09/21/08 11:10 PM ET
Yogi enjoys final night at Cathedral
Eighteen-time All-Star soaks in atmosphere one last time
By Samantha Newman / MLB.com
But on this particular day, Berra dressed up a little differently.
For the celebrations honoring the final game at Yankee Stadium, the former catcher donned a uniform similar to the one he wore during his playing days. Instead of the crisp white jersey worn by current players, Berra's was off-white, and the fabric was the traditional flannel.
He wore the uniform through the pregame ceremonies when he was joined by former teammates and fellow Yankees alumni on the field to honor the history of baseball's Cathedral. The memories Berra holds from his time as a player made the day bittersweet as the club prepares to move across 161st Street to its new facilities.
"You hate to see it go," Berra said. "I played here all my life. Playing with all the guys I played with was terrific."
Berra never played in the stadium as it stood Sunday night. He finished his career before it was remodeled in 1973. But the ballpark still holds the same meaning for him as the original stadium.
"It's still Yankee Stadium," he said. "It will always be in my heart."
When asked what he would want from the Cathedral, Berra joked that home plate would make a nice souvenir, knowing that that particular piece of stadium memorabilia will likely end up in Cooperstown rather than Berra's house.
Known for his unconventional sayings and "Yogi-isms," Berra was asked if he would have to amend the phrase "It ain't over 'til it's over," because even once the building is gone, the aura of Yankee Stadium will never fade.
"I say things I don't even know I say sometimes," he said. "But I'm sorry to see it over, I'll say that."
Samantha Newman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.