Yogi Berra Dead At 90: Sports Stars, Celebrities React And Pay Tribute
Yogi Berra, one of the greatest baseball players of all time died on Tuesday, and now sports stars and celebrities are paying tribute.
Beloved on and off the field, the Hall of Fame catcher won 10 World Series with the New York Yankees and went on to become a manager for the Yanks and New York Mets. He was known for his “Yogisms,” sayings that became endlessly quotable. And despite declining health, he remained a fixture at the Yankees’ annual Old Timer’s Day.
Sadly, Berra died of natural causes Tuesday at age 90. Now many are taking to social media to mourn the loss, which comes as the 2015 regular baseball season is winding down. The Yankees tweeted as the news broke, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of a Yankees legend and American hero, Yogi Berra.” President Obama later wrote, “Yogi Berra was an American original — a Hall of Famer, jovial prophet, & a humble veteran. We’ll miss you, Yogi, but your legacy ain’t over.”
Retired Yankee Bernie Williams tweeted, “What a Beautiful Man…What A Beautiful Spirit. Celebrate the Life of Yogi Berra Today.” NBA icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote on Facebook, “I used to tease Yogi Berra about the 1955 World Series when I would see him at card shows. I always would say Jackie was clearly safe & Yogi would say he was out and we would laugh about it. I’ll miss him – he was a good friend, pinstripes and all.”
“The world’s gonna miss you, Yogi,” tweeted Ellen DeGeneres. Noted Yankees fan Billy Crystal wrote, “Amazing player,Amazing man An American treasure an honor to have known him.” Tim McGraw referenced his late father, saying, “So sad to hear of the passing of #YogiBerra. Our thoughts are with his family… Say hello to Tugger, Yogi!”
Josh Elliott wrote on Twitter, “RIP Yogi Berra: 15-time All-Star, 10-time World Series champ, 3-time MVP…and one of the truly great interviews in sports history. Legend.” Seth Rogen noted, “I don’t know much about sports, but Yogi Berra was always my favorite baseball player because he was a comedic genius.” And former Yankee Nick Swisher said, “We lost a legend, an icon, but most importantly I lost my grandfather. My heart is with the Berra family.”
Michael Chiklis shared, “Met Yogi Berra over breakfast at a charity event in the 90’s. He regaled us with stories for an hour. Most down to earth superstar ever. RIP.” Greg Grunberg posted, “R.I.P. #YogiBerra ‘It ain’t over til it’s over.'” Artie Lange remarked, “Who isn’t hoping Yogi Berra is in Baseball Heaven joyfully telling Ty Cobb there’s a black President! Go get em Yogi. Miss you already.” And a stunned Martha Plimpton expressed, “OMG. No way.”
“Though born in a hard-scrabble St. Louis neighborhood, Yogi Berra was NY all the way: plain spoken, funny, hard working & a real team player,” said New York Senator Chuck Schumer. Meanwhile, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg posted, “The future ain’t what it used to be. We’ll miss you, Yogi – thanks for bringing so much joy to our city.”
A number of MLB teams also tweeted tributes to the late legend. The Boston Red Sox, for instance, posted, “We send our deepest condolences to Yogi Berra’s family and to @Yankees. Our game – and our rivalry – has lost an icon.” TELL US: Were you a Yogi Berra fan?