King of Fractured English Gone At 90 – by Ray Hudson

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Ray Hudson
Ray Hudson

You Don’t Say – Vol 40

“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.

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Yogi Berra

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.
– You can observe a lot by watching.

But enough about baseball, here’s what he had to say about, well, everything else:

– When you come to a fork in the road, take it!
– A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.
– You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.
– It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.
– The future ain’t what it used to be.
– and likely the most famous – it’s like déjà-vu all over again..

There are so many more, and each one will throw your thought process into a full stop while you go from huh? to ha-ha-ha!

So have a good week. And if by some chance things aren’t going as well as you’d like, cheer up and remember, “even Napoleon had his Watergate”.

Batter up!

Contact me with any language questions comments of column ideas. rayhudson@dccnet.com