The lovable, legendary New York Yankee Yogi Berra died Tuesday at the age of 90. The Hall of Fame catcher played in more World Series games than any other major leaguer leading the Yankees to ten titles, and he was a three-time American League Most Valuable Player. For all his athletic exploits, however, I suspect he was more known for his amusing "Yogi-isms," short proverbs that didn't always make a lot sense, but did always make you chuckle.
Here are some examples:
- It ain't over 'til it's over.
- Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.
- I never said most of the things I said.
- It's déjà vu all over again.
- You can observe a lot by watching.
- If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.
- A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.
- Pair up in threes.
- When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
- Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.
- I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.
- The future ain't what it used to be.
- Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.
- It was impossible to get a conversation going; everybody was talking too much.
- You should go to other people's funerals; otherwise they won't come to yours.
- I don't know (if they were men or women fans running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads.
- If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be.
- Slump? I ain't in no slump...I just ain't hitting.
- You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six.
- You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you.
Indeed we lost a national treasure, a truly jovial prophet, whose homespun "wisdom" made you laugh. Here is some wisdom from another prophet, words that may not make you laugh, but words to live by:
Trust in the Lord with all your hearts,
and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Prayer for Today
O God, may we truly trust in you with all our hearts. May we acknowledge you as Lord and Savior that you might make our paths straight. Amen.