Remembering Yogi Berra: Reactions from around the baseball world – CBSSports.com
The baseball world lost one of its all-time greats Tuesday night when Hall of Famer Yogi Berra passed away at age 90. Berra is on the short list of the greatest catchers in history and was a tremendous philanthropist who used his fame for the betterment of others.
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner released the following statement Wednesday:
“Yogi Berra’s legacy transcends baseball. Though slight in stature, he was a giant in the most significant of ways through his service to his country, compassion for others and genuine enthusiasm for the game he loved. He has always been a role model and hero that America could look up to.
“While his baseball wit and wisdom brought out the best in generations of Yankees, his imprint in society stretches far beyond the walls of Yankee Stadium. He simply had a way of reaching and relating to people that was unmatched. That’s what made him such a national treasure.
“On behalf of my family and the entire Yankees organization, we extend our deepest condolences to Yogi’s family, friends and loved ones.”
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred remembered Berra with the following statement:
“Yogi Berra’s character, talent, courage, extraordinary experiences and inimitable way with words made him a universally beloved figure in Baseball and beyond.
“Born to Italian immigrant parents in St. Louis, Lawrence Peter Berra grew up to serve his country on D-Day as a member of the U.S. Navy. Upon his return from his service, he often played in the substantial shadows of Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, and yet he quietly became no less than one of the most accomplished players in baseball history himself. The slugging catcher was an anchor of 10 World Championship Yankee teams, a three-time American League Most Valuable Player and a 15-time All-Star. The Hall of Famer played on more World Championship and pennant-winning clubs than any player in the history of our National Pastime.
“Renowned as a great teammate, Yogi stood for values like inclusion and respect during the vital era when our game began to become complete and open to all. With his trademark humility and good humor, Yogi represented only goodwill to baseball fans. His proud American story will endure at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, New Jersey.
“Yogi Berra was a beacon of Americana, and today Major League Baseball and all of its Clubs stand together in mourning his passing and celebrating his memory. On behalf of the game he served with excellence and dignity, I extend my deepest condolences to Yogi’s children and grandchildren, his many friends throughout our game and his countless admirers.”
At The Players Tribune, fellow Yankees legend Derek Jeter released the following statement:
To those who didn’t know Yogi personally, he was one of the greatest baseball players and Yankees of all time. To those lucky ones who did, he was an even better person. To me he was a dear friend and mentor. He will always be remembered for his success on the field, but I believe his finest quality was how he treated everyone with sincerity and kindness. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Here are some more reactions from around the world of baseball:
@MLB say it ain’t so! I loved ya Yogi. RIP. Say hello to my Dad. Have a catch!
— Johnny Bench (@Johnny_Bench5) September 23, 2015
— Johnny Bench (@Johnny_Bench5) September 23, 2015
Johnny Bench on Yogi: Yogi was the Hall of Famer I wanted most to see and sit with. We laughed! We loved each other! It was a bond….
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 23, 2015
— Baseball Hall (@BaseballHall) September 23, 2015
No! Say it ain’t so. He was a good man, my former manager and friend! RIP Yogi. https://t.co/X5SauCYQty
— Dave Winfield (@DaveWinfieldHOF) September 23, 2015
— Mike Piazza (@mikepiazza31) September 23, 2015
A sad day with the loss of my dear friend Yogi. I will cherish the times we had together. Condolences to your wonderful family.
— Orlando Cepeda (@OrlandoCepeda30) September 23, 2015
What a Beautiful Man…What A Beautiful Spirit. Celebrate the Life of Yogi Berra Today. pic.twitter.com/dBp31lv9nD
— Bernie Williams (@bw51official) September 23, 2015
Rest in peace, Yogi. I will never forget our talks together! You are an American hero… I will truly miss you. pic.twitter.com/pFod8Gm3yw
— Paul O’Neill (@PaulONeillYES) September 23, 2015
Sorry to hear of the passing of one of baseballs greatest! Words can’t describe what he meant to the game and city of New York. #YogiBerra
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) September 23, 2015
The world’s lost a legend and I’ve lost a friend. Rest easy, Yogi. I’ll miss you buddy.
— David Robertson (@DRob30) September 23, 2015
I can’t believe I was lucky enough to talk catching with this man! What a gift! Rest in peace Yogi! pic.twitter.com/74SdyEF9wy
— John Flaherty (@flash17yes) September 23, 2015
Yogi could hit anybody’s fast ball. And I mean anybody’s. Nobody threw too hard for him. And he was the most positive person I’ve ever met.
— Charlie Manuel (@CMBaseball41) September 23, 2015
My thoughts and prayers to the Berra Family!!! Yogi you were an icon and legend to us all who play this amazing game of ??!!! #8 #YogiBerra
— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) September 23, 2015
Had some great times & laffs with the Legendary Yogi Berra. One of a kind! RIP Sir!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) September 23, 2015
We send our deepest condolences to Yogi Berra’s family and to @Yankees. Our game – and our rivalry – has lost an icon.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) September 23, 2015
Berra played with the Yankees from 1946-63 and the Mets in 1965. He won a record 10 World Series.