The baseball community lost a legend on Tuesday, with news coming that former New York Yankees and Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra has passed away at 90 years old. Berra played all but one of his 19 years with the Yankees while also suiting up for one year with the Mets. He was a 3 time AL MVP (also serving as runner up twice, once to teammate Mickey Mantle) and participated in 14 World Series, helping the Yankees win 10 of them. He was an AL All Star for 15 consecutive seasons throughout the late '40s, '50s, and early '60s. After his playing career was over, Berra spent time managing both the Yankees and the Mets, taking each to the World Series.
Aside from being an extraordinary baseball player, he is also a veteran of the United States Navy from a little war dubbed "World War II." In fact, Yogi was at D-Day.
Berra was and is a cultural icon, known for introducing many a "Yogi-ism" into the American lexicon (even if he didn't actually say them all) and having and equally famous cartoon character named after him.
Athlete's from all sports took to Twitter to react, included Reds legendary catcher and Hall of Famer, Johnny Bench:
@MLB say it ain't so! I loved ya Yogi. RIP. Say hello to my Dad. Have a catch!— Johnny Bench (@Johnny_Bench5) September 23, 2015
@MLB @BaseballHall @Yankees Yogi sent me a telegram when I hit a HR to pass him, "I knew my record would stand until it was broken".— Johnny Bench (@Johnny_Bench5) September 23, 2015
RIP Yogi Berra. Great baseball legend who will live on forever to his fans.— Mike Leake (@MikeLeake44) September 23, 2015
Derek Jeter on @PlayersTribune: Yogi Berra's "finest quality was how he treated everyone with sincerity & kindness." pic.twitter.com/ovphnsSblc— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) 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
Also, Hal Steinbrenner and Commissioner Rob Manfred:
Hal Steinbrenner on Yogi Berra: "His imprint in society stretches far beyond the walls of Yankee Stadium." pic.twitter.com/yAPBALGRqp— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 23, 2015
Commissioner Rob Manfred's statement regarding the passing of Yogi Berra. pic.twitter.com/aHygSJKq09— MLB (@MLB) September 23, 2015
The baseball community and all of human kind lost a good one today. Red Reporter's thoughts are with the Berra family today.
A few Reds links, I guess:
- Remember talking about all of those Reds rookie pitchers yesterday? Sam Gardner from FoxSports suggests that the Reds reliance on all these young arms could bear fruit down the road.
- No one was here last night, so you might be wondering if the Reds beat the Cardinals in a baseball game that was played. The answer to that question is a very unsurprising and underwhelming, "of course not." It was Mike Matheny's birthday, after all. Oh, and Tommy Pham did it again. Tommy Pham totally sounds like a name for an early aughts MTV douchey "VJ" or whatever they called them.
- During the game, Todd Frazier made a very athletic play to rob the Cardinals of a hit, running into foul territory and nearly spilling over into the camera well. And then, things took a turn for the awkward when Keyvius Sampson helped save Frazier from tumbling, resulting in this borderline SFW gif:
*Borderline NSFW catch* (via @Reds) http://t.co/r33cZScWlL pic.twitter.com/pISVgki9TI— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 23, 2015