie's fandom surfaces at Lopez appearance

NEW YORK -- When you picture someone being a little timid to approach a celebrity, it's probably unlikely Bernie Williams pops into mind.

Surely, a 16-year Yankees great with four World Series rings wouldn't have any trepidation about approaching an actor, no matter how famous, right?

Right. Sort of. Williams was somewhat sheepish when referring to actor/comedian George Lopez, a fellow Taco Bell Legends and Celebrity Softball Game participant on Sunday.

"I'm kind of a big fan of his," Williams said with a laugh. "It's interesting to come out and say 'Hi' to them, because you don't know what their reaction is going to be. I kind of relate it a little bit to people when they come over to players and try to get their attention. There's sort of a feeling of uncertainty, not knowing what's going to happen."

By all accounts, the Williams/Lopez meeting went off without a hitch.

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter.