Yogi Berra

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Lawrence Peter Berra (born 12 May 1925) American Baseball player and team manager; usually referred to as "Yogi" Berra.

Many of the malapropisms now attributed to Yogi Berra were from stories originally told by former ballplayer turned broadcaster Joe Garagiola, who was a childhood friend of Berra's and loved to tell stories about Berra's accidental humor, and others have been attributed to him because they seem characteristic of his style. As he himself is said to have put it, referring to the numerous "Yogiisms" floating around: "I didn't really say everything I said."

  • You mean now?
    • When asked what time it was. In fairness, he was on a passenger jet at the time, so he was not sure which time zone he was in.
  • 90 percent of putts that fall short don't go in.
  • A good ball club.
    • When asked what makes a good manager of a baseball team.
  • A home opener is always exciting, no matter if it's home or on the road.
  • Don't get me right, I'm just asking!
  • No one goes there any more, it's too crowded.
  • A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.
  • Always go to other peoples' funerals otherwise they won't go to yours.
  • Even Napoleon had his Watergate.
  • Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.
  • He's a big clog in their machine.
    • Refering to Ted Williams.
  • I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.
  • I'm as red as a sheet.
  • I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did!
  • I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.
  • I couldn't tell if the streaker was a man or a woman because it had a bag on its head.
  • I guess that's the earliest I've ever been late.
    • On arriving five minutes late to an interview rather than his usual half-hour.
  • I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.
  • I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat, and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?
  • I think they just got through marinating the greens.
    • Commenting on his performance after playing a poor golf game.
  • I usually take a two hour nap from 1 to 4.
  • I want to thank you for making this day necessary.
    • On Yogi Berra day in 1947 in St. Louis. By his account, he asked a teammate to write a speech, and he misspoke, saying "necessary" instead of "possible."
  • I wish I had an answer to that, because I'm tired of answering that question.
  • I'd find the fellow who lost it, and, if he was poor, I'd return it.
    • When asked what he would do if he found a million dollars.
  • If I didn't wake up, I'd still be sleeping.
  • If people don't want to come out to the ballpark, nobody's going to stop them.
  • If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be.
  • If you ask me a question I don't know I'm not going to answer.
  • If you can't imitate him, don't copy him.
  • If you don't know where you're going, you'll wind up somewhere else.
  • It ain't over 'til it's over.
  • It gets late awfully early around here.
    • Referring to the bad sun conditions in left field at Yankee stadium.
  • It's like déjà vu all over again.
  • It's never happened in World Series competition, and it still hasn't.
  • It's not too far it just seems like it is.
  • It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
  • It was hard to have a conversation with anyone; there were so many people talking.
  • Little League baseball is a good thing 'cause it keeps the parents off the streets and it keeps the kids out of the house!
  • Most of his homeruns were hit on artificial turf.
    • When asked why Johnny Bench hit more homeruns than he did.
  • Never answer an anonymous letter.
  • Ninety percent of this game is mental, and the other half is physical.
    • A variant of this:"Ninety percent of this game is half mental" is also attributed to Philadelphia Philles manager Danny Ozark
  • Overwhelming underdogs.
    • Describing the 1969 New York Mets.
  • Pair up in threes.
  • Pitching always beats batting -- and vice-versa.
  • Slump? I ain't in no slump! I just ain't hitting.
  • Steve McQueen looks good in this movie. He must have made it before he died.
  • Surprise me!
    • When his wife, Carmen, asked where he would like to be buried.
  • The future ain't what it used to be.
  • The only reason I need these gloves is cause of my hands.
  • The other team could make trouble for us if they win.
  • The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.
  • The wind always seems to blow against catchers when they are running.
  • There are some people who, if they don't already know, you can't tell 'em.
  • Think? How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time?
  • We have a good time together, even when we're not together.
    • Talking about his wife, Carmen. He implied he likes to have some time away, but also likes to get back together.
  • We made too many wrong mistakes.
    • On why the Yankees lost the 1960 series to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • We're lost but we're making good time.
  • When you get to a fork in the road, take it.
    • Berra says this is part of driving directions to his house in Montclair, New Jersey. There is a fork in the road, and whichever way you take, you will get to his house.
  • Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.
  • You better make it four. I don't think I could eat eight.
    • At a dinner in an Italian restaurant, when asked how many slices his pizza should be cut into.
  • You can observe a lot by watching.
  • You don't hit with your face.
    • Yogi's standard response whenever someone told him he wasn't too good looking.
  • You don't look so hot yourself.
    • Reply when told he looked cool in his summer suit by the New York Mayor's wife.
  • Yogi's teacher You don't know anything, do you Berra?
    • Yogi I don't even suspect anything, sir.
  • You have to give 100 percent in the first half of the game. If that isn't enough, in the second half, you have to give what's left.
  • The similarities between me and my father are completely different.
    • Dale Berra said this when asked if he took after Yogi.
  • I can't concentrate when I'm thinking.

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