Lord of the Rings

May 17, 2010 — A few days ago, I ran into Yogi Berra, who has been one of my favorite Yankees (past or present) to cover. He had not received his 2009 World Series ring yet — he got it a day later, though. 

When Berra and his wife Carmen noticed that I was wearing my 2009 World Series ring, they asked to see it, and I was happy to pass it around. 
While Mrs. Berra remarked about the blue stone that lies beneath the interlocking NY on the ring, Yogi offered a classic quote.
“It’s heavy,” he said “They didn’t used to weigh this much.”
For a few minutes, I was sharing my first World Series ring with Yogi Berra, baseball’s Lord of the Rings. That was quite a thrill.
The former catcher has 10 World Series rings — several of which are on display in the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J. 
I guess I can say that my ring has been blessed by baseball’s best.
–Alfred Santasiere III

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