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"Yogi Berra, one of the greatest baseball catchers of all time, has rounded home. RIP," tweets Huffington Post's Alex Howard, sharing the news that the master catcher with a goofy wit has died at 90 (at some 50,000+ shares for that New York Times obit, alone). "Yogi Berra, baseball's great character and catcher & author of unwittingly witty epigrams. A lovely obit," summarizes NYT's Michael Barbaro. "Only time I was truly star-struck covering sports was seeing Yogi Berra in Yanks clubhouse on an opening day," reveals colleague Justin Sablich. "Also worth remembering: Berra still holds Word Series records for games played, plate appearances, hits and doubles," remarks Matthew Rose with the Wall Street Journal.
On that note, here are 35 of Yogi Berra’s most memorable quotes. "He really was like the reincarnation of some Indian guru -- or maybe Rumi? The Yogi-isms are koans," reflects freelance journalist Allen Salkin. Although simultaneously, the NY Times is exploring whether he really was the root of all the Yogi-isms. "As Yogi-isms bounce around Twitter, a look at what he said even when he didn't say it," is how NYT's Randal Archibald bills it. Here's MLB.com's write-up as well as a look-back from Sports Illustrated.
Pope Francis is officially in America, which we know to be true because the White House periscoped the whole thing. Here's the Washington Post's liveblog on all things #PopeinDC, so you never miss one blessed thing. Like, a loose raccoon interfering with the papal parade. Things like that. You can also read the pope's prepared remarks on the South Lawn of the White House, in which he urges action on climate change. It marked a moment of common ground between the pope and President Barack Obama. Of course, The Onion couldn't resist getting on on all this, with their sardonic headline suggesting the pope has reversed his position on capitalism after seeing America's wide variety of Oreos. Sure, that would convince anyone.
Elsewhere in politics, a noteworthy one quarter of registered Democrats (or lean that way) are saying Vice President Joe Biden is now their top choice for president. "If you're a political junkie, this three-way race [between Biden, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton] for the Democratic nomination could be one for the ages," notes Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News. And in auto politics, Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn has resigned in the wake of the company's emissions scandal. "'I am not aware of any wrong doing on my part.' -- Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen chief, who just quit," observes Danielle Ivory at the NY Times.