There's an amusing article in today's New York Times about Yogi Berra's arrival at the Yankees spring training camp and how former pitching great Ron Guidry has become Yogi's driver, constant companion and sidekick. (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/sports/baseball/24yogi.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper) “It’s like I’m the valet,” said Guidry. “Actually, I am the valet.”
With Casey Stengel and Satchel Paige, Berra is one of the most quotable baseball players of all time. For your amusement, here are some of my favorite Yogi-isms.
On the game of baseball:
"Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical."
"How can you think and hit at the same time?"
"He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious."
"I always thought that record would stand until it was broken."
"Slump? I ain't in no slump. I just ain't hitting."
"It gets late early out there."
"If people don't want to come out to the ball park, nobody's gonna stop 'em."
On life in general:
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."
"Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours."
"You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going because you might not get there."
"I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did."
"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."
"Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."
"The future ain't what it used to be."
"You can observe a lot by just watching."
And the classics:
"It's like deja-vu all over again."
"I never said most of the things I said."
"It ain't over till it's over."