The 84 year old Hall of Fame catcher and former manager of the New York Yankees and New York Mets is famed for his malapropisms ("ludicrous misuses of a word or phrase"). It is almost certain that he could have become a stand-up comedian had he not had such a great talent for hitting the baseball. But his understanding of the English language was not quite as strong as his baseball savvy. Some of his more well-known examples are:
- "This is like deja vu all over again."
- "It ain't the heat, it's the humility."
- "I'd say he's done more than that."--When asked if 1B Don Mattingly had exceeded expectations for the current season.
- "How long have you known me, Jack? And you still don't know how to spell my name."--Upon receiving a check from Jack Buck made out to "bearer."
- "I always thought that record would stand until it was broken."
- "Texas has a lot of electrical votes."--During an election campaign, after George Bush stated that Texas was important to the election.
- "90% of the putts that are short don't go in."
- "You give 100% in the first half of the game, and if that isn't enough in the second half you give what's left."
- "Baseball is 90% mental--the other half is physical."
- "You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."
- He must have made that before he died."--Referring to a Steve McQueen movie.
And my own personal favorite: One day in a restaurant, some teammates ordered, for desert, pie a la mode. Yogi responded, "I'll have the pie a la mode, too, but put a scoop of ice cream on it."
Yogi Berra, who was the starting catcher for the New York Yankees back in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, is given credit for all sorts of amusing quotes.
Some of his more famous ones include "Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded" and "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
These quotes are famous because they are seemingly paradoxical or they are just plain silly.
Howver, there are many sayings like these that are attributed to Yogi Berra that he probably did not really say. In fact, he wrote a book once to, in part, specify which of the sayings really were his and which weren't.