Yesterday, an American icon crossed the bridge. He was a good baseball player but I’m not going to bore those who live elsewhere than a baseball playing area with his baseball smarts. I’m going to give you his philosophy. There was a succession, Socrates, Plato and then Aristotle. Then came the Romans and the preeminent Italian philosopher was Lawrence Peter Berra, better known as Yogi Berra.
You could do a lot worse than follow Yogi’s advice. Here is teachings-I’ve left out the North American and sports specific quotes and left everybody with his principles to leave everyone to live by.
Pair ’em up in threes.
You can see a lot by just looking.
Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.
– Yogi, on a St. Louis restaurant
It gets late early out there.
– Yogi, on the sun in left field at old Yankee stadium
Thank you for making this day necessary.
– At Yogi Berra Day in his hometown of St. Louis
If I could just make ’em up on the spot, I’d be famous.
– Yogi, when asked for a Yogi-ism
When asked whether a streaker on the baseball diamond was a man or woman, Yogi supposedly replied, “I don’t know, they had a bag over their head.”
If people don’t wanna come out to the park, how are you gonna stop ’em?
If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer.
If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him.
I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.
You can observe a lot by watching.
Little League baseball is a good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets and the kids out of the house.
I wish I had an answer to that, because I’m tired of answering that question.
It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
We made too many wrong mistakes.
Anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked.
It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.
I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.
You tell the stupidest questions.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.
I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.
You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.
If you don’t set goals, you can’t regret not reaching them.
You better cut the pizza into four slices, because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.
Pie a la mode, with ice cream.
It’s deja vu all over again.
I didn’t really say everything I said.
Yogi, you’ll be missed unless you’re still here.