Well, the first day of Spring was greeted with early morning snow flakes here in New York; but, Spring prevailed over Winter, as the sun melted the little snow crystals before they had any chance of accumulating on the ground.
So, it was kind of a nice transition, as Winter had its final at-bat, and Spring very easily recorded the last outs of the season. Winter will surely redeem itself with a victory when it battles the Fall at the end of December later this year.
I guess it was certain Spring was going to arrive on time because Yogi Berra was scheduled to arrive back home in New Jersey today from Tampa, Florida. At least, that’s what was reported by the Yankee announcers, Ken Singleton and John Flaherty, before the Yankees 7-4 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays, on the YES Network last night, as the camera showed Yogi smiling and having a good time sitting in the Yankees dugout.
Yogi Berra always seems to be in the right place, at the right time. So, I’m sure when he arrives back North — Spring will be here.
Like Yogi once said, “if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll wind up somewhere else“. So, I would say, when Yogi Berra returns home, it will be Spring.
Yogi Berra’s “highlights” from his 18 year New York Yankees career are amazing.
And, when I think about Yogi Berra’s great baseball career, my thoughts always go back to a few years ago when a reporter asked the Yankees “captain” Derek Jeter how it felt to have “four” World Series rings. Jeter’s response was priceless, and explains why Derek is a “winner”; a class act; and, a true Yankee who has tremendous respect for the great New York Yankees tradition.
Derek Jeter said …
“Well, over here with the Yankees we have a guy walking around with “ten” World Series rings. Basically, that’s the standard we all look up to each year”.
Of course, Jeter was talking about Yogi Berra, and the fact that Berra represents a connection to the awesome Yankees winning tradition, greatness, and history of the past.
And, this is the reason Derek Jeter, and Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner, have always set the goal of winning the World Series each year as the benchmark of a successful Yankees season. Anything less is a failure.
With Yogi Berra as the “Gold Standard” of success, how can any owner, manager, coach, player, team, or fan, go wrong following that great example?
Yogi Berra played for the Yankees from 1946-1963, and appeared in 14 World Series, including, “ten” World Championship teams.
Actually, counting Yogi’s seven additional appearances in the World Series as either a coach or manager, in which he was part of three more World Championship teams, Yogi Berra appeared in a record 21 World Series’, and has 13 World Series rings.
Yogi Berra has appeared in a World Series, as a player, manager, or coach in “five” different decades: * 1940’s … * 1950’s … * 1960’s … * 1970’s … 1980’s
Berra still hold numerous World Series records, including, hitting the first pinch-hit homerun in World Series play, in 1947; and, his greatest achievement, catching Don Larsen’s “Perfect Game” in the Yankees 2-0 victory in Game 5 of the 1956 World Seres.
During the regular season, Berra had a lifetime .285 batting average, with 2,150 Hits; 358 Homeruns; 1,430 RBI’s; and a .482 slugging percentage.
* Yogi Berra was selected to play on the American League All-Star Team 15 times.
* Berra won the American League MVP Award “three” times (1951, ’54, ’55).
* Between 1949 and 1955, on great teams with such stars as Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra led the Yankees in RBI’s “seven” consecutive seasons.
* Five times Berra had more Homeruns in a season than strikeouts, including, striking-out only 12 times in 597 at-bats in 1950, while hitting .322 with 28 HR’s and 124 RBI’s.
* In June, 1962, at the age of 37, Yogi Berra caught an entire 22-inning, 7-hour game, against the Detroit Tigers.
* Yogi Berra had the reputation of being a “bad ball hitter”; and, when he was once asked about swinging at “bad pitches”, Yogi replied, “if I can hit it, it’s a good pitch”.
* In 1972, Yogi Berra was enshrined into Baseball’s “Hall of Fame”.
* Also, in 1972, the New York Yankees honored Yogi Berra by retiring his #8 … [note: the Yankees have also retired #8 in honor of Hall of Fame catcher, Bill Dickey].
I could go on and on in this dedication in honor of Yogi Berra, but will end my stating the obvious …
Yogi Berra was one of the greatest players in baseball history; and a true “American Original” !!!
Thank you, Yogi, for still being a major part of the New York Yankees family; and, also, for all the many joyful moments you have given all of us throughout the years !!!
To view Yogi Berra’s lifetime stats, click on …
The following are some of my favorite “Yogi-isms” …
Quotes by Yogi Berra:
* “You can observe a lot by watching”
* “It’s like deja vu all over again”
* “If I didn’t wake up, I’d still be sleeping”
* “I can’t concentrate when I’m thinking”
* “No one goes there any more; it’s too crowded”
* “It’s not too far, it just seems like it is”
* “We’re lost, but we’re making good time”
* “I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early”
* “It gets late awfully early around here”
[referring to the bad sun conditions in left field at Yankee Stadium].
* “We made too many wrong mistakes”
[on why the Yankees lost the 1960 World Series to the Pittsburg Pirates].
* “It’s tough to make predicitions, especially about the future”
* “The future ain’t what it used to be”
* “Never answer an anonymous letter”
* “You better make it four. I don’t think I can eat eight”
[when asked how many slices his pizza should be cut into].
* “I want to thank you for making this day necessary”
[in a speech he said “necessary” instead of “possible”].
* “It ain’t over, ’till it’s over”
— What are some of your favorite Yogi Berra quotes?
— Do you know any different “Yogi-isms” than above?
Everybody, enjoy the first day of “Spring”, 2009 !!!
— Jimmy Curran, “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”