Yogi tosses first pitch before Game 3

Yogi tosses first pitch before Game 3

NEW YORK -- Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of the American League Division Series, the Yankees' first home postseason game of 2010, on Saturday night.

On a night when the Yankees honored the military with the West Point Glee Club singing the national anthem, the World War II veteran and legendary Yankees catcher received some of the loudest cheers of the evening -- and a "Yo-gi" chant -- as he tossed a pitch to Ramiro Pena. Dressed in a jacket, baseball tie and a Yankees cap, the three-time MVP and 10-time World Series champion is pretty much the embodiment of Yankees lore at this point, someone whom manager Joe Girardi said represents "the greatness of the Yankees."

"I love having him around," said Girardi, himself a championship-winning backstop with the Yankees. "I look forward to when he's here; when he's here in Spring Training, we sit around and talk baseball. He's such a wonderful man."

Berra is such a significant aspect of Yankees and baseball history that when Girardi visited the Yogi Berra Museum in Montclair, N.J., with his then-infant daughter in 1999, he made sure to get a picture of Berra holding her.

"That's how much it means to me," Girardi said.

Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.