Goodbye, Yogi Berra: let’s remember you with a smile

A few days ago the legendary Yogi Berra, US (baseball) catcher extraordinaire, sadly passed away.  He was 90 years old and had led the most amazing life. Below, we can see some of the incredibly funny lines he is supposed to have said – but for now, a proper memorial. To quote the Toronto Globe & Mail

Goodbye, Yogi Berra: let's remember you with a smile
“Yogi Berra, one of baseball’s greatest catchers and characters, who as a player was a mainstay of 10 New York Yankees championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and New York Mets to the World Series — but who may be more widely known as an ungainly but lovable cultural figure, inspiring a cartoon character and issuing a seemingly limitless supply of unwittingly witty epigrams known as Yogi-isms — died Tuesday.”

“That he triumphed on the diamond again and again despite his perceived shortcomings was certainly a source of his popularity. So was the delight with which his famous, if not always documentable, pronouncements, somehow both nonsensical and sagacious, were received.”

Some of Yogi Berra’s best one-liners…

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 honour: “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 per cent 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.”

R I P Yogi.

They just don’t make them like you anymore.

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