Monday, November 16, 2015


It happened.  It finally happened!  Yogi Berra is to get the President Medal of Freedom award.  According to, it happened:

"Berra will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously, the White House announced Monday...Berra was one of 17 people to receive the award. the nation;s highest civilian honor. Another was Willie Mays, a Hall of Fame center fielder for the New York and San Francisco Giants who finished his career in the 1973 World Series for Berra's Mets. Mays once played for the Giants' farm team in Trenton."

Now obviously the honor is very special and we here at Bleeding Yankee Blue are thrilled that the Berra family can celebrate this high honor.  You know what would have made it more special? If Yogi Berra were alive to receive it.  That my friends is extremely disappointing.

(In Photo: Lindsay Berra)
When talk first began about the idea of Berra being considered for the award by his granddaughter Lindsay Berra, we immediately knew it was the right thing to do. Fans then signed a petition and things caught fire, and rightly so... Yogi was an American War Hero, an American Icon, Champion with the New York Yankees... bottom line, it's a no brainer.  But procedure and red tape sometimes takes too long, and throughout the waiting... Mr. Berra passed away.   It's personally sad for me, that's all.

That being said, I am happy it's happening... all of us Yankee fans are.  I just wish it could have happened sooner, that's all.

Congrats to the Berra family. No doubt Yogi's in heaven saying something like, "If I knew there was cake, I would have stuck around." 

That wasn't a Yogism... I made it up, to honor the great Yogi Berra.

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