King of frac­tured English gone at 90

Asian Journal - - Editorial -

“It ain’t over til it’s over.” That’s just one of the many state­ments of un­wit­ting folk wis­dom, as it’s been dubbed, made fa­mous by Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra, New York Yan­kees Catcher and Base­ball Man­ager and Coach, but just as im­por­tantly, master of stat­ing the ob­vi­ous.

On Septem­ber 22, the man who made his ca­reer, in his words, half on skill, and half on wit, left the ball park. Yogi, it is truly over – and we’ll miss you.

This week I’d like to share some of my favourite ob­ser­va­tions:

- He hits both sides of the plate – he’s am­phibi­ous. - Lit­tle league is a very good thing be­cause it keeps the par­ents off the street. - If peo­ple don’t want to come out to the ball park, no­body’s gonna stop ‘em. - If I didn’t make it in base­ball, I won’t have made it workin’. I didn’t like to work. - Slump? I ain’t in no slump. I just ain’t hit­tin’. - Base­ball is ninety per­cent men­tal. The other half is phys­i­cal! - Con­grat­u­la­tions! I knew the record would stand un­til it was bro­ken.

What­ever he had worked be­cause he par­layed catch­ing a base­ball into be­ing one of the sport’s most mem­o­rable play­ers, not to men­tion man­agers who is only one of six man­agers to take teams form the Amer­i­can League and Na­tional League to the World Se­ries. De­spite his prow­ess as a com­mu­ni­ca­tor, he is re­puted as hav­ing prob­lems with man­age­ment his en­tire coach­ing ca­reer. - Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true! - It ain’t the heat, it’s the hu­mil­ity. - We made too many wrong mis­takes! - The other teams could make trou­ble for us if they win. - I never said half the things I said. - No­body goes there any­more ….. it’s too crowded.

Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra

Ray Hud­son

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