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Berra finds ready catcher in Rays' Maddon

Berra finds ready catcher in Rays' Maddon

Berra finds ready catcher in Rays' Maddon
TAMPA, Fla. -- Yogi Berra stumbled again on Thursday afternoon, but this time Joe Maddon was there to make the catch.

The Hall of Famer snagged his sneaker on a protective carpet around the batting cage at George M. Steinbrenner Field before the Yankees' game against the Rays, but Tampa Bay's manager was in the right place at the right time, wrapping Berra up.

"It's one of those things you see it, he's going down, there's Yogi Berra falling right in front of you," Maddon said. "So you try to catch him. It might have been my best play as a professional."

A guest instructor at Yankees camp, Berra didn't miss a beat afterward, walking around the coaches room afterward. He also was part of a group in Joe Girardi's office that was talking with former Yankees manager Joe Torre, who called him, "My man, Yogi."

"He said, 'Nice hands,' I think," Maddon said. "When a guy with great hands tells me nice hands, I took it as quite a compliment."

One week ago, Berra was briefly examined at a local hospital after the 85-year-old tripped and fell in the visiting clubhouse before a Spring Training game against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., landing on his backside. He was discharged after four hours.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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