Sweet Dreams #8

RIP Yogi Berra. (Photo by Leslie Larsen Bird)

Sweet dreams #8. The Yankees retired Yogi Berra’s uniform number 8 in 1972. (Photo courtesy of Bird Studios. In case you are interested, the Yogi Berra items photographed are going up for auction at SCP Auctions in November.)

Last week the world lost an iconic sports figure–Yogi Berra who passed away on September 22, 2015 at the age of 90. He was a professional baseball catcher, manager, and coach who played 17 seasons for the New York Yankees and one season, his last, for the New York Mets.  He is one of only five players to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award three times, and is known as one of the greatest catchers in history.  In addition to his athletic skills, he was also known for his “Yogisms.” These malapropisms, or incorrect use of words, are actually quite witty and guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, once you realize what he is saying. Or not saying. I can relate as I’ve been known to misuse or mispronounce a word or two here and there. Here’s a compilation of some of Yogi’s best, put together by STATS LLC. RIP Yogi.

On his approach to at-bats: ”You can’t think and hit at the same time.”

On selecting a restaurant: ”Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

On economics: ”A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”

On the 1973 Mets: ”We were overwhelming underdogs.”

On how events sometimes seem to repeat themselves ”It’s deja vu all over again!”

On baseball attendance: ”If people don’t come to the ballpark, how are you gonna stop them?”

On a slipping batting average: ”Slump? I ain’t in no slump. … I just ain’t hitting.”

On travel directions: ”When you come to a fork in the road take it.”

On pregame rest: ”I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4.”

On battling the shadows in left field at Yankee Stadium: ”It gets late early out there.”

On fan mail: ”Never answer an anonymous letter.”

On being told he looked cool: ”You don’t look so hot yourself.”

On being asked what time it was: ”You mean now?”

On being given a day in his honor: ”Thank you for making this day necessary.”

On a spring training drill: ”Pair off in threes.”

On his approach to playing baseball: ”Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”

On death: ”Always go to other people’s funerals. Otherwise they won’t go to yours.”

On learning: ”You can observe a lot by watching.”

On his team’s diminishing pennant chances: ”It ain’t over `till it’s over.”

On the fractured syntax attributed to him: ”I really didn’t say everything I said.”



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