This New York Yankees Legend Should Be Honored At Monument Park

Published 01/06/2022, 12:57 PM EST

The New York Yankees have been a champion side. Having won the World Series 27 times is a testament to that and they couldn’t have done it without their players. Needless to say, honoring your champions is what you do and the Yankees have undertaken just that at Monument Park.

The Yankees have chosen this spot to honor and recognize their most memorable figures. The greatest players, managers, owners, and broadcasters of the franchise are immortalized here. The statues allow future generations to connect with the legends of the game about whom they’ve only heard tales.

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The case for Yogi’s inclusion

In Yankee lore, even being considered for a monument is a matter of immense pride. There are only 7 monuments at the location, with a select 4 players being honored. The award is immensely prestigious and so far has been only awarded posthumously to players.

But while currently featuring all-time greats like Lou Gehrig, Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle, the monument undoubtedly deserves the customary Yogi Berra smile.

File-New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra poses at spring training in Florida, in an undated file photo. Berra, the Yankees Hall of Fame catcher has died. He was 90. (AP Photo/File)

Berra has won more World Series titles than any other player in the history of baseball. That’s a fact. And who better to represent the franchise than the catcher who lit up home plate at Yankee stadium? The man has been part of 10 World Series Winning rosters; More than any other MLB player, ever.

Surely the team with the most world series wins would do well to honor the player with the most world series wins.

Yogi Berra – A part of our lives

Moreover, monuments are less so about the record and more about the moments the players have lived through. Surely, Yogi the player has transcended the sport of baseball to become a part of all our lives.

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His quotes are often played out in all our lives. These “Yogi-isms” include tons of his mantras from when he managed the Mets too. Phrases such as “it ain’t over till its over” and “a nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore” have made their way into most professional settings as vernacular too.

Yogi Berra with son Dale at the New York Yankees spring training in March 1985 in Florida. (AP Photo)

The catcher has had his fair share of fame, including a Hall of Fame inclusion in 1972. Even off the field, he had a cartoon character, ‘Yogi Bear’, named after him.

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While the current count at Monument Park stands at 7, the New York Yankees would be well serviced to install another monument in honor of the catcher.

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Aditya Deshingkar

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Aditya Deshingkar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. An aspiring lawyer, Aditya is a final year student of the law program at GLC. Notably, as an avid sports lover, he shares a keen interest in NBA, MLB, and Formula 1.

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