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Yankee Great Recalls Life And Times Of Steinbrenner

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Nearly in tears at times, legendary New York Yankee Yogi Berra on Tuesday remembered his former boss and good friend George Steinbrenner.

"We went through some bad times like everybody else, but he was a wonderful of a man," Berra said.

Along with his wife Carmen and his son Dale, who also played for the Yanks, Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra spoke with reporters at his museum on the campus of Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Berra says he had an up and down and then up again relationship with "The Boss," particularly during his years as Yankees manager.

"He called me up in the office one time and said, 'Your team is not doing very well.' I said, 'Don't tell me this is my team, it's your team,'" recalled Berra.

Yogi first played for the Yankees back in the 1940's. He coached and managed the team twice -- the second time under Steinbrenner starting in 1984. But in 1985, their relationship collapsed after Steinbrenner sent an assistant to fire Yogi.

"I got fired other places. I got fired by the Yankees in 1964. I got fired by the Mets, but the owner called me. I didn't like the way he sent it and that's when I said I would never come back to Yankee Stadium," Berra said.

Fourteen years later, the two baseball icons made up with Steinbrenner paying a visit to Berra's museum.

"The first thing I told him -- 'You're late.' He came in late," recalled Berra.

"We were humbled that he came here to apologize. And it was about time that the feud ended. Of course dad was going to be gracious and accept his apology. From then on they have been the best of friends since," said Dale Berra.

Steinbrenner's birthday was on July 4th. Berra says they spoke on the phone and "The Boss" said he was okay and doing well.

"He sounded real good. He said I may see you at the all timers day. I was wishing this happened," Berra said.

The game will go on as scheduled this weekend at the stadium. But instead of joining his old friend there, Berra and everyone on the field and in the stands will be paying tribute to "The Boss."

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