An Ode to Yogi

This morning, the world woke up and something felt different. The world lost a special person and athletic legend.

The world had lost Yogi Berra physically, but his legacy continued on.

It is truly amazing how one person affects so many people around the world. Even if you are not a sports fan, you’ve heard of Yogi Berra. If not for his accomplishments, it was for his quirky sayings.

“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” “It’s deja vu all over again.” “You can observe a lot by just watching.”

Yogi made himself known, not just on the field. The 18-time All-Star made himself a fixture at big Yankee games. He was a part of the Yankees organization far after his time of play.

Words can’t even properly describe the sorrow that encompasses the loss of Yogi Berra from the world. Knowing full well that he was ill for some time, it was only a matter of time, but you can’t help but think that it was far too soon.

Just yesterday, Michael Kay was quoting Yogi during the Yankees’ victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Yogi’s legend transcends beyond the baseball diamond. He may have 10 World Series championships, but he was also a humanitarian and someone who thought of others.

Thinking back, when I was in New York for Jorge Posada Day, I was in awe that Yogi couldn’t make it. But now I can see. He was weak and probably getting sicker and he didn’t want people to feel bad for him. It was hard for him to get there, but it was also Jorge’s day.

I wish I could have seen Yogi in person one last time, but I know that up until the day he died, he was truly the Yankees’ number one fan.

Yogi Berra, already your presence is missed by so many. But you are now looking down on New York and the Yankees with your beloved wife.

Thank you for being passionate about baseball and a firm believer in New York baseball. Yogi Berra, we salute you.


This season is for you, Yogi.


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