NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered all flags in New York City to fly at half-staff in honor of baseball legend Yogi Berra.
Tributes to Berra were also seen elsewhere around the city and beyond.
Berra died Tuesday at his home in New Jersey. The Hall of Famer and three-time American League Most Valuable Player was 90.
De Blasio said Wednesday that the order to fly flags at half-staff applies to American flags, the New York state and city flags and the POW-MIA flag.
“The people of New York City have lost Yogi Berra – and one of the people I think defines life in this city,” de Blasio said in a statement. “We all looked up to Yogi. We all felt a personal sense of connection. I think for so many of us, that felt like there’s another member of our families, and that was Yogi Berra.”
Flags will be returned to full staff at sunset Thursday.
Also Wednesday night, the Empire State Building was shining in Yankees pinstripes.
Tributes to Berra were also seen on the big screen as the Yankees battled the Blue Jays in Toronto, and as the Mets battled the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.
Berra helped the Yankees reach 14 World Series during his 18 seasons with the team.
But he was known as much for coining “Yogi-isms” as for his baseball prowess.
De Blasio said his favorite has always been: “90 percent of this game is half mental.”
“What was so endearing about him was the warmth, and the wit, and the humanity, and, yes, the foibles,” de Blasio said. “It’s a day to celebrate all that Yogi Berra has meant to New York City. It’s obviously a sad day, but a day to celebrate 90 extraordinary years and a real part of our culture.”
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