Yogi Berra Tips His Cap to Duke Ellington

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By Richard Horgan Comment

The gist of Newsday sportswriter Mike Gavin’s article this weekend is about how current Yankee and Mets players were connected to their “walk-up songs,” e.g. those pop tunes that blare over the PA as a hitter moves from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box.

But this observation from former Yankee Yogi Berra is likely to be the most remembered passage from the write-up:

Berra, 89, found walk-up music to be an odd concept when asked earlier this week. But he said he would have used the jazz classic, “Take the A Train,” by Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

To paraphrase Berra, had this walk-up song of choice come to pass, it wouldn’t have been started in Berra’s case until the jazz dudes jam.

[H/T: Yankees 101]