Bobby Wilson is a catcher who is wearing No. 8 for the Texas Rangers. Yogi Berra was a catcher who wore No. 8 all the way to the Hall of Fame.
It’s merely a coincidence that Wilson is wearing the same number as Berra, the New York Yankees legend who passed away Tuesday at age 90. But it wasn’t lost on Wilson this week.
“I was thinking about that last night as I was reading all the Yogi-isms,” Wilson said. “It kind of sunk in. I felt like, ‘I don’t know if I’m worthy enough to wear this number.’”
The Rangers acquired Bobby Wilson on July 31 on a waiver claim from Tampa Bay, and he has played 29 games.
Berra was a 10-time world champion and a three-time MVP who was considered the greatest living Yankee and perhaps the greatest living Hall of Famer. Wilson was designated for assignment earlier this season.
“That’s what every catcher strives to be, a world champion and an icon,” Wilson said. “There’s not enough words to describe what he did for the game.”