Yogi’s Berra-able incongruities


With the World Series coming up, I think it is a good time to get some perspective from Yogi Berra, MLB’s legendary spokesperson and someone who understood our plight when he said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

Most of us have probably heard his incongruities one piece at a time, so I thought—why not have sort of World Series of Berra-ble Incongruities.  Put them all in one place so we can further memorialize sport’s most entertaining characters.

So, here are some of his best:

  • “I never said most of the things I said.”
  • “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.”
  • “The other teams could make trouble for us if they win.”
  • “Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.”
  • “If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.”
  • “No one goes to that restaurant anymore. It’s too crowded.”
  • “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
  • “I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4.”
  • “We made too many wrong mistakes.”
  •  “You can observe a lot by watching.”
  • “I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.”
  • “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
  • “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”
  • “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”
  • “He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”
  • “I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.”
  • “I don’t know (if they were men or women fans running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads.”
  • “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
  • “It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”
  • “The towels were so thick I could hardly close my suitcase.”
  • “You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”

Does a baseball piece really belong on a football sight like Savvygameline?  I’m not sure and I suspect it will be a long time, if ever, that it happens again.  In the meantime, I’m going to follow the advice of boxing statesman Mike Tyson and let this stack of baseball stuff “. . . fade into Bolivian!”