Yogi Berra Tips His Cap to Duke Ellington


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]