By Harvey Araton
"How do you want to hang around with Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry in the course of spring education? humorous and candy, Driving Mr. Yogi transports you there." — Jim Bouton, writer of Ball 4
It occurs each spring. Yankees pitching nice Ron Guidry arrives on the Tampa airport to select up corridor of status catcher and nationwide treasure Yogi Berra. Guidry drives him to the ballpark. They watch the younger gamers. They speak store. They consume dinner jointly and tease one another mercilessly. They exchange tales concerning the greats they've got met alongside the way in which. And tomorrow they do an identical factor in all places again.
As each former ballplayer can take pleasure in, in that regimen, each spring, there emerges a undeniable magic.
Driving Mr. Yogi is the tale of the way a special friendship among a glass and catcher is renewed each year. it all started in 1999, whilst Berra was once reunited with the Yankees after a protracted self-exile, the results of being unceremoniously fired through George Steinbrenner fourteen years prior to. A reconciliation among Berra and the Boss intended that Berra may attend spring education back. Guidry befriended "Mr. Yogi" immediately. in spite of everything, Berra were a mentor within the clubhouse again whilst Guidry used to be pitching for the Yankees. Guidry knew the younger gamers would get advantages enormously from Mr. Yogi's encyclopedic wisdom of the sport, simply as Guidry had in the course of his taking part in days. So he inspired him to proportion his insights. quickly, an offhand batting tip from Mr. Yogi grew to become Nick Swisher's season round. tales approximately dealing with a hitter like Ted Williams or catching Don Larsen's ideal online game captured their imaginations. And in Yogi, Guidry chanced on not only an elder better half or resource of entertainment — he came upon a most sensible friend.
At turns soft, at turns laugh-out-loud humorous, and teeming with unforgettable baseball yarns that span greater than fifty years, Driving Mr. Yogi is a common tale in regards to the significance of knowledge being handed from one new release to the subsequent, in addition to a reminder that point is what we make of it and compassion by no means will get previous.
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