If you like baseball, you should learn about Yogi Berra, one of the best catchers in baseball history. The news of his death on Tuesday took the baseball world and rest of the world by storm. Though not extremely surprising, the loss of him was eery. It was hard to imagine that a man with such charisma and excitement, most evident in his celebration after Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, could be beaten. It is an odd thing to see Yogi Berra, a stranger to losing, lose his life. Hall of Famer Yogi Berra was a 13-time World Series champion and 18-time All-Star. Not only was he an enthusiastic guy and amazing ballplayer, but the man served in World War II as a gunner’s mate on D-Day; this was before he was even in the big leagues. Following his playing days,Yogi Berra became manager of the New York Mets, the New York Yankees, then the Houston Astros before finally retiring in 1989.
Yogi wasn’t known solely for what he did on the baseball diamond, but what he said off of it. There is a multitude of quotes Yogi has said that are baffling, to say the least. If you had heard his ‘Yogi-isms’ without knowing who he was, you would have thought English was his second language. Here are a few samples to lighten your day:
“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six.”
“Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.”
“It's like deja-vu, all over again.”
“When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it.”
“You should always go to other people's funerals; otherwise, they won't come to yours.”
“Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.”
“I never said most of the things I said.”
“It ain’t over ‘till it’s over.”
If you think about these quotes, they start to make sense, but in a way you wouldn’t think. Yogi was a different thinker and his distinct perspective made Yogi Berra, Yogi (Bear). Yogi Bear was a cartoon based on Berra’s personality and odd quotes. Children already loved Berra and Yogi Bear became a hit. With Yogi Berra’s death comes nostalgia to those who followed him and sparks the memories that the pastime of baseball brings. For the younger generations, like mine, Yogi is a man who could never be truly appreciated but he will definitely be a great person to learn about.