Yogi Berra, hall of fame catcher for the Yankees, passed away yesterday (Sept. 22nd)  at 90 years old. As a player, Berra was a major contributor to the New York Yankees when they won 10 World Series– the most in baseball history and as a manager, lead both the Yankees and the Mets to the World Series. As much as Berra was know for his athleticism, he was also widely known for his philosophies, which would come to be known as ” Yogi-isms”. His most famous yogi-sim is ” It ain’t over till it’s over”.

What made Berra such a cultural icon was his way of summing things up in a way that no one else could. During a mid-summer series against the Kansas City Royals, Berra was asked how were the Yankees able to beat teams with good records but didn’t do so well against teams with bad records. In true Berra fashion, he responded, “The lousy teams are good this year”.

It’s a sad time for baseball fans everywhere. Here’s to the yogi-isms that baseball fans all know and love:

on napping:

“I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.”

 on “fan” mail:

“Never anwser an anonymous letter.”

on the future:

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”

on travel:

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might end up somewhere else.”

on social life:

” Nobody goes there anymore, its too crowded.”

on taking advice:

” Take it with a grain of salt.”

and of course, on baseball:

“In baseball, you don’t know nothing”

“If people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them”

“Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”

“All pitchers are liars or crybabies.”

” I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.”

On being thought of a philosopher:

“I didn’t really say everything I said.”

On death:

“You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they wont come to yours.”



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