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.”
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