The 85-year-old Yogi Berra still attends the Yankees’ spring training base in Tampa, Florida. He put back on his uniform with the No. 8 and checked into the same hotel and the same room near the George M. Steinbrenner Field this past Tuesday. During his three- to four-week stay that he’s done for the past dozen years, Berra not only gets to suggest pointers to the players, but he also gets to rub elbows with his good friend Ron Guidry. Actually, the former star pitcher for the Yankees is Berra’s “valet.”
“I mean, the only time we’re really not together is when he’s asleep,” Guidry said.
Yankee icon Yogi Berra received a NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports at the Foundation’s 21st Anniversary Awards Gala in 1996. He has been a longtime supporter and friend to the Foundation attending NIAF’s regional galas in New York City and a dais regular at the October galas.
Read more about their time together at spring training from the New York Times.
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