Yogi Berra once said, ‘It ain’t over till it’s over.’ Sadly, it’s over, as Yogi passed away on Sept. 22. The 90-year-old New York Yankees catcher was beloved by fans like Seth Rogen, Sen. Chuck Schumer and more – and they flocked to Twitter to share their favorite ‘Yogiisms’ while remembering the baseball icon.
“You can observe a lot by just watching,” according to Yogi Berra. If the New York Yankees catcher could see the outpouring of grief over his death, he’d observe that baseball fans from all over the world loved him. After news broke that Yogi had passed away, celebrities from the movie, sports and political worlds shared their thoughts about Yogi’s incredible life and career.
Yogi died from natural causes on Sept. 22, according to his manager and the Official Yogi Berra Museum. His family confirmed his death with a statement that said, “we celebrate his remarkable life and are thankful he meant so much to so many. He will truly be missed.” He will be! Yogi was not just a 13-time World Series champion and an 18-time All-star, but he was man a full of clever and quirky quotes!
Fans celebrated Yogi by sharing their best “Yogiism.” And wow — Yogi had a million of them. His sense of humor was certainly appreciated by comedians. Seth Rogen admitted that while he wasn’t a big baseball fan, he loved Yogi for his “comedic genius.”
Fellow Yankees CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez sent love to Yogi. ARod even thanked him, calling him a “teacher” and a friend.” But, Yogi was not just missed by Yankees fans. The Atlanta Braves, the Toronto Blue Jays, even the Yankees’ rival, the Boston Red Sox, tweeted their respect! Plus, basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar tried to sum up his own feelings about Yogi, but couldn’t in just 140 characters.
Even politicians honored the late Yankee. New York Senator Chuck Schumer called him a “funny” and “hard-working…team player,” while former New York City mayor, Mike Bloomberg, said, “thanks for bringing so much joy.”
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) September 23, 2015
— CC Sabathia (@CC_Sabathia) September 23, 2015
We are deeply saddened by the loss of a Yankees legend and American hero, Yogi Berra. pic.twitter.com/Bf8uXxUPzR
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 23, 2015
— Mike Piazza (@mikepiazza31) September 23, 2015
I don't know much about sports, but Yogi Berra was always my favorite baseball player because he was a comedic genius.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 23, 2015
Yogi Berra was not only a baseball legend but a veteran who honorably served our country. Thank you and rest in peace Yogi.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 23, 2015
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Yankee legend Yogi Berra. Our thoughts go out to the Berra family. @MLB
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) 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
I could not fit my thoughts about baseball legend Yogi Berra on Twitter. So checkout http://t.co/3E8awv8i8A
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) September 23, 2015
Yogi Berra was born to immigrant parents, participated in D-Day invasion, won more World Series rings than any other player. American icon.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 23, 2015
The future ain't what it used to be. We'll miss you, Yogi – thanks for bringing so much joy to our city. http://t.co/ia3zm0AlgO
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) September 23, 2015
Though born in a hard-scrabble St. Louis neighborhood, Yogi Berra was NY all the way: plain spoken, funny, hard working & a real team player
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 23, 2015
— Ken Burns (@KenBurns) September 23, 2015
If you observe you'll be amazed at what you see. – Yogi Berra … Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/RLk4FkLtba
— PHAROAHE MONCH (@pharoahemonch) September 23, 2015
Our thoughts and condolences continue to go out to Yogi’s friends, family and former teammates during this time of loss. Leave your own favorite Yogiism and memory below, HollywoodLifers.
— Jason Brow