The words of Yogi Berra


The Hall of Fame baseball player Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra  played for the Yankess. He then went on to to become one of only six managers to lead both American and National League teams to the World Series. He also has a tendency to mangle the English language. He is known as Mr. Malaprop. But I prefer how Joe Garagiola put it: “He doesn’t use the wrong words. He just puts words together in ways nobody else would ever do.” Here is a selection:

This is like deja vu all over again.

Nobody goes there anymore; it’s too crowded.

You can observe a lot just by watching.

I’d find the fellow who lost it, and, if he was poor, I’d return it. — When asked what he would do if he found a million dollars.

Think! How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time?

You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.

I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.

If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him.

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.

Baseball is 90% mental — the other half is physical.

It was impossible to get a conversation going; everybody was talking too much.

Do you mean now? — When asked for the time.

It ain’t the heat; it’s the humility.

I didn’t really say everything I said.

Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.

I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.

It ain’t over till it’s over.

He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.

It gets late early out there.


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