“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” (R.I.P. Yogi Berra)

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I’ve never really liked the Yankees (I grew up a Kansas City Royals fan, which should explain things), so it’s a bit odd that some of my favorite baseball players of all time played for that organization.  Of course, Babe Ruth has always been the bomb.  And Lou Gehrig was one of the primary heroes of my childhood despite the fact that he’d been dead for fifty years (I loved the “Iron Horse” for his spirit of determination and perseverance while battling ALS, the crippling condition now known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”).  I’d also always admired Roger Maris for the shit he took for breaking Babe Ruth’s record, and I respected Joe Dimaggio for his unconditional love of his ex-wife, Marilyn Monroe (plenty of folks loved her, but nobody loved her like he did).  And then there’s Yogi Berra– the master of the malapropism.  The dimwitted Yankees catcher/philosopher who has waxed poetic on numerous topics and is best known for his one-liners (affectionately known as “Yogisims”):

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

“It’s like deja vu all over again.”

“You can observe a lot by just watching.”

“We have deep depth.”

“It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”

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

“I knew the record would stand until it was broken.”

“Pair up in threes.”

“We made too many wrong mistakes.”

“Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.”

“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”

“No one goes there nowadays– it’s too crowded.”

“It gets late early out here.”

“I didn’t really say everything I said.”

“Even Napoleon had his Watergate.”

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.”

“If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.”

“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

Well, it’s officially over now for Yogi Berra, as he died yesterday at the age of 90.  The baseball world (and the rest of the world, for that matter) lost a true character in Yogi– he was one of a kind, and he’ll most definitely be missed.

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