Don Mattingly was still a training camp instructor then, not yet a Yankees coach. His charge was to follow young first baseman Nick Johnson around, which on that day had meant a bus ride to an away game in Florida.
By the time they returned to camp, everyone there had been gone for hours. Everyone but Yogi Berra, still dressed in his uniform.
Mattingly said he approached him and said:
“Yogi, you been here all day? What are you doing here? And he’s like, 'Yeah, it would have been all day at the hotel too.'"
The Yogi-isms, they’re everywhere. Mattingly spent an early part of his major league career playing for Berra, and although saddened to...