After falling in the Yankees clubhouse this afternoon, Yogi Berra is “resting comfortably” at a local hospital.
“I walked in there and saw him (in the clubhouse),” manager Joe Girardi said. “It appeared that he tripped, and he landed on his rear end, which is probably the best place you can actually land. He did not want to go to the hospital, but we’ve got to make sure (he’s alright). When he left, he was in good spirits, and he was laughing. And he’s still that way.”
Berra told some of the players that he didn’t want his wife to find out about the fall because he was afraid she’d make him come home.
“The EMTs came in and then they sat him up, and then he was sitting in a chair, answering every question,” Girardi said. “When you go through that, they’re going to ask you questions repeatedly, a number of times. They’re going to take your blood pressure a number of times. He wasn’t really excited about that, but he was in good spirits, and we’re hoping he gets out soon.”
As you might imagine, Berra is a wildly popular figure in Yankees camp — “As great of a player (as he was), he’s that great of a person,” Brian Cashman said — and the players were all excited to hear any sort of news about how he’s doing. A member of the Yankees security staff is with Berra at the hospital and relayed that Berra said he’s “feeling fine” and “hoping to be released later today.”
Here’s Cashman talking about how he found out about the fall and about the impact of having Berra in camp.
UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: Berra has been discharged from the hospital.
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