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Yogi Berra was wonderful 'unless you were batting,' O's slugger Boog Powell remembers

O's slugger Boog Powell remembers Yankees catcher Yogi Berra as wonderful, "unless you were batting."

Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame New York Yankees catcher also known for his entertaining "Yogi-isms," died Tuesday at the age of 90. On Wednesday, longtime Orioles slugger Boog Powell remembered an interaction with Berra.

"He was wonderful to be around, humble and straightforward, a no b.s. kind of guy -- unless you were batting and he was behind the plate," Powell said.

"In my first year (1962), I came to bat at Yankee Stadium and, right away, Yogi started talking to me.

"He said, 'How ya doin'? Did you go out to dinner last night?' Strike one.

"'Did you have a good time?' Strike two.

"'What are you gonna do tonight after the game?' Strike three.

"My next time up, Yogi started again. I said, 'Just a minute, Yogi,' and hit a home run on the next pitch. The next time I came to bat, he said, 'To hell with you, I'm never talking to you again.'"



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