Monday, December 11, 2006

The uncommon sense of Yogi Berra

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Perhaps this will lighten any holiday blues you might feel from untangling your Christmas lights. Here are some of the more famous statements of the Yankee catcher that are both absurd and yet also really make sense.

"It ain't over till it's over." (The original statement was actually "You're never out of it till you're out of it," referring to the 1973 National League pennant race.)

"I want to thank you for making this day necessary."

"It's like déjà vu all over again."

"When you get to a fork in the road, take it."

"It gets late early out there."

"I never said half the things I said."

"Our similarities are different." (Actually said by Dale Berra, Yogi's son.)

"I thought they said steak dinner, but then I found it was a state dinner...It was hard to have a conversation with anyone; there were so many people talking."

"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is."

"Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded."

When asked what makes a good manager of a baseball team, he said "A good ball club".

When asked what time it is, he said "You mean right now?"

His wife Carmen asked where he would like to be buried, and he said "Surprise me!"

Television commercials have taken advantage of Berra's fame for Yogiisms, and advertisers have scripted some things for him to say that, though not true Yogiisms, are similar to his malapropisms.

In an Entenmann's commercial, Yogi said, "You can taste how good these cookies are just by eating them" and "this box is always open until it's closed."

In a print advertisement for the Yankees' YES Network, Yogi said, "I love the YES Network so much, I don't watch TV anymore."

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