It Ain't Over (2022)

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It Ain't Over (2022)

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The 2015 All-Star Game is

at the Great American Ball Park

in Cincinnati,

and I am watching it with my grandfather.

The opening ceremony features

the four greatest living baseball players,

as determined by 25 million fan votes.

These four men were selected by fans

across all of Major League Baseball.

- So outcomes Hank Aaron...

- Hank Aaron.

- ...Johnny Bench...

- Johnny Bench.

- ...Sandy Koufax...

- Sandy Koufax.

...and Willie Mays.

Who were all absolutely amazing

players in their own right,

but I'm in the room

sitting next to my grandfather,

Yogi Berra.

And I'm thinking."

"Wait a second. He's got more MVPs

than any of these guys.

He's won more World Series rings

than all four of them combined."

And I look at him

and I said, "Are you d*ad?"

And he said, "Not yet."

Objectively speaking,

I don't know how 25 million baseball

fans could leave him off of that list.

You know who he is. He's Yogi.

To have Yogi not included

in the greatest living players of 2015...

That makes no sense to me whatsoever.

I don't quite understand that.

He's pounded out 67 World Series hits.

- Come on.

- He's in his 68th World Series game.

There's one. It is going... Gone!

Come on. Come on.

Yogi Berra...

There are only two people

with more than 350 home runs

and fewer than 500 strikeouts

in the whole history

of Major League Baseball,

and their names are Joe DiMaggio

and Yogi Berra.

It just really kind of cemented home

in my mind

how overlooked he became as a player

and how much that personality of his,

that became

so much bigger than baseball...

Mr. Yogi Berra. Yogi!

...actually served to take away

from his legacy as a baseball player.

A high drive. That's trouble.

Do you ever h*t home runs?


I realize that I'm inherently biased

because Yogi Berra is,

after all, my grandfather,

but I believe, as the years went by,

Yogi Berra became a cultural icon.

Maybe it's that punching bag of a face.

Maybe it's the Yogi-isms

that really are true.

"It ain't over until it's over."

We all know that.

It isn't over till it's over.

Yogi Berra once said, "When you come

to a fork in the road, take it."

"We may be lost,

but we're making good time."

You're probably best known in America

for your Yogi-isms.

Oh, boy.

So how on earth is he overlooked

and not included as one

of baseball's greatest living players?

He may be overlooked,

but he certainly wasn't overlooked

by the people who know

what they're looking at in baseball.

He slams it

over the scoreboard in right field

for the first pinch-h*t home run

in World Series history.

For me, Yogi Berra is

the greatest of all catchers.

He has one of the greatest

World Series resumes of any player ever.

Got him!

The greatest game ever pitched...

Yogi was representing, not the big guys,

but he was representing us,

the stickball kids in the street.

He was a giant.

I mean, he was the most overlooked

superstar in the history of baseball.

"I'm not a cartoon.

You know, they made me a cartoon."

Yogi Bear!

Man, I only saw the cartoon side of Yogi.

Right? I mean, he's a figure

that was larger than life.

Yogi Berra is the American League's

most valuable ballplayer.

He is also one of baseball's

most popular figures.

This despite the fact Yogi is an awfully

tough man when the chips are down,

either behind the plate

or when he's up there with a bat.

Yogi grew up in St. Louis,

became a Yankee when he was 20.

And he's been hitting home runs

with considerable regularity ever since.

Yogi, did your parents encourage you

to become a ballplayer?

No, they didn't, Ed.

I've got a funny story

to tell you about that.

Back there on The Hill,

we played ball all the time.

Us kids,

we played every darn day, you know.

We played

with a bottle cap and broomsticks.

If I swung hard, I would swing and miss.

And one strike, you were out.

And I think that would help me a lot,

you know, playing that bottle cap

'cause that was pretty tough to h*t.

Yogi Berra is not

my grandfather's real name.

It is Lorenzo Pietro, Lawrence Peter.

He grew up

in the Malian section of St. Louis

that used to be called Dago Hill.

Now known simply as The Hill.

They were very poor as immigrants,

and he was very accustomed

to hearing "dago," "Wop,"

all the derogatory terms for Italians.

His father was, you know, old-school,

and they had to work.

His brother Tony, who they called "Lefty,"

he was a tremendous ballplayer too.

They were all great athletes,

so it's something they had to give up.

Tony was a tremendous athlete.

Mike was a good athlete.

They were all good baseball players.

They wanted to see

somebody get out there and play

and do what they felt

like they really wanted to do.

If work coincided with a game,

Papa Berra made him go to work.

And he'd have to leave work

or sneak out of work to get to the game,

so Papa Berra didn't find out

he left work.

Kind of skipped work a little bit.

And I said, "I'm gonna play

in the big leagues one of these days."

Where could you go and work three

hours and make that kind of money?

And then I got a chance

to play American Legion ball.

They had no benches in the sandlots.

So they sat on the ground.

And Dad would cross his legs

and cross his arms

and sit like this

on the ground between innings.

Bobby Hofman played with the Giants.

We played

on the same American Legion team.

And I was sitting on the ground

with my legs crossed

and my arms crossed.

He says, "You look like a yogi.

That stuck.

His three older brothers

kind of ganged up on Grandpa Pietro

and convinced him to let Grandpa Yogi

have a chance as a ballplayer.

They allowed him to go away

if Dad would send home his paycheck.

This is 5446.

This is where I live.

Right across the street is 5447.

That's where Mr. Berra lived.

So how long have I known Yogi?

I can't remember not ever knowing Yogi.

Infect, I think

he's the first guy I ever saw.

Which, of course, brings up another

thing. How good a ballplayer was I?

Most guys,

when they go to the big leagues,

they're either the best player in school

or the best player in the neighborhood.

With Yogi living over there,

I wasn't even the best player on my block.

The Cardinals had a tryout,

and everybody in the neighborhood knew

that Dad was the best ballplayer.

I guess he just didn't look

like a great ballplayer.

You know, Garagiola got $500

to sign with the Cardinals.

And they offered Yogi 250.

And Yogi got mad.

He thought he ought to get

just exactly what Joey got.

Yogi, Branch Rickey is an old friend,

and I seem to remember him telling me

that you and he were once almost

in a business deal. Is that right?

Well, Ed, this is what happened in 1942,

when he was still general manager

of the St. Louis Cardinals.

But in a couple of days,

he was moving over to Brooklyn.

And he told me...

I was working out with the club.

He said I'd never be

a big-league ballplayer.

All I would be is

a Minor League ballplayer.

Branch Rickey said

Yogi was too clumsy and too slow.

Yogi was crushed.

But we later, you know, learned

that Branch Rickey had a plan.

Rickey knew he was leaving the

Cardinals to go to the Brooklyn Dodgers.

He also knew if he didn't offer Yogi

what his pal Joey got,

Yogi was probably not going to sign.

Figuring, "As soon

as I get over to Brooklyn,

I'm right back in there

and I'm signing Yogi,

and now he's playing for me

and not the Cardinals."

And the only thing

that upset that apple cart was...

It was too late.

I already signed with the Yankees.

The Yankees got there

in between St. Louis and Brooklyn.

Are your parents

baseball fans now, Yogi?

Well, my dad's

a pretty good baseball fan now, Ed.

Yogi, you took part in D-Day, didn't you?

Well, I was only a kid at 18 years old

when I made the Normandy invasion, Ed.

During World w*r II, if you're

an able-bodied young person,

you signed up

or you enlisted into the service.

Yogi was playing in the lower levels

of the Yankee Minor Leagues.

He was at Norfolk,

where the big Naval base was.

He enlists

before he has a chance to be drafted.

So he volunteers

to join the Navy for World w*r II.

And then he volunteers again

for what the Navy was calling

"a secret mission,"

which was the rocket boats.

Yogi was a big, big fan of comic books.

He thought it had something

to do with Buck Rogers.

But, ultimately,

it was really preparing

for the invasion of Normandy.

Couldn't write home,

tell them what I was doing.

We were the first ones in,

before the Army come in.

It's amazing

what that little boat could do though.

We could sh**t one at a time,

we could sh**t two at a time,

or we could sh**t all 24 at a time.

We did pretty good.

In that landing, he was right there.

All those b*ll*ts

and everything you see in that landing,

he was offshore.

He didn't know how to swim.

There were six or seven guys on his boat,

and they all got h*t.

I stayed on the water for ten days.

I wasn't scared when going into it.

It looked like 4th of July.

The next day,

his job was pulling

the bloated bodies out of the water

after the beach was secured.

And he talked about

how that was the...

worst and toughest

experience of his life.

Baseball ain't hard.

You know, w*r is hard.

This is New York,

rich in the promise of a bright tomorrow.

So after my dad got out of the service,

they took him into the Yankee clubhouse

to show him around,

and he still had his sailor's uniform on.

One of the guys said:

"That's the Berra kid

that they're talking about?

He don't look much like a ballplayer."

And Pete Sheehy,

the longtime Yankee clubhouse man,

said he took one look at Dad

in his sailor's uniform,

said, "He don't look much

like a sailor either."

First of all, he wasn't 6-foot-3,

210 pounds of pure gold with blond hair,

et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

He was Yogi.

Everything about him was kind of funny.

If you look at the early photography,

the early baseball cards of Berra,

he is a strange-looking man.


Not attractive.

Everything about Yogi was round.

The rounded shoulders, the...

I mean, he was...

The whole structure was circular.

You have to understand, too,

the Yankees...

...They were almost like

America's Team.

There was a look,

an elegance about them,

with Joe DiMaggio, Tommy Henrich.

So when Yogi comes to the team,

you've got this 5-foot-7,


kind of talked a little funny as we"...

You know, he...

They say,

"He doesn't look like a Yankee."

He was a very unlikely prospect.

He was short. He was squat.

Nobody thinks this guy can play,

until you put him out there.

And it's time to play ball.

Grandpa makes his big-league debut

in September of 1946.

And when Joe DiMaggio sees him,

he says:

"Who's this guy?

He looks like a f*re hydrant."

Everyone said

he didn't look like a Yankee.

His own manager, Bucky Harris,

called him "The Ape."

The media said he looked

like a Neanderthal and a gargoyle.

And it brings up the catcher Yogi Berra.

And I think he went on to prove

that it didn't really matter

what you looked like.

Because as soon

as he got up to the plate,

he silenced

all of the critics with his bat.

Berra swings, and that one's

gonna leave the ballpark.

Well, what do you know?

Larry Berra, they call him Yogi,

his very first time at the Major Leagues

and what does he do?

He hits a home run.

Grandpa hits a home run

in his first game

in the big leagues, which is...

You know, doesn't happen very often,

kind of unheard of,

and then he hits a second

in his second game.

Yogi's blast sails

over the right-field fence...

And he rounds the bases

and comes back to the dugout,

and Joe DiMaggio is sitting

on the bench, staring at him.

And Grandpa's staring back

at Joe DiMaggio,

and he says,

"What? I can h*t homers too."

Well, I mean,

first memories of Yogi Berra

was watching him play on television.

He was a left-hand hitter.

I could just see him taking that long bat

and hitting it over the right-field fence

into Bedford Avenue at Ebbets Field.

Berra connects, and the ball goes high

and far over the right-field wall.

He was such a good hitter

and such an unorthodox hitter.

You know, his hits,

probably half the time,

were on pitches that weren't strikes.

You know, he just basically

looked for something

that looked good to him

and he swung at it.

I had fun. It's a fun game to me.

The fun of the game is hitting.

He had these amazing, like, meat-hook,

gigantic hands that were super fast,

which is another reason he was able

to put the bat on so many

what everyone else called "bad pitches."

Great, great hands. Great ability

to know where the end of the bat was.

That's what Yogi was really good at.

He knew where the end

of the bat was every time.

And that's why they said

he was such a good bad-ball hitter.

Look at the old videos, man.

Sometimes a pitcher gives away

their pitches to a hitter.

If you're paying close attention

to the pitcher,

you could come down

so far for a fastball,

come down lower for a curveball.

You watch it.

Then Yogi hits one out into right field.

He h*t with power,

and the amazing thing was,

almost never struck out.

He swung at everything. That's the key.

Can't strike out

if you don't get two strikes.

If you don't get to two strikes.

Yogi swung at everything.

He's probably one of the best

bad-ball hitters there was in the game.

Well, I think that's not exactly true.

What it is, instead of a bad-ball hitter,

he could h*t a good ball,

but he could also h*t a ball

that was up or outside.

I could h*t the ball the other way too.

If he threw a curveball,

he's not gonna fool me.

- No b*lls, two strikes.

- Two strikes, I always guard the plate.

Then there's some pitchers out there,

don't care what he threw, I could h*t it.

He would slash at something

that was way out of the strike zone,

so, in effect, what he is doing

is abolishing the strike zone.

To put the ball in play

at different quadrants of the zone,

it's unheard of, really.

You don't see guys do that nowadays,

but he was so strong.

It's phenomenal

because it's the art of hitting.

Berra swings, and there's a drive

going deep into right field.

Going back is Carl Furillo.

That ball is over the wall for a home run.

Yogi was a tremendous clutch hitter.

He was probably one of the hitters

that the opposition hated

to see him come up with men on base.

And especially in the late innings.

That was when he was

particularly good.

It was amazing how that last at-bat,

when the game's on the line

or they got a one-run lead,

he's gonna h*t a line drive.

The count is two strikes when

Yogi Berra

slams one down the right-field line.

His second homer of the series.

One time, a reporter asked him

if all the bad things

people said about

his looks bothered him.

He just brushed it off and said:

"Nah, in this racket,

all you've gotta do is h*t the ball,

and I've never heard

of anybody hitting it with his face."

People really liked him

because he was affable

and he was fun to listen to

and fun to be around,

but that sort of became

who Yogi Berra was,

this funny, little guy.

Because the media tended

to view Yogi as a clown,

he was made fun of in the

New York press.

They took advantage of him

to create a persona

with which he was only

too willing to subscribe.

Yogi was a little different.

He was a character.

And people like that,

but sometimes

the writers would go a little too far

in making fun of him.

Yogi, you take a lot of ribbing.

Does it ever get under your skin?

Not at all, Ed.

There's an old saying in baseball.

If the ballplayers kid you,

they like you.

If they don't kid you,

they don't like you."

Does this kidding

ever bother you, Mrs. Berra?

No, it doesn't.

He's a pretty good bench jockey himself.

Mrs. Berra, do you call

your husband Yogi too?

Yes, I do, Mr. Murrow,

although I feel a little guilty about it.

I feel that I should call him Larry,

but we have a son named Larry also,

and I feel that it's easier

to distinguish between the two

by calling him Yogi.

My Grammy Carmen grew up

on a farm in Missouri,

but when she was a teenager,

she came to St. Louis,

and she was waiting tables

in a restaurant

on The Hill called Biggie's.

This was an expensive restaurant.

And my grandfather used to drag

Joe Garagiola there at lunchtime,

and they would go sit at the bar

and they would drink glasses of water,

and Grandpa would basically stare

at Grammy Carmen.

Finally, Joe said, "Hey, Yogi,

what's going on here with this Biggie's?

I'm gonna be broke by Christmas.

I can't keep eating at this place.

I was shy.

I thought she was

a nice-looking girl...

...and, you know,

I'm not that good-looking.

And I'd kind of taken a liking to her.

It was love at first sight. It was.

I actually asked Biggie,

the owner of the restaurant,

to introduce me, to ask if she wanted

to go out with me, you know.

I liked him. He was a little different.

All the other boys I dated were tall,

handsome, 6-foot-4 fellows.

This is what he told us.

I'll never forget.

We were all sitting around and he said:

I looked at her and said,

'That's the woman I'm gonna marry.


And everybody teased him and said,

"You'll never get somebody that pretty."

- Yeah. See?

- They all teased him

that he would never

get anybody that pretty.

And she fell for him.

He was a sweetheart.

Well, I thought he was kind of cute.

He was better-looking

then than he is now.

I went after him, really.

He didn't have a chance.

When my grandparents had just met,

he used to write my grandmother

old-fashioned love letters.

And they're very sappy and very sweet,

and the best way to illustrate

is to just read one.

"Dearest darling, received your letter

and was very happy to have received it.

Glad to hear everything with you is fine.

As for me, I am just fine,

and I hope I stay that way.

Darling, I love you very, very much.

I will always love you as long as I live.

There will never be another girl but you.

I love you, darling, more than ever.

I mean that.

I love you. I love you. I love you.

I love you always and always.

But my favorite thing is that now and then

he throws in a tidbit, like:

"I went 3-for-4 today."

The New York Yankees

reporting for play

at St. Petersburg, Florida,

with manager Casey Stengel.

Catcher Yogi Berra and Coach Bill

Dickey have the right idea.

No winter storytelling here,

but signals

for certain service in the summer.

I never caught until I turned pro.

I was a lousy catcher.

Till they got Bill Dickey there.

Both Reese and Robinson score

on a passed ball.

Here it is, Yogi.

He really worked me, boy.

Bill Dickey did drills

with his catchers at Spring Training,

and it was the cruelest drill

I've ever seen.

He would stand on home plate,

put the catchers at the backstop,

and h*t line drives in the dirt,

to the left, to the right,

and Yogi never got tired, never quit.

But it made him a much better catcher

'cause he worked very hard.

Bill Dickey set the bar

by playing in 100 games

13 seasons in a row.

When Yogi became the catcher,

he was catching 150 games a year.

Yogi Berra caught 117 doubleheaders,

both sides of these games.

And as somebody

that did it a couple times,

I want you to know that

that is absolutely ridiculous.

A hundred and seventeen doubleheaders

he caught.

That's unbelievable. That is...

That's unfathomable today.

Being Yogi Berra behind the dish,

I'm feeling pretty good

about my chances, right?

It was a preposterous amount

of energy and durability.

Yogi was a physical specimen,

and because he was

so low to the ground,

which today we regard

as an amazing deficit,

it was something of an advantage to him

because he was so quick in the infield.

Cox attempts to sacrifice

both runners along,

and Hodges is called out

at third on the force play.

And everybody tells me,

"Oh, you're so short."

I said, "Well, I make a good target.

I don't have to bend down so far."

I'm in the strike zone all the time.

Here's the pitch,

and Sis/er goes down swinging.

When he settled in as a catcher,

with Bill Dickey's help in 1949,

he memorably said that Dickey

was learning him all his experience.

And he made me work, boy.

He used to tell the teams

when we'd play, "Steal on Yogi."

Here's a throw into the plate,

and the runner is out at home.

I remember one time

a foul ball went right here

and shattered the whole bar.

That's the velocity of that pitch.

He had a little cut,

but he went back and played.

I had a lot of fun catching. I really did.

You get to talk to everybody.

You talk to the batters a lot, Yogi.

What do you say to them?

- Try to help them.

- Help them?

- The guys you wanna b*at?

- Sure. I tell them:

"Watch out for the pitcher.

He's a little wild."

Or, "It's hard to see the ball

because of the white shirt.

- Helpful things.

- Yeah.

Strike two. Fastball.

Yogi knew the hitters very, very well.

I mean, he really knew

what their weakness was.

And if a hitter had a weakness,

I mean, he fed it to him constantly.

Yeah, till they proved to him

that they could h*t it.

I watched hitters. I really did.

I studied hitters.

If I see a guy diving in,

that ball's coming inside. I don't care.

There's no question

that the catcher runs the show

back from behind the plate.

He basically puts the puzzle together.

He's the one

that's putting the fingers down.

Catchers are 100% like quarterbacks.

One, they gotta know everything

that's going on.

Number two,

they have to be able to call a game.

You need to know the strength

of every hitter coming up to the plate,

as well as the strength of your pitcher,

as well as the positioning

of your players on the field.

That's why a lot of catchers

become managers.

You have to know everything

that's going on.

And now they have the hot and

cold maps of hitters coming up,

because they're saying that's too much

information to keep in one brain.

But for Yogi Berra,

that was a walk in the park.

When you walk out to talk to the pitcher,

what do you talk about?

The main thing, you go out there

and try and ease the pitcher.

He knows what kind of trouble

he's in already.

But I go out and tell him:

"Well, you wanna go

to the movies tonight?"

Or, "What kind of date

you got for tonight?"

And you try and ease his mind.

I've always thought the relationship

a pitcher and catcher have to have is,

the pitcher needs to know

that you'll do whatever it takes

to get him through seven innings,

no matter what.

You'll stand on your head.

You'll dive for b*lls.

You'll take b*lls off your neck.

Whatever it takes, you're there for him.

Here's the throw to Berra to the plate,

and Hamner's out.

When you prepare as a catcher,

pitchers trust you, right?

They know, "He knows something.

AH I gotta do is execute

the pitch he calls,

and I'm gonna be okay.

They win the final game, 5 to 2,

to remain

the baseball champions of the world.

You know, I go back to 1956.

I was, as a, you know, 16-year-old,

I was sitting in the bleachers.

I guess I was pulling for the Dodgers.

I was a National League fan.

And then about the sixth inning,

I started pulling for the Yankees

because you knew that...

That Larsen had

something special going.

That Larsen had

something special going.

Strike one.

Don Larsen must have

really studied Mr. Maglie

'cause he's got the blueprint.

Strike two.

Not a Dodger had reached

first base off Don Larsen,

the big right-hander from California.

Over the years,

watching certain players,

I could see that Yogi had the ability

of elevating these players.

Let's just take Don Larsen, for instance.

Don had a losing career in baseball.

He lost more games than he won.

Yet, at that time, Yogi was able

to bring the most out of him,

so that people are still remembering

that perfect game in baseball.

I didn't know I was gonna pitch

until I came to the clubhouse.

I was shaking a little bit. Quite a bit.

You can feel it in the crowd.

Tense, breathless.

When Larsen comes out for the ninth,

still no Dodger has reached first base.

This is more than a no-hitter.

Everything Yogi called for,

I threw close to where he wanted it.

Don Larsen never shook him off

once in 97 pitches.

Don Larsen is spinning

quite a web today.

He's retired 16 men in a row.

He called a game

because he intuitively knew

what would work and not work

against certain hitters.

An accidental swing.

And here's Vin Scully

to carry on the rest of the way.

Thank you, Mel. Hi, everybody.

I think it was Yogi who took this man

and after, like, the fourth inning,

started to mold him into,

"Hey, you gotta concentrate now."

He had great control that day.

Strike two on a beautiful

change-up curve.

Fastball, curveball, slider...

- Down he goes.

He got it over in the right spots.

Two out in the ninth, still not a h*t.

I think it would be safe to say

that no man in the history of baseball

has ever come up to home plate

in a more dramatic moment.

Only one man now blocks Larsen

from the greatest pitching achievement

of all time.

And that man is Dale Mitchell.

Mom was sitting in the stands

with Whitey Ford's wife.

Strike one.

And, of course,

my mom was pregnant at the time.


She said, if we get this guy out,

I'm naming my child Dale."

- And sure enough...

- Here it comes.

Strike three! A perfect game.

Not a man reaches first base.

No one has ever done this

in World Series history.

- Where do you start?

- Larsen's achievement was

an outstanding individual effort.

That really should be

not the Larsen perfect game.

It should be

the Larsen-Berra perfect game.

Larsen has pitched the perfect game,

but it's Yogi

who runs out and jumps into his arms.

We go through our entire lives...

Even someone as old as I am,

we go through our entire lives

as big kids.

Inside, we're kids.

And when Yogi leaps on Larsen,

what he's doing is he's acting

the way he would have

on Dago Hill when he was 12 years old.

It's a kid's game.

I don't think he ever lost sight of that.

And that was one of many things

that endeared him to people.

Strike three called.

Yogi has one of the greatest


...of personal and

team accomplishments

in the history of baseball.

In 1950, he batted .322

with 28 home runs, 124 RBIs,

and only 12 strikeouts.

That's un... Twelve strikeouts, bro?

I don't even think

I did that in Wiffle ball.

Typically, there's a correlation between

strikeout rate and home-run rate.

And it's amazing to think

that Yogi Berra strikes out 12 times

in a full-time year like that,

where he h*t 28 home runs.

You don't see that anymore,

and I'll go out on a limb

and predict you're never

gonna see that again.

For the next seven seasons,

from 1950 to 1956,

he won three MVPs,

finished second twice,

third once and fourth once.

If that doesn't tell you

he was a main anchor,

a cog in that Yankee team, nothing will.

I mean, he was it. Yogi was the guy.

And look at Berra,

piggyback-riding Bob Kuzava.

The Yankees,

for the fourth consecutive time...

Between 1949 and 1964,

the Yankees won

12 pennants in 14 seasons.

And between '49 and '53,

they won the World Series every ti me,

five years in a row.

Fifth consecutive world championship.

Then they turned around

and went back in '55, '56, '57, and '58.

So go figure, how good is that?

That's, if my math is correct,

nine times in ten tries.

During that seven-year stretch

from '50 to '56,

he was not only

the backbone of a Yankees team

that won five World Series rings,

he also averaged

.295 with 27 home runs,

108 RBIs,

and just 24 strikeouts per season.

There's a drive h*t deep to right field,

but it is going to go

all the way for a home run!

The four greatest living players

from 2015 averaged 1.5 MVP awards,

17.5 All-Star appearances,

and two World Series wins.

There is no doubt

that Yogi belongs in their company,

with three MVPs, 18 All-Star


...and ten World Series wins.

Hey, he got it done. He was a winner

'cause he had all the rings to prove it.

Ten World Series rings.

No one's ever gonna b*at that.

That's crazy.

It's difficult to comprehend

just how popular baseball was

in the 1950s,

which is when the crosstown rivalry

between the Dodgers and the Yankees

was at its peak.

Lo and behold,

the Dodgers sign Jackie Robinson.

And instantaneously,

most every person of color in the country

becomes a Dodger fan.

One of Dad's lessons growing up

was respecting the opposition.

And, you know, it didn't matter

who you were playing.

Jackie Robinson once told me

that when he came to h*t in a game,

Dad said to him:

"Thank you for your service

to the country.

And welcome to professional baseball."

Groundball now to Jackie Robinson.

Over to Reese for one, back to Hodges.

It gets away from him.

Berra's trying to go to second.

Hodges picks the ball up,

and Yogi goes into second base.

I don't know what I'm laughing about,

to tell you the truth, but Yogi,

to me, is as fine a clutch hitter

as I've ever seen in the game.

He does a tremendous job.

There's no Jackie

without the acceptance of Yogi Berra

and Ted Williams and Pee Wee Reese.

That amazing supporting cast

who didn't say no.

Game 1 of the 1955 World Series

brings Yogi and Jackie together

in one of the most iconic moments

in the history of the game.

They were behind,

and Jackie felt that he needed

to spark his team

in the most daring play in baseball,

the steal of home.

Whitey Ford,

the Yankee pitcher, ignores him.

But his desire bums as fiercely as ever.

Suddenly, Robinson is roaring

down the line.

Robinson dashes to the plate.

It's close.

And Umpire Summers calls him safe.

Yankee catcher Yogi Berra roars

in protest,

but Jackie Robinson has stolen home,

the most exciting moment

in World Series history.

Yeah, I think I broadcast that.

I did.

And, yeah, I can see

Yogi jumping up in the air, you know.

Thought he had him.

I thought that Jackie was out.

Yogi thought he was out.

But the umpire thought he was safe.

That's really all that counts, you know.

It looked like he was out to me

when they called him safe.

But Yogi went... That's the only time

I saw Yogi kind of went off.

He was all over that umpire.

I mean, he was safe, right?

They called him safe.

You can't change it.

There's no replay back then.

So, yeah, he's...

Yeah, no matter how you look at it,

he was safe.

I asked him once.

"Why didn't he throw you out

when you were just screaming,

the veins are popping,

and you're yelling and yelling?

And Yogi said, "He knew I was right."

He let it go on the field,

but certainly didn't let it go elsewhere

for the rest of his life.

Till the day he d*ed,

he knew Jackie was out.

He knew Jackie was out,

and he got volatile.

He's out. Just ask Yogi, right?

I mean, he told that story

year after year,

and you could get him going with it.

- Yogi.

- What?

- Robinson's steal...

- He's out.

- What?

- He's out.

All right, let's roll it, guys.

They wanna see it.

- Look at that.

- Your glove is up in the air.

Yogi, your glove is up here.

Oh, my God. No, forget about that.

Now, when you wanna get Yogi upset,

that was my point. That was...

"Yogi, I think he was safe."

And he'd look at me,

like, "Mariano, he was out."

"No, Yogi, I mean,

I'm looking at the video.

I think he was safe.

"He was out!"

I get... We used to...

He used to get mad at me too, man.

"Yogi, he was safe. He was safe."

And he used to go,

"Bullshit, Willie. Bullshit. He was out."

"Hey, Yog, I'm telling you,

I was watching MLB last night,

they broke it down."

- Safe!

- "And he was safe."

And he goes, "Bullshit. He was out."

Even to that,

he was just like, "Bullshit."

Right away. Instantly.

If I ever agreed with Yogi,

that'd have been no fun.

I couldn't agree with him.

Jackie was out.

- He was out.

- He was out.

There's no question about it. He was out.

Look at it frame by frame.

There's no other way to do it.

Because if you're looking at it

with your heart,

then you may say Yogi.

And in my view,

anyone who looks at it closely

can arrive at only one conclusion.

Jackie Robinson was safe.

Doggone it, he's out, I tell you.

Why, Berra had him cold.

You saw that play.

He had him cold, didn't he?

That collision at home plate became part

of the national conversation

because both men

had become cultural icons

who represented something much larger

than baseball.

Take me out to the ball game

Take me out with the crowd

Buy me some peanuts and

cr*cker Jack...

- Strike!

- What? Yogi.

It's a perfect strike. The ump was right.

I don't like sarcasm, Berra.

You're out of the game too.

You can't do that!

For it's one, two

Three strikes, you're out

At the old ball game

I think, ultimately, what happened

with my Grandpa Yogi is that

he plays these 18 amazing seasons

in the big leagues.

And he becomes

this funny-looking, little dude

who comes into the national

consciousness in another way.

Do you ever h*t home runs?


Are you in love with a movie star?

Have you played

several positions this year,

notably catcher and left field?

- Are you Yogi Berra?

- Yeah.

If there's a problem about Yogi,

it's perception.

Mantle was Elvis in pinstripes,

and Yogi was Sancho Panza.

I mean, that was...

He was this squat, little guy.

That's how people

became aware of Yogi.

Introducing the Yoo-hoos!

Advertisers amplified

Yogi's clown-like image

every chance they got.

Bottle caps for Yoo-hoo chocolate drink

bore a photo of Yogi

with the grammatically questionable

slogan "Me for Yoo-hoo."

There was a cat-food commercial

where Yogi has

a perfectly normal conversation

with a cat.

- Champ, you're in great shape.

- I like to keep fit.

Work out every day, gym, road work.

I think it's quite evident

that his personality

overshadowed his talent as a ballplayer.

The jokey Yogi, the cute Yogi,

the little gnome Yogi,

the character Yogi,

it always felt wrong.

It's not fair to him.

This was a really great player.

He was as great as any of them.

Mantle said to me several times:

"Well, he was the heart and soul

of our teams."

This image of Yogi as a lovable mascot,

like a cartoon character,

continued to grow until they decided

to just turn him

into an actual cartoon character.

This happens to be a true bear story.

This particular bear, called Yogi,

smart... Fairly smart.

It was, like, common knowledge

in my family that Yogi Bear

had been named after my grandfather.

Oh, no, I don't think

it was a coincidence at all.

- That's right.

- Yogi Bear.

Yogi Bear.

Now, where did it go?

Yogi Bear's

got an appetite for adventure.

Oh, Yogi.


I'm smarter than the average bear.

Well, when they made the Yogi Bear,

they actually tried

to get a civil suit against them.

Unfortunately, the judge ruled

that Yogi was not his real name.

He never trademarked his name.

It was a great cartoon show though.

I don't think Yogi liked it too much.

"I'm not a cartoon.

You know, they made me a cartoon."

Yogi Berra announced

his retirement as a player.

In 1964, Yogi was offered the chance

to manage a Yankees team

that was on the precipice

of a steep decline.

Key players like Mickey Mantle

and Whitey Ford were battling injuries,

and Elston Howard, whom Yogi had

mentored to replace him at catcher,

was nearing the end of his career.

I know all my ballplayers.

They're all a great bunch of fellas.

I know their habits and what they do

off the field and off the field.

I think it's a challenge for me,

and I wanna get a taste of it.

If I can't manage, I'll quit.

And if I could,

then we'll stick around a little longer.

Yogi was a very good manager.

You can't be funny and serious.

Just like you can't think and h*t

at the same time.

That's true.

A lot of the writers weren't quite

as enamored

with Yogi the manager

'cause they couldn't get

funny statements out of him

or because he couldn't be

the friendly Yogi, Yogi Bear.

When you first broke in with the Yankees,

the sportswriters made a big thing

about you reading comics

in the locker room.

Do you think this will fit in

with the Yankee image?

Well, I have one thing to say.

Every time I'd finish reading,

everybody else wanted to read them.

They all asked, "Let me see it after you."

Yogi was dealt a very difficult hand.

And remember, he was a manager,

but he was managing guys who, I think...

They were still, "Hey, Yog. Hey, Yog."

I think it was a problem

for a lot of people in the media

who thought there should be

some kind of chain of command

that you had to adhere to.

And with him, it was like,

"Hey, we're all in the dugout.

We're all pulling

from the same end of the rope."

And I think

that the media looked at Yogi as:

"This guy's not smart enough

to be a manager

because he doesn't look the part.

You've been saying that the Yankees

are gonna finish in first place.

Do you still feel that way?

I think so. I think they gotta catch us.

Yogi, as I recall, I don't think

you've been waved out

of any games by the umpires.

- You gonna get along with all the umps?

- I'll just let it ride right now.

You gonna get a little tougher, huh?

I don't know about a little tougher,

but you always can put

your two cents' worth in.

Yogi worked very hard

to sound like a manager.

His image suffered from it.

But at that point,

you think the Yankees had

a couple of old veteran players.

How do you control guys

that have been out of control

for a decade?

The Yankees didn't start off real well.

We were behind maybe

seven or eight games.

Went into a series

with the Chicago White Sox.

Yogi Berra paces the dugout impatiently.

We lost all four games.

We got on the bus

going out toward O'Hare Airport.

You could've heard a pin drop,

it was so quiet.

And finally, Phil Linz, who

hadn't played an inning in any game,

chose this ti me to learn

how to play his harmonica.

Someone says,

"Hey, Phil, what can you play?"

He says, "Well, I can play

'Mary Had a Little Lamb."'

And he started playing...

It's not that difficult.

Well, Yogi said, "Shut up back there."

"Shut up that noise back there."

So Phil then turned

to Mickey Mantle and said:

"What did he say?"

Mickey Mantle said,

He said play it louder. Play it louder."

And next thing,

you see Yogi coming down the aisle.

And he said, "I told you

to put that thing away."

And Phil freaks, and Joe Pepitone is

sitting to Phil's left,

and Phil just throws

the harmonica up in the air,

and Yogi swipes it

and hits Joe on the knee.

He said, "You hurt my knee!

You hurt my knee!"

It's like a sitcom.

Linz is fined. It's a big deal.

It's the back page

of the New York tabloids.

We're going to have

a harmonica solo tonight

by Mr. Phil Linz of the Yankees.


His first selection will be

"Who's Sorry Now?"

Basically, what the media says

about the harmonica incident,

when it came out in the paper, was:

"That's proof that Yogi does not

have control of this team."

Which is nothing further from the truth.

Or, "We don't think Yogi can manage.

Midway through the season,

our team is rolling.

We're cooking, we're in the pennant race.

Everybody's saying, "It's just luck.

Look at the team he has."

But there were a lot of moves

that he made that made a big difference,

and taking chances on some players

that some people might not normally

take a chance on.

Coincidence or not,

the Yankees then turn it around.

And we went on

to win 18 games in a row after that

and won the pennant.

And here, New York clinch

the American League pennant

on next-to-the-last day of the season.

Yogi Berra,

serving his first year as manager,

had a close call,

but came through in the end.

And here again are

the New York Yankees.

They've been in 15

of the last 18 World Series.

Yogi once again found a way

to defy all expectations

by leading a squad

of aging and injured Yankees

back to the World Series,

where they faced the upstart Cardinals

in what would become an epic battle.

Manager Johnny Keane seems relaxed

as he talks with reporters.

Manager Berra of the Yankees

keeps busy before the game.

Bob Gibson blazes a fastball

past hard-swinging Mickey Mantle.

Sometimes things happen,

and one instance can change

an entire series.

And there was one play, in my mind,

that totally changed that series.

Richardson goes far

to his right for a fine stop,

but the ball seems stuck in his glove.

He finally makes the toss,

but Linz drops the ball,

and Flood is safe at second base.

We should've won that series,

and I've told it before,

but if I hadn't made that error

that loaded the bases for Ken Boyer

to h*t the grand slam,

we'd have won that series too.

Boyer smashes it deep to left field.

It might be out of here. It is a home run!

A grand slam that's fair

by only five or six feet.

St. Louis hangs on to win

their first World Series since 1946.

Yogi took his team all the way

to Game 7 of the World Series

in his first year as manager.

So he was convinced the Yankees

were going to give him

a two-year contract extension.

But Ralph Houk had made up

his mind months ago

that he was going to f*re Yogi.

And so he did.

Yogi gets fired,

and Johnny Keane, who was

the manager of the Cardinals,

comes over to the Yankees.

And quite frankly, that put the Yankees

on the downward spiral.

I used to talk to Yogi about that,

and the way he would say it:

"I thought I was going in for a raise."

Behind the color

and the crowds of the World Series,

machinations worthy

of Machiavelli were in progress.

They had fallen six or seven games

behind in August.

Yankee management felt

that Yogi had lost control of the team,

and they decided then

that they were gonna f*re him.

What are you doing to Yogi?

You know, and it wasn't right.

You know, but he...

He took it like a man,

you know, but inside...

It had to be k*lling him. It had to be.

I called Yogi.

I talked to Carmen, his wife.

She said, "Yogi's upstairs crying.

He's so upset at losing the job

and maybe having to leave

the Yankees," and so forth.

But cellar dweller Stengel

had no complications.

He was re-signed,

and then came the news

that the Mets had hired Yogi,

who got a hefty severance check

from the Yanks.

Casey Stengel swooped in

and hired Yogi to help coach the Mets.

They were d*ad last in the league,

and Shea Stadium was considered

a place where careers went to die.

Casey was determined this year

that the Mets would not

fall below last place.

Excuse me, sir. Why are you a Mets fan?

I'm not.

Yes, out.

And outcomes Casey Stengel,

one of baseball's...

In 1968, we couldn't do anything right.

Yogi is our first-base coach,

but he's also the hitting coach.

Art Shamsky.

One day, I said to him,

"I'm really struggling. What should I do?"

He just simply said, "See it, h*t it.

I mean, you don't get

any more basic than that. He was right.

It's a pretty simple philosophy.

He really loved to mentor

younger players.

Nobody in baseball tries harder

than Ron Swoboda.

One time, Mets outfielder Ron Swoboda

said he was going to start using

the same batting stance

as Frank Robinson.

And Grandpa says, "No, no, no.

I don't think that's a good idea."

And he says, "if you can't imitate him,

don't copy him."

I think the thing is,

is he simplifies everything.

Sometimes you overanalyze

and you overthink,

and you hear something so simple as."

"Swing at a strike."

And you're like, "You know what?

I keep thinking about everything else,

but that really makes a lot of sense."

When Yogi joined the Mets,

they were losing over 100 games a year.

Ron Swoboda.

He helped turn them around,

and in 1969,

the Miracle Mets went on to win

100 games

and shock the baseball world

by winning the World Series,

giving Yogi his 11th ring.

- Amazing.

- It's amazing!

He saw a team that went from nowhere,

the lovable losers, for lack of

a better word, to winning a World Series.

Again, they... Somehow,

these World Series...

...follow my dad around like rabbits.

It's just an amazing thing.

Upon the death of Mets manager

Gil Hodges, Yogi's dear friend,

Yogi became the manager

of the Mets in 1972.

And in 1973,

he overcame the odds once again

to find himself in the middle

of a heated pennant race.

- Let's go with percentage, Tug.

- You wanna put him on?

- You do?

- Yeah. Go ahead. Go with the lefty.

The team's motto that year,

"Ya Gotta Believe,"

embodied the underdog nature

of Grandpa's persona.

The New York Mets are in first place!


the Mets managed to overcome

a 12.5-game deficit in July

to win the pennant,

which sent Yogi

back to the World Series again.

Yogi told the press,

"I never thought we were out of it.

You're not out of it

until it's mathematical."

It's this last bit, "You're not out of it

until it's mathematical,"

that ultimately evolved

into his most famous quote of all time:

"It ain't over till it's over.

The most amazing thing about this quote

is that there's no definitive proof that

he ever originated that exact phrase.

But it didn't matter because,

as with every other aspect of his life,

the myth outgrew the facts.

In 1973, George Steinbrenner

bought the Yankees.

They'd better represent themselves

like Yankees,

in the same pride and tradition

of the era, the past.

Three years later, in 1976,

he brought Yogi back as a coach.

And there is Yogi.

Reggie Jackson.

Long drive, right field, it is goodbye!

The Yankees had not been to a World

Series since Yogi was fired in 1964,

but as soon as he returned,

they reached the World Series

three years in a row.

Their 21st World Series!

For the 22nd time in

75 World Series,

the New York Yankees

are the champions.

Even though they won back-to-back

World Series titles in '77 and '78,

giving Yogi his 12th and 13th rings,

it was a tumultuous time

for the Yankee organization.

They were known as the Bronx Zoo,

...and it was Yogi

who helped keep the team

together when things

got out of hand.

Some of the Yankees' minds

weren't on tonight's game

when they came to town.

Reggie Jackson was still feuding

with manager Billy Martin.

He just took Reggie Jackson

out of the ball game,

and Jackson h*t

the top step of the dugout...

...and went flying right at

Billy Martin.

The people over there can see it.

Now people are climbing

on the dugout roof.

Now the police are down in the dugout

or along the dugout.

The Yankee dugout is

a caldron down there now.

When Reggie and Billy

go at it in Boston,

you know, who's pulling who away,

you know, and keeping a cool head?

They pushed, and they shoved.

They would fight. They would pout.

They were unhappy people,

of that there's no doubt.

They were willing

but tired and frustrated men.

- You're fired.

- Oh, not again.

AH set?

I guess you all know why you're here.

The manager of the New York Yankees

for 1984 will be Lawrence "Yogi" Berra.

And there is probably

no Yankee in the world

any more genuinely loved

or respected than Yogi.

Those who would say,

"Can he manage?"

Let me put this proposition to you.

He took the New York Yankees in one

year to an American League pennant,

and then, for some reason,

a change was made,

and they didn't win another thing

for 12 years until 1976.

Then he went to the Mets,

and he won a championship,

and for some reason,

a change was made,

and they haven't won

any pennants since.

So Yogi Berra is a very unique man.

Come on up here, Yogi.

Any ques...? Nobody can see me.

If I could get a box.

Is it all right?

Hey, boy, I'm tall now.

Two years. Two years.

That's long enough.

If you're any good,

you may get an extension.

Does that mean we'll win next season?

We're gonna have a pennant?

I achieved everything in baseball.

I got inducted into the Hall of Fame.

I've been voted

the most valuable player three times.

I won the pennant

with the Yankees and the Mets.

But there's one thing I haven't achieved,

win a World Series,

and I hope to do it this year, next year.

- No.

- Can I interrupt y'all?

"Yogi's back was the word about town.

Yogi Berra, who helped write

Yankee history through five decades,

was the man chosen

to find the winning pieces

that would put the Yankees

back on the track to the top.

Some pieces included well-known stars.

Others, unknown youngsters.

I mean,

you feel a total respect for Yogi,

a guy that everybody loved,

not because he was cute and funny,

it's because he was

good and he was real.

Fly ball, right center field.

Did he get all of it?

- Yeah, he got it.

- He got it!

And the Yankees have tied it up!

He's just a gentle, kind soul,

is why he's so loved.

And Yogi, a prophet in his own time.

It ain't over till it's over.

Look at Mattingly.

You could go 0-for-4 or 4-for-4,

you see him after the game,

it was always gonna be the same:

"How you doing, kid? Or...

He said to me one time, 'cause I was

a guy that liked to h*t a lot,

and I would h*t, and h*t,

and h*t extra, do all this stuff,

and he'd tell me, "You're gonna h*t

your way right into a slump."

It took me a while to take that in,

quite honestly,

but I understood

what he was saying probably years later.

I got traded to the Yankees in 1985.

Dad was the manager.

You're able to separate the family

from the manager's standpoint.

Is he a better guy

as a manager or a father?

Nah, he's good both ways.

He's always smiling, I give him that.

We had a good team,

but we got off to a rough start.

Griffey, and nobody can get it.

But there was never a doubt

that we were going to have

a long winning streak at some point.

Does the best moment managing ever

compare with the best moment playing?

Playing's the best. I like that.

This from the manager on the hot seat,

now with George Steinbrenner

breathing down his neck.

Don't worry about Yogi.

I tell you, Yogi is a survivor.

I said, "Yog, how's he treating you?"

He said, "Don't worry about it."

I said, Is he on you a lot?"

Here it comes.

He said, "We agree different."

You threw a pack of cigarettes

at George Steinbrenner?

- Wait a second.

- That's one time I lost my temper.

- So that happens.

- Right.

There is a Yogi watch that is being

conducted in New York, isn't it?

It's the tough job of the manager

under George Steinbrenner.

The players loved him.

Dad would talk after every loss and say."

"Don't worry. We'll get them.

This is too good a team.

We know we'll contend when it comes

down to it at the end of the year."

And we all knew it.

The Yankees got off to a slow start,

but Dale was playing

some of the best ball of his career,

batting .343 through the first 16 games.

And there's another h*t by Berra!

Then it all came to a screeching halt.

That's a sh*t up the middle.

A diving stop by Cruz! Over to Guillen...

The White Sox climbed above .500,

with a three-game wipeout

of slumping New York,

and that smash put the

Sox ahead to stay.

I go back into the clubhouse,

I see some players crying.

And I'm like, "What happened here?"

And Don Baylor says,

"They fired your dad."

I said, "What?"

What did George say to you?

How did you find out?

George didn't say anything.

Clyde King told me.

The indignity of it. He asks an assistant

to go tell Yogi Berra,

who contributed as much

to the Yankees as any man ever,

maybe as much or more than Babe Ruth,

and sends an assistant to f*re him.

What'd he say?

What'd he say? I was dismissed.

How's Dale taking this? Did you

and he have a chance to talk at all?

Oh, yeah, I talked to him today,

and I said, "You gotta keep playing."

They got a good manager in Billy Martin.

Billy's my friend.

- What do you think about it?

- What do I think about...?

There's not much to think about it.

Well, Dad asked if he could ride

on the team bus to the airport

and sit in his manager's spot,

where he always sat.

And we stopped,

and as he stood up to leave,

the entire bus got up,

gave him a standing ovation

as he was gonna go home.

Now, you know, that...

Don't think that's ever

happened before in sports.

What's the reaction of the players?

Well, the players liked Yogi.

How are they going to react to Billy,

it remains to be seen.

It angered a lot of guys.

I think that lack of respect is

what caused the anger.

What is that? What do you call that?

You just turning him out to the pasture?

I mean, that was no pride, tradition.

That wasn't respect.

Many, like team leader Willie Randolph,

felt the move wasn't really necessary.

I don't think the change is gonna be

a sh*t in the arm or anything like that.

I don't think we need that. We

just need a few breaks here and there.

We could've done that with Yogi.

We were shocked and upset.

We were mad, really.

We were upset

because he didn't deserve that.

And we really felt genuinely sorry

for the fact that he lost his job

because we didn't get off to a good start.

It was...

It was heartbreaking to see

that man walk away like that, you know,

and treated like that, really,

because of who he was.

He was the Yankees.

I don't care what they say about

other guys. He was the Yankees.

For his...

Not just 'cause he could play ball.

'Cause he was part of the thread.

And you can't treat people

like they're serfs.

It was the biggest mistake

that George Steinbrenner ever made

in the baseball game,

and certainly with the New York Yankees,

because people loved Yogi Berra.

Steinbrenner should have

his head examined.

He never knows

whether he's coming or going.

Billy Martin equals him.

They deserve one another.

I've never liked Billy Martin.

I don't like George Steinbrenner either.

I am a fan of Yogi's though.

How do you like that?

Steinbrenner fired him.

It's like f*ring Winnie-the-Pooh,

for crying out loud.

It took a lotto make Yogi mad,

but the way his f*ring went down

made him furious,

and he swore he'd never return

to Yankee Stadium

as long as Steinbrenner was in charge.

He didn't tell me I was fired.

He sent somebody else to get fired,

and I didn't like that.

Said, "I'M never go back

to Yankee Stadium."

I would very much like Yogi

to come back. Very much.

- He feels you went back on your word.

- Oh, yeah? I don't want to...

You said he was there for 162 games,

and 16 and he was out.

Yeah, well...

If he feels I did that to him,

I apologize, but I can't...

Do you have regrets over that decision?

If that's accurately stated,

definitely have it.

Do you have regrets

over f*ring Yogi Berra after 16 games?

I have regrets

over letting a lot of people go.

But what about Yogi?

After that, I didn't have

any memories of Yankee Stadium

because we just didn't go.

Grandpa was so separated

from this team

that he'd been

so involved with his entire life.

Three boys and eight grandchildren

live near their home in Monte/air.

But for many years,

Yogi was on the road.

The Yankees tried to lure Yogi back

by dedicating a plaque to him

in Monument Park.

I'll never come back to the stadium again.

- As long as he's there?

- Yeah.

Yankees win! The Yankees win!

When we won

the World Series in '96, I called Yogi,

and I said, "Yogi, you think

you could come out to the stadium

to present me with my

World Series ring?"

And he was touched,

and he told me, he said:

"But, no, I'm not gonna go there."

Like, Uncle Yogi was a nice guy,

but don't get him mad.

He did not step foot in Yankee Stadium.

He didn't talk to anybody.

He was loved

by so many people in this country.

Not to have him around

a ballpark was crucial.

You know, you need him there, okay?

But he's not gonna go to the park.

So if we can't have him at the park, then

we need to have him somewhere else.

Let's put him on TV.

Travels with Yogi Berra,

brought to you by Amtrak.

This train is so comfortable,

you don't have to concentrate on relaxing.

Now I just make Stove Top.

He spent a lot of time in exile

making commercials.

You can taste how good they are

just by eating them.

"Mr. Berra, will you sign my ball?"

- Mr. Berra, will you sign my ball?

- Sure.

Hey, I like these sneakers.

I said, "Who's the commercial for?"

He says, "Amtrak."

I said, "Okay." Well, it was Aflac.

Not too close.

What do you think, I got that insurance?

- What insurance is that, Yogi?

- Aflac.

The one you really need to have.

If you don't have it,

that's why you need it.

- Need what?

- Aflac.

Classic, that's one

of the greatest commercials ever.

If you get hurt and miss work,

it won't hurt to miss work.

I used to catch baseballs.

Now I'm pitching beers.

You see the one

with the Miller Lite that's got...

Jason Alexander is one of the guys in it.

He's talking about,

if it's less filling..."

It's less filling than it would've been,

if it was more filling

than they didn't want it to be.

If it had more calories

than it didn't have in the first place.

You couldn't write it any better.

But I figured it was easy for Dad to do

because that's the way

he would talk anyway.

Yogi's been an inspiration to me.

Not only because of his baseball skills,

but of course for the enduring mark

he left on the English language.

The Yogi-isms.

Let's talk about the Yogi-isms.

Yogi Berra has eight entries

listed in the latest edition

of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.

That's more

than any living American president.

A Yogi-ism is something that may appear

to not make sense but actually does.

- "You can observe a lot by watching"?

- You can.

- I've watched a lot.

- Yeah?

Like Yogi Berra said,

"Dja vu all over again."

It's when Maris and Mantle h*t

the home runs, back-to-back.

What you hear them say or what you

read doesn't make sense at first,

and then it makes perfect sense.

It is contradictory within itself

and gorgeous.

"When you get to a fork in the road,

take it." Well, that's... What?

Well, there's usually two ways to go,

but he's saying,

take the one that's the best one.

I think.

He lived at the back end of,

like, a curved drive.

This is the actual fork in the road

Yogi was talking about.

It's right near his home

in Monte/air, New Jersey.

No matter which way you went,

you could wind up at his house.

- "90 percent of the game is half mental."

- That's right.

- That doesn't strike you odd?

- No.

What's it mean?

I really don't know. I just say it.

I don't even know I say them.

I don't know. I can't say them.

My kids could catch me right away.

Mom said, "You're lost, Yogi."

He said,

"Yeah, but we're making good time."

He said, "The only reason I'm wearing

these gloves is 'cause of my hands."

They all made sense though.

Just like he said, "Nobody goes to that

restaurant anymore. It's too crowded."

"It's at Biggie's restaurant,

and nobody goes there anymore.

It's too crowded," means his crowd.

"I don't go to restaurants

because it's too crowded."

It's a wonderful thing.

My favorite Yogi-ism,

and I hope it's authentic:

"Always go to your friends' funerals.

Otherwise, they won't go to yours.

Who can dispute the wisdom of that?

I love all of the Yogi stuff,

and I long ago ceased to wonder which

are genuine and which are made-up.

Actually, I made up some Yogi-isms.

- Should I talk about that?

- Yeah, sure.

"The other guys are only

a figment of their imaginations."

That was one that I wrote. But anyway...

We worked on a lot of projects with him,

including several TV commercials.

Who says Yoo-hoo's just for kids?

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People often ask what made him

such a great pitchman,

and I think it was because

he was so genuine.

"Whatever you do, don't get too

caught up in whatever you're doing."

I'm not sure if I wrote that or he did.

I'd spend so much time on the script

that I really don't know what I wrote

in his voice versus what he did.

One of the Yogi-isms is,

"I didn't say everything I said."

And I think a lot of them

were made up by media.

I think Joe Garagiola embellished

a lot of them.

Free to deny it, but I've heard that

you used to write some of his material.

I didn't write it.

I might have made up some of it,

but not all of it.

"Oh, boy, do I got a headache."

No, I think that was mine, not his.

The ones that are fake, to me, at least,

are immediately obvious as fakes

because they're just kind of silly,

stupid things.

If they didn't make sense,

they weren't true.

They weren't Yogi-isms.

- The Yogi-isms, they all made sense.

- Right. And I believe that.

I think one of the quotes

that is most, perhaps,

psychologically revealing about Yogi is:

"if you can't imitate him,

don't copy him."

You develop an understanding

of who you are first.

And that's the most important thing.

The other things that other players do

are not necessarily for you.

If it's not gonna work for you,

you gotta know yourself.

And what he's encouraging

is more self-awareness.

"When you come

to a fork in the road, take it."

You're talking about baseball, but you're

also talking about life, aren't you?



Being able to take something

that's really complex

and boil it down into its simplest terms,

so that other people can understand it.

And I think that's exactly

what Yogi was able to do.

You know, anyone who ever thought

he wasn't smart missed out.

He was so wise.

Not just about what pitch to call,

'cause he did call the perfect game

and ten world championships.

He was wise about life.

I think he was a genius.

I think he was a genius person.

Now it's my turn. I want to give some of

my favorite advice to the graduates.

First, never give up

because it ain't over till it's over.

We could look at the way

he used his language

and we could say, "That's silly."

But once we say, "That's silly,"

we give it a second thought and we say:

"He's right.

He's telling us something that's true."

During the years ahead, when you come

to the fork in the road, take it.

And the language doesn't tell us that.

He's telling us that, without using

the language we think he ought to use.

That makes us think.

And then we realize the truth is in him,

not in his words.

Yo, guys, there's Yogi.

- Yo...

- Gi.


Even though he was having fun

making all of those commercials...

Who the heck is this guy, Phil Harmonic?

...I know it was tough for him

to be away from the Yankees.

But he stood firm, and as always,

Grammy Carmen stood right there

by his side.

She was his rock.

She still had a big crush on him.

You could see it. You could just...

They were so cute together.

When someone asked him about

Carmen, another Yogi-ism was born.

He said, "We have a good time together,

even when we're not together."

- I bet that made sense to you, huh?

- Yeah, absolutely.

I know exactly what he means by that.


He's happy to be away

from me for a while,

...but he can't wait until

he gets home.

The best thing about having

Grandpa around

was that he was able to spend

more time with his family.

I'm the oldest of his 11 grandkids,

and I know I speak for all of us

when I say

we'll cherish those years we had

with him for the rest of our lives.

But it wasn't just his grandkids

who needed him.

His boys needed him too.

'82, '83, and '84, I was one of the

best shortstops in the National League.

I should've got better every year.

And it was during those years

where I started to use cocaine,

and I started to miss too much sleep.

There was more testimony

about big-league drug abuse

and more players implicated

at the baseball cocaine trial

in Pittsburgh Monday.

Dale Berra said he used cocaine

in the Major Leagues,

in the Minors, even in Spring Training.

Berra said he bought cocaine

from Curtis Strong.

He shared cocaine with other Pirates.

He also said he got cocaine

from the man inside this uniform,

the Pittsburgh Parrot.

Yankee manager Billy Martin says

he's the one

who warned Yogi of Dale's drug use.

Reached at home,

Yogi had no comment.

I knew something was gonna change,

and I knew something was different

the second he said, "Get on up here."

And when I went up to the house,

I saw my brother's car is out in front.

Oh, yeah. It was a tough time for my dad.

I felt bad for my dad. I really did.

I felt bad for him,

but he handled it really well.

It was hard, I mean,

but it had to be done.

We had to, finally,

because he might have d*ed.

He might have k*lled himself.

He simply said to me that:

"I'm not gonna be your father anymore,

and your two brothers sitting over there

aren't gonna be your brothers anymore.

And your mom in the kitchen

isn't gonna be your mom anymore

if you continue upon the same path.

You're gonna have to make a choice,

and you're gonna have to make it now."

And it was right then,

in that five-second... span,

where I knew that I had been struck

with some kind of a gift from heaven,

a lightning bolt.

You can say whatever you want.

But I knew from that second on,

I was never going to have another drug

or a drink again the rest of my life.

Listen, I played ten years

at the elite level, and I'm proud of that,

but I should've been better.

I had the talent to be an All-Star

and I know it.

This book is about family.

It's about how the love for family

saved me from myself,

with a powerful intervention

that changed my life.

And I'm proud to say...

I'm 27 years sober,

going on three decades.

People who were very, very close

to Yogi all wanted him back.

I think, as the years went on, he just

decided that he wasn't gonna go back,

no matter what gimmicks,

no matter what people were saying.

When are you gonna please come back

to the Yankees' Old-Timers' Game?

We'd love to see you.

Yogi, by the way,

for the benefit of viewers,

does not go back to

Yankee Stadium... long as George Steinbrenner

owns the team.

No, I don't think so.

I don't know when I'm going back yet.

I don't know.

Why not, Yogi?

I always got something to do

on Old-Timers' Day.

Oh, Yogi.

All he wanted was an apology from

George. That's all it took.

He was never gonna go back.

If it weren't for Yankee icon

Joe DiMaggio.

I became very close to Joe D.

In his final years.

And more than once

he mentioned to me:

"You gotta get him back.

You gotta get him back."

It weighed on him,

the relationship that had been severed.

He was a bridge from the DiMaggio-era

players into the Mantle-era players.

Nobody represented the Yankees

better than Yogi Berra.

George Steinbrenner was a complicated

and sometimes polarizing man,

but, for sure, George Steinbrenner

had great regard for Yankee history.

And it's the deepest history

of any team in baseball.

You can't write a history of the

New York Yankees without Yogi Berra.

And George Steinbrenner, who himself

could be stubborn, realized this.

You can't have Yogi Berra

excommunicated from the Yankees.

But it took Suzyn Waldman,

one of the radio voices of the Yankees,

to bring the two of them together.

So the program director at WFAN

had called me and said:

"Yogi Berra's opening a museum.

Wouldn't it be great

if George and Yogi made up on the air?"

I said, "That'd be good.

That'll happen." Click.

I didn't know Yogi.

My loyalty was to Mr. Steinbrenner.

I owe Mr. Steinbrenner a lot.

"George, I wanna talk to you about Yogi."

And he said, "What's wrong?"

As soon as he said, "What's wrong?"

I said, "Okay, go for it.

He wants you to apologize."

And he'd say, "What does

he want me to apologize for?"

I said, "I don't know, George.

What did you do?"

He said, "Well, I had him fired." I said,

"Well, there's gotta be something else."

He knew exactly what it was.

Suzyn called me

and said that George is...

...willing to come to the

Yogi Berra Museum,

look at Yogi in the eye,

shake his hand and say,

"I made a mistake and I apologize."

He said, "Like hell!"

He goes, "I don't want him in our

museum, and I don't want him here.

I ain't going back."

So that night comes, and I'm there,

and I'm pacing around,

and I remember Tim Berra saying to me:

"Suzyn, why are you standing

behind a pillar?"

I said, "I'm just thinking about my career

going up in smoke if this doesn't work.

Yogi went to the door and let George in,

there's George, Yogi says, "You're late."

George said, "I'm not late." And then

they went into a room and had their chat.

They started yelling. I heard yelling.

I heard George yelling.

And I saw Carm go in the room,

and all of a sudden, the voices stopped.

She wanted this reconciliation,

and she wasn't gonna let

somebody's ego get in the way.

He said, "Yogi,

I just want to tell you that

I know I've made a lot of mistakes

in baseball,

and letting you go in that manner

was one of them."

And Yogi says, "That's all right, George.

I've made a lot of mistakes

in baseball too.

So let's make up and be friends."

Mr. Steinbrenner,

you remember Mr. Berra.


Mr. Berra, you remember

Mr. Steinbrenner.

Steinbrenner finally told Yogi

he was sorry.

And I apologized to him,

and I just hope he can

accept my apology.

- It's over.

- It's over. Yeah, it's behind us.

In the words of Yogi,

it ain't over till it's over, but it is.

Yes, sir. It finally happened

after nearly 14 years.

Yogi and George together again.

But now he'll be back.

Welcome back to Yankee Stadium.

The pregame ceremonies are about

ready to begin here on Yogi Berra Day.

Ladies and gentlemen, Yogi Berra!

And Yogi Berra is back.

This is going to be a special treat, Tim,

because it looks like

Yogi Berra is coming out,

and Don Larsen is going out,

and Larsen will throw out

the first pitch of this game

in commemoration of 1956,

when Larsen pitched his perfect game,

the only one ever pitched

in World Series history.

Hello. Go out there, Yogi.

Go out there and jump on him.

Go ahead. No?

I said, "Do you wanna catch

with the little glove?"

He's like, "No, that's too small."

I said, "Well, would you bless

my glove today?"

So I gave him my glove,

he caught the first pitch.

Perfect. Perfect.

This is absolutely perfect.

And it has been a perfect day today.

Then we sat and watched the game.

Usually, I'm gone

after three or four innings.

But as time went on,

they made us both stay.

Swing and a miss, strike three.

We both stayed and watched him do

his marvelous performance.

Nine up, nine down,

and Cone already has five strikeouts.

Another easy inning for Cone.

Popped up. Girardi.

What a play by Girardi!


Nineteen in a row.

Got him!

Twenty in a row!

- Can't happen, can it, Suzyn?

- No, it can't.

- No way. Come on!

- Why not?

Now, that would be

the coincidence of coincidences.

I mean, my gosh!

Hard... Knoblauch!

Two outs!

Oh, boy! Oh, boy!

Popped up and playable. Brosius!

David Cone has a perfect game.

Who better to bring in

but a man who pitched

the perfect game to Yogi Berra,

here on Yogi Berra Day?

I've always said that there's ghosts

in Yankee Stadium

because it seems like

just strange things happen all the time.

And for there to be a perfect game

on Yogi Berra Day,

it doesn't make a lot of sense.

You know what I mean?

But some things happen for a reason

and that was one of them.

But I'll never forget that day.

Yogi Berra.

He was back with the Yankees.

He was back in baseball.

He'd be at the stadium

on an absolute regular basis.

I had fun with Jeter.

Sometimes, he strikes out

on that ball up there,

and I'd get on him, I'd say,

"What do you swing at that ball for?"

He says, it looks good."

He said, "You used to swing at it."

I said, "But I h*t it. You don't."

We used to go back and forth.

He used to always tease me because,

you know, he won ten championships.

And, you know, I told Yogi:

"Really, in this day and age,

it's more like five

because there's more teams

and there's expanded playoffs, so..."

And he looked at me and he said,

"You can come over to my house

and count the rings any time you want."

So that ended the conversation.

A man that was so talented

and so good at what he did

had the ability to make you feel

like he was your grandfather.

We all lit up

when he came to the ballpark.

Yogi Berra!

What I loved about Old-Timers' Day...

It's not so much anymore

'cause a lot of those people are gone.

...if you look into the stands,

people are telling their little kids

who these people are.

That's baseball.

You can see them,

they point, "See that guy?"

And it only happens for the great ones.

When he came back,

all was right in the Yankee world again.

He would often times be up in our box,

with Carmen, his beloved wife.

What a marriage,

unbelievable, that they had.

And he was just always very humble,

always very kind.

He was just class.

A ten-time world champion,

Yogi Berra!

The last time I saw Yogi, it was...

I believe it was at his museum.

Carmen took my arm,

and we were walking.

And Yogi was in front, and

Carmen says to me, "Joe, I love you."

I said:

I said, "Yogi's right there."

She says, "He can't hear anyway.

Don't worry about it."

It was... It was so adorable, those two.

It was priceless.

But they were deeply in love.

This one says,

"Darling, when I'm around you,

I'm always in the mood for love.

I love you so much."

"Darling, you said I won't have

any time to miss you.

What do you mean?

I do miss you, always.

I am always thinking about you.

That's enough of that.

If you had bet me a million dollars,

I wouldn't have taken the bet

that Grammy would go before Grandpa.

I remember the last time he saw Mom.

He... We were all together.

And I can't do it.

Mom's final day.

Dad was not doing great.

He got down to Mom's room

and saw Mom in the bed.

And he got up out of his wheelchair,

and all of a sudden,

in his voice

from when he was 25 years old:

"Hey, Carm, come on.

Let's get out of here and have a drink."

And my mom looked at him

and just said, "Okay, Yogi."

And she smiled.

That was the last smile I saw her have.

And she d*ed that night.

I know there was a big chunk of Yogi...

that when Carmen passed,

that, you know,

a part of him d*ed at that time.

I said, "Dad, you know,

you're gonna go see Mom.

You're not gonna be in pain anymore.

You're gonna see

all your buddies up there."

He goes, "You wanna get rid of me?

Why don't you go up there and see her

if you want this that bad, huh?"

That was literally

one of the last things he said to me.

His mind wasn't as clear

as it could have been.

And to see

your parents fade away is tough.

I keep seeing them as younger people.

When they fade away,

it's hard to get it into your system.

It's tough to do.

Yogi lived the life

that we're supposed to live as men,

and I always looked

at what he was doing.

At the end of the classic film

It's a Wonderful Life,

someone says,

"No man is a failure who has friends."

Yogi had a world of friends,

who either knew him or didn't know him,

you felt like he was your friend.

I think he still represents

an age of innocence, if you will.

A more innocent era,

America as a better place.

Maybe it wasn't for African Americans.

It wasn't for women, necessarily.

But something in his generation

always strove

to make it better for everybody.

It's fitting that he's there with Jackie,

so they can argue into eternity

as to who was safe or who was out.

In every respect,

the proof is in the final results.

The statistics are there.

The achievements are there.

His standing with his peers,

and with the public,

and his personal life,

a long, loving marriage,

the depth of the friendships,

his children and grandchildren,

this is what you hope for.

From day one,

this is something like what you hope,

in one way or another,

your own life will turn out like.

That's success.

Fans, let's hear it one more time

for these four icons of the game:

Bench, Aaron, Koufax, and Mays.

We lost Grandpa just a few months

after that 2015 All-Star Game.

The Associated Press

announced his passing... saying that

Yogi Bear had d*ed.

I can't tell you how frustrating it is

that all that's left for most people

is this cartoon image of my grandpa.

A baseball card just came out

that makes him look like some sort of

animal, baby thing

sitting on a log in the woods,

while the same set of cards has

Johnny Bench looking like a superhero.

This is a guy who volunteered

to fight in World w*r ll

when he already had

a Yankee contract in his hands.

And then he gets injured

on D-Day in Normandy,

but declines to file

his Purple Heart paperwork

because he doesn't

want his mom to worry.

We all felt

that he deserved to be honored,

and so we asked the Navy

if there was anything we could do

to prove he was injured during the w*r.

And the Department of the Navy

tells me to "go on social media"

and find "a witness" to the event.


Grandpa was on a rocket boat in 1944.

If anyone on that boat is still alive,

they're pushing 100 years old.

I'm sure

I'll find them on Instagram, right?

We also took aim

at the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

It's the highest civilian honor

our country gives

in recognition

of contributions to the nation.

To get the president to consider my

grandfather for the Medal of Freedom,

we had to get 100,000 signatures

in an online petition within 30 days.

Yeah, it was impossible.

Why the overlooking of Berra?

You'd think this would be a no-brainer.

Why has no president

given him this award?

I think it's almost

because he's too famous.

He was a wonderful person.

He was a guy who,

when my father stepped

on the field for the first time

as the first Black in the

American League,

...treated him with

respect as an equal.

And my father never forgot that.

He saw that I was

the first African American manager

in New York baseball history.

He wanted me to do well.

He became an LGBT rights activist

with Athlete Ally later in life.

Talk about progressive thinking.

Yogi embodies a philosophy of allyship,

a philosophy of making

outsiders insiders.

It really was natural, then, to ask Yogi

if he would consider becoming

an Athlete Ally ambassador.

It was amazing

to have Yogi stand up and say:

"This is what I believe in.

This is what is right."

That is, to this day,

going to change people's lives

and is gonna save people's lives.

You have until tomorrow

to sign the petition

to get Yogi Berra

the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

On the last day of the petition,

we only have about 60,000 signatures.

I said, "We need 40,000 by the end

of the day." And I'm like, "All is lost."

So if you want him to,

today is your day to sign that petition.

He deserves this honor too.

I feel like I kind of missed the mark,

and I fell short

for somebody who'd never fallen short

for anyone in his life.

This makes me very sad.

But we still have six hours left,

so I start tweeting

at every celebrity I can think of

who has ever attended a

Yankees game.

Alicia Keys, Spike Lee,

Billy Crystal, Robin Williams.

And it gets "YogiMedal" trending

on Twitter within about 25 minutes.

With an hour left to go,

we're still short 12,000 signatures.

But we never gave up.

Welcome to the White House,


What can be said about

Lawrence "Yogi" Berra

that he couldn't say better himself?

The son of an Italian bricklayer,

they called him Yogi because

he sat like one while waiting to bat.

And he was born to play baseball.

But he loved his country,

and at 18, he left St. Louis for the Navy,

and ultimately found himself

on Omaha Beach.

After he returned,

Yogi embarked on a career

that would make him

one of the greatest catchers of all time.

Nobody's won more than this guy.

And he coached the game

with as much heart as he played it.

He lived his life with pride and humility,

and an original, open mind.

One thing we know for sure,

if you can't imitate him, don't copy him.

When I got there with Lindsay,

I was overwhelmed.

My father's being honored

by the United States of America.

You know, I was proud to be

a Major League ballplayer

and proud to be a Yankee.

A lot of good things have

happened to me

since I first put on the pinstripes

over 50 years ago.

I got married to Carm

and raised a wonderful family.

I played on great teams,

great championship teams,

and the Yankees

also became my family.

Well, I wanna thank you all,

making me feel right at home.

God bless you. Thank you.

Yogi! Yogi! Yogi!

Yogi! Yogi! Yogi!

Yogi! Yogi! Yogi!

So this is my bed and breakfast.

This is the place

where Yogi grew up and was born in.

The name of it is Berra's Beginnings

'cause it all started here in this home.

This is my memorabilia case.

The guests love it. They take

pictures and think it's awesome.

And people are loving staying here

in the childhood home of Yogi Berra.

We are getting word of a US Airways

plane crash in the Hudson River.

Tourist ferries have it surrounded.

One of the ferries that

carries people...

...from New Jersey

to New York, you know,

is actually named after my grandfather.

We got to break the champagne bottles

over the hull of the boat.

It was christened the Yogi Berra.

But it was one of the ferry boats

that they used to pull the survivors

of the Sully plane landing

in the Hudson River.

So it was a nice full-circle moment

for Yogi Berra, the boat.

We've had a miracle on 34th Street.

I believe now we've had

a miracle on the Hudson.

This is actually a bigger event for me

than most people think.

I was a stamp collector for years.

What a great honor for the Berra family.

We are so proud.

When I was younger,

I asked one of my teachers:

"How does my father get on a stamp?

And he goes, "Larry, you better wait

because he has to be d*ad."

God bless you, Mom.

She would be so proud.

Hey, Yogi, it ain't over.

As Yogi used to say, it ain't over.

- It ain't over.

- It ain't over till it's over.

Well, buddy, I'm back at Spring Training.

It's 25 years.

Everybody down here misses you.

Me, more so.

Hey, Yogi, it ain't over.

It ain't over till it's over.

You were right.

Lawrence Peter Berra, a life well lived.

It ain't over.

It ain't over.

It ain't over,

and it'll never be over, actually.

Ten World Series, MVPs, All-Stars.

Listen, the mark you left

on this world was epic.

Miss you, brother.

Just remember, it ain't over.

Yogi, it was a privilege

to watch you play,

and it was a blessing to know you.

And even though you're long gone,

it ain't over till it's over.

You're more than just a mentor.

You are a friend of mine.

So it ain't over.

We haven't forgotten you.

You meant so much to me in my life.

And I tell my friends all the time

what you meant to me.

What a wonderful teammate,

all those years.

My whole career was with you,

as a player and you as my manager.

And I just want you to know

that I love you.

I love you. Always will love you.

And it ain't over.

Thank you, Yogi.

Thank you for everything.

Thank you for being you

because that's quite special.

You and Carmen were an example

for all of us

how we're supposed to live life.

And I'm extremely grateful

that I got to know you.

And it's not over, Yogi.

It ain't over till it's over.

I wish you could all apply it

to your life.

It ain't over till it's over.

But I'm pretty sure,

checking the clock, this is now over.

You could use me last.

I'm not saying I'm lobbying for that.

I'm just saying, there's your option.

I'm trying to help you out.

It's over.
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