While reading Yogi Berra at 90: Quips and quotes from a Yankees Icon in honor of Yogi’s 90th birthday today, I nodded at this remark about Yogi’s quotes,
Millions of people know the most famous ones: “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” “It’s déjà vu all over again.” And, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
Until my oldest son started playing Little League baseball eleven years ago, I had little idea who Yogi Berra was. Was he the baseball player on the Mr. Coffee commercials? (No, that would be Joe Demaggio.) Once our family learned the history of the game, we were hooked on Yogi and his quotes. His common sense, turns of phrases, and good humor apply to our baseball life and beyond. Here are more of our favorites,
Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.
You can observe a lot by just watching.
We made too many wrong mistakes.
You should always go to other people’s funerals. Otherwise, they won’t go to yours.
The future ain’t what it used to be.
I didn’t really say everything that I said.
A less popular Yogi Berra quote, or is it more of a life principle, is most often referenced through baseball writers and announcers. It has to do with Yogi Berra being a “bad ball” hitter. Here’s an example from, Yogi: The Life & Times of an American Original (p. 340),
You know, a lot of guys say, ‘You’re a bad-ball hitter,’ I said, ‘No, the ball looked good to me. I swung at it.’ I could leave a pitch alone the first time like that. The next time, I hit at it, and I do something with it.
Our family takes baseball and life seriously. For us, playing and pondering the game is transformative. Life throws many perfect pitches right down the middle of the strike zone. It’s up to us to be ready to hit it out of the park! Life also throws a lot of bad balls. It’s up to us to see the good in the bad, to go for it, and to do something with it.
Are you a fan of Yogi Berra? His quotes? Quotes in general? Are you a bad-ball hitter?
Happy Birthday, Yogi ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc