On Tuesday night the world lost a baseball legend American hero and even better man; Yogi Berra passed away at the age of 90. Berra was a maestro on the baseball field, making it look easy day in and day out, but you know what his words and positive outlook on life might be even better than what you did on the field! In his 90 years on earth he influenced millions with his attitude effort and values. A life career that is unmatched it’s really impossible to justify everything that Yogi meant to everyone that he came in contact with but I’m going to try.
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Yogi Berra is one of the best catchers and players ever to cross the white lines and play America’s National Pastime. In 19 years he put up numbers that will never be touched again, not even on a videogame. He was an 18 time All-Star and a draw dropping 10 time World Series champion I’d say that’s a nice round number for every finger! They say records are made to be broken, but this one is going to stand forever with the amount of parity in baseball today he can rest comfortably in heaven knowing that one will stick. He also is the only catch her in major league history to catch a perfect game in the postseason that’s not really a surprise since he also holds the record for most postseason games played with 75 that’s remarkable today you see players scratching and clawing to make the postseason once!
Overall he hit .285 with 358 homers and 1430 RBIs; he only struck out 414 times over the course of his 19-year career never striking out more than 38 in a season! Today that is an unthinkable stat as the philosophy is a strikeout is an out and it doesn’t matter! He was also a great defender throwing out 45% of would-be base stealers showing that he was the full package on both sides of the ball. Yogi Berra’s is a once in a lifetime player and I wish I could’ve seen him play! His playing career wasn’t enough for him, he also managed the Yankees to three AL pennants. It didn’t matter what he did in the game of baseball he was a champion. People will always think of him, as a great ballplayer, but let’s not forget Berra as a person!
Yogi Berra’s life was so much more than baseball, he served in the Navy and stormed the beach at Normandy on D-Day. Thinking about his country before himself a quality he exhibited every day in his life. When he talked you listened so many yogi-isms that not only were related to baseball, but life itself every time you hear these quotes a smile should come across your face remembering Barra and his influence on the field and off! Thank you, Yogi Berra Rest in Peace!!!!
“I never said most of the things I said.”
“The game’s isn’t over until it’s over.”
“It’s deja vu all over again.”