The New York Yankees’ most successful player, Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra, passed away on September 22. The icon’s former team announced the news via a Twitter post reading, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of a Yankees legend and American hero, Yogi Berra.” Accompanying the post was a black and white photo of a young Berra wearing his New York Yankees jersey and cap.
The beautiful thing about social media is that it can bring people together, which is exactly what happened after news of Berra’s death started spreading. Several celebrities took to social media to pay homage to the former Hall of Famer, who died at the age of 90. Award-winning actor Samuel L. Jackson tweeted, “Had some great times & laffs with the Legendary Yogi Berra. One of a kind! RIP Sir! [sic]”
Following in Jackson’s footsteps were Yankees analyst Jack Curry, comedians Nick Swardson and Seth Rogen, former player Bernie Williams, and current star MLB player Shane Victorino, who wrote, “Yogi you were an icon and legend to us all who play this amazing game of [baseball emoji]!!!” Victorino also shared a touching post on Instagram, remembering Berra for his contribution to the game of baseball.
Other social media tributes to Berra included some of the late star’s famous and witty quotes, such as, “If you see a fork in the road, take it,” “If you can’t imitate him don’t copy him,” and “Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded.”
Ironically, life used his own satire on him, as the great player passed away exactly 69 years after the very day he made his Major League Baseball debut. The majority of Berra’s 19-year baseball career was spent in association with the Yankees. His roles included the team’s MLB catcher, coach, and manager. He was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame way back in 1972 and is known as one of the most talented catchers in the history of the sport. With 15 All-Star seasons under his belt, Berra was one of the four players ever to be named as the American League’s Most Valuable Player on three separate occasions.
The New York Yankees’ Twitter feed has been continuously flooding with memories, tributes, and statements about Berra’s death. Their latest post revealed that in honor of the late player, all of the team’s members will don his jersey number, eight, on the left sleeve of their jerseys in tonight’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
New York Yankees, Twitter, post, September 22, 2015, 11:22 p.m.
Samuel L. Jackson, Twitter post, September 22, 2015, 11:32 p.m.
Shane Victorino, Twitter post, September 22, 2015, 11:27 p.m.
“Yogi Berra,” Twitter.com, last accessed September 23, 2015.
New York Yankees, Twitter post, September 23, 2015, 7:30 a.m.