Thursday, February 24, 2011

Driving Mr. Yogi

This is why we love spring training.

Last line in Harvey Araton's Times story about Ron Guidry as Yogi's personal valet:

“He buys his roast beef, I buy my bottle of vodka,” Berra said, with a twinkle in his eye. “We get along real good.”

Bottom line: Every sping, Guidry chauffeurs Yogi around Tampa, an inter-generational Yankee odd-couple. They bitch at each other. Yogi buys the booze. His wife stays home. Yogi talks about pitching to Ted Williams. Both guys have had reasons to wipe their slates clean about the Yankees. Both keep returning.

This is why we love spring training. More, Mr. Araton, more.

4 comments:

TC said...

That line you clipped is just chock full of WIN!

Jimmie Reese said...

great story. Guidry may not be the greatest pitching coach, but he's a real mensch.

Larry Roth's child said...

Yankees haven't had a good pitching coach since Johnny Sain.
Until now.
AJ's gonna win 18 this year.

Anonymous said...

I'll take the under.