Yogi Berra, the Yankee legend has passed away at age 90.
I never met Yogi, I never even saw him play baseball in real life. I’ve only seen highlights of all the Yankee legends of the past, but I can say without a doubt, Yogi was definitely my favorite one.
He was a cultural icon in a way that only stand-up comedians could understand fully. He was the KING of the one-liners, well he and Rodney Dangerfield……and Henny Youngman and oh maybe Don Rickles too. But when it came to sports and life philosophy, nobody could touch Yogi’s simple and to the point descriptions of day-to-day occurrences.
The Best One-Liners Courtesy of Yogi Berra
On getting enough rest: “I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.”
On getting fan mail: “Never answer an anonymous letter.”
On Education: “I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.”
“You can observe a lot by watching.”
On Traveling: “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”
“Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel.”
“The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
On the future: “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
On social life: “Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded.”
“It gets late early out here.”
On the weather: “It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”
On receiving advice: “Take it with a grin of salt.”
On finances: “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
“In baseball, you don’t know nothing.”
“We made too many wrong mistakes.”
“So I’m ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face.”
“If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.”
“Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”
More about baseball:
“All pitchers are liars or crybabies.”
“Bill Dickey is learning me his experience.”
“He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”
“I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.”
“I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won 25 games. What I don’t understand is how he lost five.”
“I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary.”
On being a philosopher: “I didn’t really say everything I said.”
On death and funerals: “You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”
On memories: “It’s like deja vu all over again.”
Derek Jeter on Yogi’s passing:
To those who didn’t know Yogi personally, he was one of the greatest baseball players and Yankees of all time. To those lucky ones who did, he was an even better person. To me he was a dear friend and mentor. He will always be remembered for his success on the field, but I believe his finest quality was how he treated everyone with sincerity and kindness. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Cheers to you Yogi, rest in peace; The Henny Youngman of baseball.