Friday, September 25, 2015

Yogi's Quotes

Yogi Berra  -  He was famous for paradox remarks. Here's a few more:
·         Every team should play their opening game at home.
·         Whenever you see a fork in the road, take it.
·         The future ain't what it used to be.
·         You gotta' be careful if you don't know where you're going, 'cause you might not get there.
·         He sure did make a wrong mistake.
·         This is the earliest I've ever been late.
·         Nobody goes to that restaurant any more because it's too crowded.
·         A game isn't over till it's over.
·         You'd be surprised how much you can observe by watching.
·         I just want to thank everybody who made this night necessary.
·         I didn't say everything I said.
·         Half the lies people tell about me ain't true.
·         If people don't want to come out to the ballpark, nobody's gonna stop them.
·         It was deja vu all over again.
·         Hiow can you think and hit at the same time?
·         I ain't in no slump. I just ain't hittin'.
·         In baseball, you don't know nothing.
·         These ain't Yogi remarks, but I heard them lately and get a kick out of them:
·         I talk to myself because I need expert advice.
·         My peop-le skills are just fine; it's my tolerance of idiots that needs working on.
·         I don't need anger management; I just need people to stop pissing me off.
·         At my age, getting lucky means walking into a room and remembering what I came for.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

YOGI: Almost a Brownie

An ardent athlete but an indifferent student, Berra dropped out of school after the eighth grade. He played American Legion ball and worked odd jobs. 

As teenagers, both he and Garagiola tried out with the St. Louis Cardinals and were offered contracts by the Cardinals’ general manager, Branch Rickey. But Garagiola’s came with a $500 signing bonus and Berra’s just $250, so Berra declined to sign. 

(This was a harbinger of deals to come. Berra, whose salary as a player reached $65,000 in 1961, substantial for that era, would prove to be a canny contract negotiator, almost always extracting concessions from the Yankees’ penurious general manager George Weiss.)

In the meantime, the St. Louis Browns also wanted to sign Berra* but were not willing to pay any bonus at all. Then, the day after the 1942 World Series, in which the Cardinals beat the Yankees, a Yankee coach showed up at Berra’s parents’ house and offered him a minor-league contract — along with the elusive $500.

But what if . . . . .?  Thanks for the memories Yogi.