How touching! The New York Yankees honored the late Yogi Berra, who died on Sept. 22, during their game with the Toronto Blue Jays. When the Yankees faced the Blue Jays on Sept. 23, each Yankee wore a special #8 sleeve patch in tribute to Yogi.
Baseball is “90% mental, and the other half is physical,” according to Yogi Berra. On the night after the 90-year-old New York Yankees icon passed away, baseball was 100% heart. During their game with the Toronto Blue Jays, Yogi’s former team honored him with a special patch that featured his famous jersey number, along with a touching video tribute. Click here to watch!
The Yankees kept Yogi close to their hearts, and on their sleeves, when they met the Blue Jays in Toronto on Sept. 23, reports CBS Sports. Each New York player’s uniform had a patch featuring the #8 in tribute to the last Yankee to wear the #8: Yogi Berra. In 1972, the Yankees retired the number in honor of Yogi, but tonight, EVERY Yankee was #8 in celebration of his career and life. And that’s not all. Ahead of the game, the Blue Jays helped honor the late MLB great with a video tribute remembering him as both a 10-time World Series champion and a character beloved by all fans.
This was a key game leading towards the 2015 playoffs. Going into this match, the Yankees were 2.5 games behind the Blue Jays in the American League East. Every game is a must-win, especially if the Yankees want to take home a 28th World Series Title.
Yogi passed away in his home on Sept. 22. He was 90-years-old. He played catcher for the New York Yankees from 1946 to 1963, even coaching the team from 1976-1983. While wearing the Yankees trademark pinstripes, he won the World Series ten times! Though he would play for the New York Mets and coach the Houston Astros, Yogi was a Yankee, tried and true.
The Hall of Famer was also known for his quirky quotes as well as his performance on the field. Many of his fans quoted their favorite “Yogiism” after they learned that he died. Some of his best sayings include: “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore”; “I never said most of the things I said”; “It’s déjà vu all over again”; and “You should always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise, they won’t come to yours.” Aww. That last one is sad.
Our thoughts continue to be with the Yogi Berra family during their time of loss. What did you think about the Yankees tribute, HollywoodLifers?
— Jason Brow