Derek Jeter writes tribute to Yogi Berra before attending funeral
Last week, Berra passed away at 90 years old.
Jeter was among several former Yankees players and coaches who attended Berra's funeral in Montclair, N.J. on Tuesday.
In his tribute, Jeter recalled being in a slump when Berra told him to “try swinging at strikes” in order to fix his hitting issues.
Jeter, an owner of five World Series rings, playfully poked fun at Berra's 10 World Series titles, as he told him that five of them didn't count since the American and National League winners had previously advanced to the Fall Classic without a divisional or league championship series in place.
Berra, however, had the last laugh.
“‘If you're having trouble with math,’ Yogi responded without looking up, ‘you can come over to my house and count the rings yourself,’” Jeter wrote.
Jeter concluded the piece by calling Berra a great Yankee, a great man, a great husband and a great friend.
“My locker may be gone now, but I can still see Yogi next to me, smiling and ready to light up the room with a response,” Jeter wrote.
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