Yogi Berra Quotations

-90% of this game is 80% mental.

-If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.

-The future ain’t what it used to be.

-When you’re a great enough person you get to be a place.

-You should always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise, they won’t come to yours.

-This is like deja vu all over again.

-It ain’t over ’till it’s over.

-You can observe a lot just by watching.

-He must have made that before he died. — Referring to a Steve McQueen movie.

-I want to thank you for making this day necessary. — On Yogi Berra Appreciation Day in St. Louis in 1947.

-I’d find the fellow who lost it, and, if he was poor, I’d return it. — When asked what he would do if he found a million dollars.

-Think! How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time?

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

-I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.

-If you don’t know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else.

-If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him.

-You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.

-Baseball is 90% mental — the other half is physical.

-It was impossible to get a conversation going; everybody was talking too much.

-Slump? I ain’t in no slump. I just ain’t hitting.

-A nickel isn’t worth a dime today.

-Nobody goes there anymore; it’s too crowded.

-It gets late early out there. — Referring to the bad sun conditions in left field at the stadium.

-Glen Cove. — Referring to Glenn Close on a movie review television show.

-Once, Yogi’s wife Carmen asked, “Yogi, you are from St. Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you played ball in New York. If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?” Yogi replied, “Surprise me.”

-Do you mean now? — When asked for the time.

-I take a two hour nap, from one o’clock to four.

-If you come to a fork in the road, take it.

-You give 100 percent in the first half of the game, and if that isn’t enough in the second half you give what’s left.

-90% of the putts that are short don’t go in.

-I made a wrong mistake.

-Texas has a lot of electrical votes. — During an election campaign, after George Bush stated that Texas was important to the election.

-Thanks, you don’t look so hot yourself. — After being told he looked cool.

-I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.

-Yeah, but we’re making great time! — In reply to “Hey Yogi, I think we’re lost.”

-If the fans don’t come out to the ball park, you can’t stop them.

-Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.

-It’s never happened in the World Series competition, and it still hasn’t.

-How long have you known me, Jack? And you still don’t know how to spell my name. — Upon receiving a check from Jack Buck made out to “bearer.”

-I’d say he’s done more than that. — When asked if first baseman Don Mattingly had exceeded expectations for the current season.

-The other teams could make trouble for us if they win.

-He can run anytime he wants. I’m giving him the red light. — On the acquisition of fleet Ricky Henderson.

-I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat, and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?

-It ain’t the heat; it’s the humility.

-The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.

-It’s hard to make predictions, specially about the future.

-I didn’t really say everything I said.
Yogi Berra