April 27 2012
It happens every spring. New York Yankees pitching great Ron Guidry arrives at the Tampa airport to pick up Hall of Fame catcher and national treasure Yogi Berra. Guidry drives him to the ballpark. They watch the young players. They talk shop. They eat dinner together and tease each other mercilessly. They trade stories about the greats they have met along the way. And the next day they do the same thing all over again.
As every former ballplayer can appreciate, in that routine, every spring, there emerges a certain magic.
"Driving Mr. Yogi" is the story of how a unique friendship between a pitcher and catcher is renewed every year. By turns tender and laugh-out-loud funny, and teeming with unforgettable baseball yarns that span more than fifty years, this is a universal story about the importance of wisdom being passed from one generation to the next, as well as a reminder that time is what we make of it and compassion never gets old.
Harvey Araton joined the "New York Times" as a sports reporter in 1991 and became a national columnist in 1993. He is the author of many books, including "When the Garden Was Eden: Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the New York Knicks." Harvey's work has also appeared in the "New York Times Magazine," the "New York Times Book Review," "ESPN," the "Daily News," and the "New York Post."
Enjoy this sweet ride in the Clubhouse with Harvey Araton...