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Yankees wear No. 8 on jerseys in honor of Yogi Berra

Yankees wear No. 8 on jerseys in honor of Yogi Berra

Posted by PanamericanWorld on September 24, 2015

The New York Yankees' players and coaches wore No. 8 sleeve patches on their uniforms as a tribute to Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra, who also was honored by teams across Major League Baseball a day after his death at the age of 90.

Members of the Yankees' organization, to which Berra contributed as a player, coach and manager, praised the baseball icon as a unique figure in the sport and a person whose human virtues even exceeded his athletic abilities.

"Yogi probably played as big a part in the Yankee organization being what it is today than any other person on the field," a current outfielder for the Bronx Bombers, Brett Gardner, said prior to the Yankees' game Wednesday night in Toronto.

"I think that he'll be pulling for us. He always has; he's always kept up with us and continued to pull for us and root for us. I know that if we can, not just play well (Wednesday), but finish strong this season and accomplish some of our goals that we want to accomplish, I think it'll make him proud," Gardner added.

The Yankees fell short in their first game after Berra's death, falling 4-0 Wednesday night to their American League East rival, the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays, whose organization paid tribute to the legendary catcher with a minute of silence prior to the game at the Rogers Centre.

With the win, Toronto stretched its division lead over the Yankees to 3 1/2 games.

Both teams are close to locking up postseason berths, but New York will be forced to play the sudden-death AL wild-card game unless it can overtake the Blue Jays over the final stretch of the season.

The Yankees' players and coaches wore a No. 8 sleeve patch on their gray visitors' uniforms Wednesday night, and the team's line-up card also featured an image of Berra dressed in his catcher's gear.

"I think Yogi would want us to go out and play and win and have fun and play with passion and joy, just like he would play," said controversial slugger Alex Rodriguez, who returned to the Yankees this season after being suspended for all of 2014 over accusations of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

"With me, with all the craziness here with me in New York, every spring it was a different story about me. He was always consistent, steady, supportive, constructive. I really appreciated that," A-Rod added.

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