There Will Never Be Another

Craig Glass

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September 24, 2015

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yogiSaturday mornings, waiting for Mom and Dad to wake up, were a cartoon-fest in my home when I was a boy. Among others, one of my favorite shows was Yogi Bear. Because he was “smarter than the average bear.”

So it was with disbelieving shock that I eventually heard of a Yankees baseball player, Yogi Berra, apparently named after the cartoon star. What parent would play such an awful trick on their child?

Of course, later I discovered it was the other way around; Berra was such a successful ball player (eventually playing in 14 World Series, guiding his team to win 10 of them) that his name was adopted for the star of Saturday mornings.

Today I learned that Berra passed away at the age of 90. His sports accomplishments may never be repeated. But it was his unique way of twisting the English language that was truly one-of-a-kind.

Some examples as summarized by the Associated Press:

On selecting a restaurant: “Nobody goes there any more. It’s too crowded.”

On travel directions: “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.”

On being told he looked cool: “You don’t look so hot yourself.”

On seemingly repeated events: “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

On economics: “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”

On being asked what time it was: “You mean now?”

His approach toward baseball: “90% is mental. The other half is physical.”

On his team’s diminishing pennant chances (and now, his life): “It ain’t over til it’s over.”

On death: “Always go to other people’s funerals. Otherwise they won’t go to yours.”

Yogi’s spontaneous comments were bewildering, hilarious and insightful all at the same time. He was smarter than the average bear.

There will never be another quite like him.

 

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