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No. 8 Yankees patches to highlight tributes to Yogi Berra

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ESPN baseball Insider Buster Olney joins Mike & Mike to discuss the passing of former Yankees catcher Yogi Berra at the age of 90. (2:04)

TORONTO -- The New York Yankees will pay tribute to Yogi Berra's life by wearing the No. 8 on their jersey sleeves the rest of the season, one of the many tributes that extended from President Obama to seemingly every person -- famous or not -- that Berra treated with respect.

On Wednesday, the Yankees' lineup cards that are placed on each players' chair in the Rogers Centre road clubhouse had Berra's likeness as a player in the background.

In New York, the Empire State building was lit up in Yankee blue and white pinstripes.

Before the Yankees' game against the Blue Jays, there was a video tribute and a moment of silence for Berra.

On Thursday, when the Yankees return for their first home game since Berra's death at age 90, there will be a special ceremony before the first pitch.

During his pregame news conference, Yankees manager Joe Girardi echoed many others' thoughts by emphasizing what a pleasure it was to be around Berra.

Girardi also said he thought there would never be a player again to win as many championships as Berra.

Berra won 10 World Series rings as a player, the most in baseball history.

In basketball, Bill Russell, as a player, and Phil Jackson, as a coach, have won 11 each.

"I don't think you will ever see a player have the success that Yogi had," Girardi said. "The closest that we have seen in sports today is Michael Jordan, is the six in eight years, but it is not going to happen."

Girardi said there was an ease to being around Berra that is often not present with former athletes of his stature.

"I always thought I was talking to my grandfather," Girardi said. "I just felt comfortable. I almost felt like he was going to pull something out of his pocket, like a piece of licorice and all that sort of thing. It was always a joy to be around him."

It didn't matter if you were the Yankee manager or just anybody. Berra treated people with respect.

"It didn't matter if it was a baseball player," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "It didn't matter if it was a clubby. It didn't matter if it was someone in the military or an actor. He just loved to communicate and interact with anybody. That was a special talent of his because a lot of these guys are not approachable. They have a lot of success, and they don't want to be bothered, and Yogi was quite the opposite."

President Obama took to Twitter to remember a war hero, a Hall of Fame catcher and a man frequently quoted.

Derek Jeter released a statement through his website, saying, "To me he was a dear friend and mentor. He will always be remembered for his success on the field, but I believe his finest quality was how he treated everyone with sincerity and kindness."

In a news conference Wednesday before the Toronto game, Alex Rodriguez called Berra an "American icon."

Girardi relished driving Berra to Yankee spring training games. One of the most memorable trips was a few years ago in Florida from Tampa, where the Yankees train, to Kissimmee, home of the Astros.

Berra claimed Girardi took the long way to the game and requested that Girardi ask the clubhouse attendant for directions back. Girardi did, but the attendant gave the same directions in reverse.

During the trip, Girardi had to let Berra know.

"I said, 'Yogi, it is the same way we came. I told you I didn't take the long way,' " Girardi said. "He said, 'I told you my way was faster.' It was just another Yogi-ism. It just made me laugh. That was just Yogi being Yogi."

In Los Angeles, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who typically wears his blue pullover when he meets the media in the dugout before games, was instead displaying a blue mesh batting-practice jersey with a red No. 8. He said he would wear it throughout Wednesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

When Mattingly became a Dodgers coach under former manager Joe Torre, he chose the No. 8 and stuck with it even after clubhouse manager Mitch Poole offered him his old No. 23 when pitcher Derek Lowe left for the Atlanta Braves.

Mattingly kept the No. 8 when he succeeded Joe Torre as Dodgers' manager.

"Everything Yogi touches turns to gold, and I was looking for gold," Mattingly said. "There's not a day I look at No. 8 and don't think about him."

Mattingly met Berra in 1981, when he was a 20-year old first baseman playing at Double-A Nashville and Berra was a roving instructor for the Yankees. He played for Berra in 1984 and 1985 with the Yankees before Berra was fired as manager by George Steinbrenner and replaced by Billy Martin.

Mattingly said he patterns some of his behavior as manager on Berra's player-friendly style.

"Yogi was the kind of guy that, if you went 4-for-4 or 0-for-4 during the game, if you'd see him somewhere afterward, it was going to all be the same," Mattingly said. "It's going to be, 'How you doing, kid?' The game's over. I think that's really important for a manager to be able to do that. I've played for guys who weren't quite like that, and it's not near as much fun playing for them."

Mattingly said he spent much of the day Tuesday watching remembrances of Berra. He stopped to get gas on the way to Dodger Stadium and watched Berra on the small TV at the pumps.

"I think people had it right," he said. "The reason he was so beloved, it wasn't really about his career even though he was a great, great player. It was about what a great person he was, the way he treated people, how humble, sincere, kind he was to people. That's really what defined him, and I think it's why he's touched so many peoples' lives."

Information from ESPN Staff Writer Mark Saxon was used in this report.