I really didn’t say everything I said

stephen2By Stephen Rhodes

Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra died Tuesday night. He was a member of 10 World Series championship teams as a as a Yankee and a three-time MVP He had 358 career home runs and was considered one of the greatest players of all time on the field.

He was also one of sports most quotable players with phrases or Yogi-isms that have become part of popular culture.

I have been using some of these Yogi-isms in facilitation exercises for years. One of my favourites in a strategic planning exercise is:

“If you don’t know where you are going,
you’ll end up someplace else.”

yogiHere is a sampling of famous Yogi-isms.

On his approach to at-bats: “You can’t think and hit at the same time.”

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

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

On the 1973 Mets: “We were overwhelming underdogs.”

On how events sometimes seem to repeat themselves “It’s deja vu all over again!”

On baseball attendance: “If people don’t come to the ballpark, how are you gonna stop them?”

On a slipping batting average: “Slump? I ain’t in no slump. … I just ain’t hitting.”

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

On pregame rest: “I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4.”

On battling the shadows in left field at Yankee Stadium: “It gets late early out there.”

On fan mail: “Never answer an anonymous letter.”

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

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

On being given a day in his honor: “Thank you for making this day necessary.”

On a spring training drill: “Pair off in threes.”

On his approach to playing baseball: “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”

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

On learning: “You can observe a lot by watching.”

On his team’s diminishing pennant chances: “It ain’t over `till it’s over.”

On the fractured syntax attributed to him: “I really didn’t say everything I said.”

Priceless.

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