“It Ain’t Over Til’ It’s Over”; Nearly all of us have heard that quote. We know it’s from Yogi! Yogi Berra (click on the highlighted link for full biography) died yesterday at age 90. To youngsters today he’s mostly known for his ingenious and witty quotes….like the one above. But for a ’53 model like myself he stands for a whole lot more. As a kid I was an avid New York Yankees fan. I knew all the players names for the Yankees in those days. I’d call those the “Golden Years of Baseball’. That’s just my own opinion of course but I’ve never been as enthused about the sport since those days. Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle were in a race for the most home runs. Two great athletes on the same ball club. For me, it was unforgettable. It was an era marked by….if you started with a ball club, in most cases you finished with the same club. Not a lot of trading around like there is these days. I liked it better.
Yogi was the catcher in all those great years for the Yanks. Not only was he a great catcher, he was a slugger as well. Five different times in his career he had more home runs than strikeouts (Thanks R Bea). Stop and think about that one for a minute! And get this: Besides being a Professional Baseball Hall of Famer, Yogi was a 3-time American League MVP…..and 10 times World Series Winner (played in 14)! At 5′ 7″ and 185 lbs Yogi hit 358 home runs and drove in 1430 runs in his stellar 18 year career!
I thought it would be especially fitting on this day to post some of Yogi’s quotes:
“Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical”
“All pitchers are liars, or crybabies”
“He hits from both sides of the plate, he’s amphibious”
“Everybody pair up in threes”
“It gets late early out here”
“I usually take a 2 hour nap from 1 to 4”
“You can’t think and hit at the same time”
“It’s deja vu all over again”
“You can observe a lot by just watching”
“Even Napolean had his Watergate”
“Cut my pizza in 4 pieces, I don’t think I can eat 8”
“Never answer an anonymous letter”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it”
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else”
“Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded”
“The future ain’t what it used to be”“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore”
“I never said most of the things I said”
“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t go to yours'”
………and…….“It ain’t over ’til it’s over”
And in your case, Yogi…..it’ll never be over! A few of us’ll never forget!