The former NY Yankee catcher and manager (Lorenzo Pietro) “Yogi” Berra had a way of saying things that lives on long after his baseball career¹.


They’re (politely) called Yogi-isms. For example, He had a pithy way of saying things on and off the field the “wrong way,” yet a way that often was “wiser” and more meaningful than the right way of saying it. For example:


   (1) You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.


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   (2)  When asked if Don Mattingly’s performance at first base had exceeded his expectations, Yogi answered, “I’d say he’s done more than that.”

   (3)  When addressing a crowd at a 1947 event in his honor, he said, “I want to thank all those who made this night necessary.”

   (4)  If you give 100% in the first half of the game, and if it isn’t enough, in the second half give more.

   (5)  Mantle’s a switch hitter because he’s amphibious.

   (6)  How can you say this and that when this and that hasn’t happened?

   (7)  If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him.

   (8)  A nickle ain’t worth a dime any more.

   (9)  Slump? I ain’t in no slump. I just ain’t hitting.

  (10)  Explaining to his manager, Casey Stengel, why he couldn’t play a game: “I got a touch of pantomime poisoning.”

  (11)  If I didn’t wake up, I’d be sleeping.

  (12)  When asked why the 1984 Yankees had such a dismal record: “I wish I had an answer to that because I’m getting tired of answering that question.”


   What an honor to be thought of and remembered [  : )  ] for your manner of speaking when you give so many so much joy by the way your words inoffensively can tumble out from the lips on your face.

   Figure out what’s going on here, and compliment your friends when they inadvertently create a Yogi-ism of their own making,


   ¹ Our source here is The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said by Ross and Kathryn Petras (Broadway Books, though first by Doubleday, 1993).