Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Yogi Berra died last night, at the age of 90. He was legend - that long ago transcended baseball - and become a cultural icon. Most people have probably use a few of his Yogi- isms (or variations of them) a week. I can't count the number of times I've said "It ain't over till it's over" or "It's deja' vu all ever again" (probably my favorite).
You couldn't grow up a Yankee fan in the 70's and 80's without having the "feud" become a touchstone of your view of Steinbrenner (and management in general). And wait for the inevitable reconciliation, so late in coming, in 1999 to bring the Yankee family back together. The same day (for Yogi), both Berra and Larson were in the Stadium and watch Dave Cone throw a perfect game! That was some kind of baseball miracle - "deja vu all over again" - writ large?!
Yogi is one of my all-time favorite Yankees (and baseball players, in general). He's right alongside Thurman Munson (fellow catcher), Phil Rizzuto (fellow legend), and Don Mattingly - to mention a few, in no particular order.
Read his full obituary from the NY Times.
Rest in Peace Yogi Berra