Statements regarding the passing of Yogi Berra

STATEMENT FROM RON GUIDRY:

"It's just a sad day. We're losing a great man and I'm losing a great friend. He was always a very good friend of mine. All I know is every time I hear the word 'baseball,' I think of Yogi."

STATEMENT FROM ANDY PETTITTE:

"What an honor it was to have rubbed shoulders with Yogi. He embraced me from the first day I met him. Heck, he embraced everyone he met. Yogi loved talking baseball and sharing stories, and I was always excited to hear them. He was a special man who brought smiles to the faces of an awful lot of people.
 
He served our country with honor, and I can't think of a better ambassador to have represent this game.  
 
He will be sorely missed, and my heart goes out to his family during this difficult time."

STATEMENT FROM JORGE POSADA:

"When you were around Yogi, he had a way of bringing out the best in you. He made you feel good inside. That was his gift to so many of us, and why people always tended to gravitate to him. I don't care what team you play for or what team you root for, if you love baseball, then you love Yogi Berra.
 
My prayers go out to Yogi's family, and to the countless people he touched over the years."

STATEMENT FROM BOBBY RICHARDSON:

"Yogi Berra was my wonderful, long-time friend. Not only a teammate a lot of my career, but my manager in 1964.

What can I say about Yogi? He was a friend and a wonderful clutch hitter. He had so many accolades in the world of baseball that it is almost impossible to realize how many. He was a World War II veteran and a great friend. It's a deep loss."

STATEMENT FROM WHITEY FORD:

"Yog [sic] was at his best late in the game when you needed him most. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a good friend and he will be dearly missed."

STATEMENT FROM REGGIE JACKSON:

"If God wanted to make a great person, with great character and great integrity, the description of that man would be Yogi Berra. As a baseball player, he won the MVP award three times, finished second twice, third once and fourth once - enough said. Yogi Berra, our dear friend, was loved by all he touched."

STATEMENT FROM THE MANTLE FAMILY:

"The Mantle family first want to send all our love and sympathy to the Berra family.

Our hearts are filled with sadness, but at the same time full of joy from all the great memories of Dad and Yogi's time together as teammates and lifetime friends.

The Berras have been family to is over the years. We will miss Yogi's wisdom.

From our sight he is gone, but in our hearts he is forever."