On a lighter note, I thought that I would tell my favorite Yogi Berra story. If you were reading earlier, I went over some of the great Yogisms. My favorite being “its like de ja veux all over again.” But this is not to count out or discredit.
“I didn’t say everthing I said,” Yogi once insisted.
Or, on his beautiful new house: “It’s nothing but rooms.”
Or, on giving directions to his new house: “It’s pretty far, but doesn’t seem like it.”
On being told by the wife of New York Mayor John Lindsay that he looked very cool in his summer suit: “Thanks. You don’t look so hot yourself.”
On top of these priceless sayings, Yogi provided some of the funniest stories that a character in baseball could ever have. A few of these can be found in:
Orkent, Daniel and Steve Wulf. Baseball Anecdotes. New York: Oxford University Press,
The nickname Yogi was aquired in his childhood. One of his childhood friends growing up in St. Louis, said he got that name “simply because he walked like a Yogi.” Now, I don’t know what ‘walking like a Yogi is,’ but I love it and wish I knew how to walk that. Anyway, here is the story:
A radio interviewer once told Berra before a broadcast. “We’re going to do free association. I’m going to throw out a few names, and you just say the first thing that pops into your mind.”
“Okay,” said Berra.
On the air, the announcer said, “I’m here tonight with Yogi Berra, and we’re going to play free association. I’m going to mention a name, and Yogi’s just going to say the first thing that comes to mind. Okay, Yogi?”
“All right, here we go then. Mickey Mantle.”
“What about him?” said Berra.
Can you imagine how that announcer must have felt after he said that? lol. Everytime I read that, I laugh. I would pay to have that moment on tape.
Yogi was a quick, and amazingly skilled defensive catcher in his playing days. He was a formittable hitter, and is an even nicer man off the field. This passage shows Berra’s sensitive side.
“Berra was a sensitive man, as this passage in Yogi, his 1961 autobiography (written by Ed Fitzgerald) shows: “I worry about getting old. I worry about not getting around on the fastball. I worry about keeping Carm (his wife Carmen) happy so she won’t be sorry she married me, about the kids growing up good, and about keeping out of trouble with God. I worry a lot.”
Yogi is a fun loving man, with a child like innocence. Deep thinking sensitivity and conicidental wit, characterized this brillant ledgend. My favorite player of baseball’s past, and catcher of 10 Yankee World Series Championships! That also included 14 pennants! Where would the Yankees be without this guy? That is what I want to know.