Baseball legend, ex-Mets manager, and former New York Yankee Yogi Berra passed away last night at the age of 90. While the man is in the Baseball Hall of Fame for his accomplishments on the field (10 World Series wins—and three more as a coach—three Most Valuable Player awards over his 19-year career), Berra was also beloved for his way with words.
On Twitter and elsewhere, people are memorializing Berra with their favorite quotes of his. The archetypal Yogi-ism is a great one-liner that sounds like an oxymoron but actually contain a certain logic. For example, he once told a younger player who was using a far-more-established player's batting stance that "if you can't imitate him, don't copy him."
We've rounded up some of the best ones below. Even if Berra didn't necessarily coin them, they're associated with him. It'll be a long time before someone offers the sort of wisdom that Yogi Berra did.
This treasure, unearthed by Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench:
"A lot of guys go, 'Hey, Yog, say a Yogi-ism.' I tell 'em, 'I don't know any.' They want me to make one up. I don't make 'em up. I don't even know when I say it. They're the truth. And it is the truth. I don't know."
Yogi's is going to be packed, no grin of salt needed.
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