The Passing of a Verbal Yogi
Yogi Berra passed away this week. He lived to the grand old age of 90 until he succumbed a thing eventually takes us all. It’s called death. Though Yogi was a great player and manager, he also wrote books (nine by my count). Nonetheless, even though Yogi played in ten World Series (most ever), made the Baseball Hall of Fame and managed teams from both the National and American League that made it to the World Series, he will still be most remembered for his one liners. Now that’s testimony to the power of the spoken word. How many contemporary writers can claim to have had as much to say (and remembered) on the American psyche as Yogi Berra……Damn few.
Some Yogi-isms To Always Cherish
- If I didn’t make it baseball, I wouldn’t have made it workin’. I didn’t like to work.
- We made too many wrong mistakes.
- All pitchers are liars or crybabies.
- Little league baseball is a good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.
- You can observe a lot by watching.
- The future ain’t what it used to be.
- You can’t hit and think at the same time.
- It’s deja vu all over again.
- When you come to a fork in the road take it.
- I didn’t really say everything that I said.
And last but not least: “Always go to other people’s funerals. Otherwise they won’t go to yours.”
And as far as Yogi Berra’s funeral went, I haven’t read any press accounts, but I can only imagine that it was very well attended. And though we haven’t heard too much from the man lately (last book, You Can Observe a Lot By Watching, published in 2009) , nobody has captured the true essence of baseball as Yogi did with his catchy one-liners….that is…..back in the heyday before we had designated hitters and World Series games that are in competition with Halloween. Baseball just ain’t what it used to be.