Yankees legend Yogi Berra says Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria reminds him a bit of Joe DiMaggio

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TAMPA — Evan Longoria gets asked to sign baseballs all the time. But not usually by a Yankees legend and Hall of Famer.

Before Friday's game, Yogi Berra came over to ask Longoria to sign two balls for him.

And if that wasn't enough high praise, Berra then told Rays manager Joe Maddon that Longoria "reminds him of Joe DiMaggio a bit."

Berra, 84, said he likes what he sees of Longoria on the field ("He's pretty good"), and how he carries himself. "He's a nice kid," Berra said. "He's good-looking. He dresses up nice. The girls go for him, too."

Longoria, 24, said Berra was the highest baseball royalty he has ever signed for. The biggest name away from the field? Probably the name he hears most often from fans — TV and movie star Eva Longoria.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Yankees legend Yogi Berra says Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria reminds him a bit of Joe DiMaggio 03/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 5, 2010 11:25pm]

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