Thursday, March 5, 2015

Touch 'Em All: Trout back in center field

Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is honored for his service during D-Day 70 years ago. RICH SCHULTZ / Associated Press
Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is honored for his service during D-Day 70 years ago. RICH SCHULTZ / Associated Press
Mike Trout was back in center field and batting second for the Angels on Friday in a late game with the visiting White Sox.

Trout, who was the designated hitter Thursday after missing three of the last four games with back problems, had two hits, including a double and a triple.

"It never tightened up, nothing," Trout said about his back. "I didn't feel really anything. I stretched it really well between at-bats, but I think running around in center field will keep it loose, too."

Yogi recalls D-Day

Seventy years ago, a 19-year-old from St. Louis was on a small attack boat launching rockets at the Germans during the Allied invasion of Normandy.

Lawrence Peter Berra, a minor-league baseball player who would later become known worldwide as Yogi, emerged unscathed from that bloody day. Now 89 years old, Berra was honored Friday by the New Jersey museum that bears his name in Little Falls.

He sat in a wheelchair, wearing a navy blue New York Yankees windbreaker with a Yankees cap.

Berra did not speak during the ceremony, but he said afterward that D-Day was "amazing" and "awful," as he fired at the Nazis from 300 yards offshore.

"You saw a lot of horrors," he said in a voice now grown soft with age. "I was fortunate. It was amazing going in, all the guys over there."

Berra, who went on to win 10 World Series titles with the Yankees, was part of a six-man crew operating a 36-foot LCSS boat, the letters standing for landing craft support, small.

Berra previously joked that the letters stood for "landing craft suicide squad."

Three of his comrades died in the invasion, which included 150,000 Allied personnel.

- Associated Press

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