A gold catcher mitt was placed on top of his remains. But on a day filled with stories from a lifetime in baseball, Yogi Berra was remembered for being more than one of the game greats.
He was the man who served his country courageously on the beaches of Normandy on D Day in 1944. He was the man who delighted in the joys of family and someone who brought roaring laughter with his words wherever he went.
The beloved New York Yankees jerseys wholesale baseball jerseys catcher a three time American League MVP and Hall of Famer who played on 10 World Series championship teams also brought out sports royalty from all corners to an overflowing church, much in the way he helped fill ballparks for a generation.
was always so good, so honest, so human and so real, former Yankees jerseys manager Joe Torre said in his eulogy. didn have to be a baseball fan to know who Yogi was. who in Torre words the American dream, died a week ago at 90 years old. He was cremated and his remains were placed by the altar, an American flag prominently displayed.
Among those at the service were ex Yankees jerseys Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada and club president Randy Levine. Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson, was there as was football Hall of Famer Harry Carson.
Torre, now MLB chief baseball officer, recalled for the gathering at the Church of the Immaculate Conception one of many spring training car trips with Berra. As they were riding along, Berra asked that they pull over.
gets out of the car in uniform, Torre says. saw him in his No. 8 uniform and were saying, this isn happening. Yogi went in unassuming and asked, I use your bathroom?’ also added to the lexicon that has made Berra a linguistic treasure.
were going to play golf together, but then he had to cancel because he said he was shooting a commercial, Torre said. asked Yogi what the commercial was for. He said, It was Aflac. I think Amtrak sent him a check, too. Yogi Berra personified the American dream. You were a champion for every one of those 90 years. called Berra a charm for us because on the day in 1999 that Berra returned to Yankee Stadium after ending a 14 year feud with late owner George Steinbrenner, David Cone pitched a perfect game. Current Yankees jerseys manager Joe Girardi was catching then, using a mitt Berra used to catch a ceremonial first pitch from Don Larsen, the pitcher who threw a perfect game to Berra during the 1956 World Series.
The good luck didn stop there. Torre spoke of a playoff series in Oakland in 2001 when the Yankees jerseys lost the first two games.
threw a hat in the bag to go to Oakland, and I was talking to my team before the third game and I was wearing Ain Over It Over hat, he said. remember the team meeting and talked about just winning one game. That when Jeter had the flip play. Yankees jerseys won the pennant that year, but lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks jerseys in the World Series in seven games.
hosted a man named Pope Francis who has simplicity and a loyalty to kindness, Dolan said. about it. The two have the same smile, the open face, the shucks attitude, the exciting grasp of life. They even have the same big ears. Are they not similar? One a pope, the other a catcher. an avid baseball fan, ended his homily by melding two of Berra most celebrated remarks.
no fork in the road to eternal life, Dolan said. that respect, it ain over. John J. Myers of Newark gave the final blessing. Dolan shared a word with the family before leaving and hugged Berra eldest son, Larry.