Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift

Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift

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 devour 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 a similar factor another time.

As each former ballplayer can enjoy, in that regimen, each spring, there emerges a definite magic.

Driving Mr. Yogi is the tale of ways a special friendship among a glass and catcher is renewed each year. it all started in 1999, while Berra used to be reunited with the Yankees after a protracted self-exile, the results of being unceremoniously fired via George Steinbrenner fourteen years earlier than. A reconciliation among Berra and the Boss intended that Berra could attend spring education back. Guidry befriended "Mr. Yogi" immediately. in spite of everything, Berra have been a mentor within the clubhouse again while 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 came upon not only an elder better half or resource of enjoyment – he discovered a ally.
At turns gentle, 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 concerning the significance of knowledge being handed from one iteration to the following, in addition to a reminder that point is what we make of it and compassion by no means will get old.

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