'It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over:' Yogi Berra's Greatest Lines

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it"
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 23, 2015 5:34 AM CDT
Updated Sep 23, 2015 6:33 AM CDT
Yogi Berra's Greatest Lines
This Sept. 21, 1973, file photo shows Yogi Berra, manager of the New York Mets, watching his team work during a game in Philadelphia. Berra, the Yankees Hall of Fame catcher, has died. He was 90.   (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine, File)

Yogi Berra was one of the greatest catchers of all time, but the New York Yankees legend, who has died at age 90, was almost as famous for his hilarious "Yogi-isms." Some of his more widely quoted words of wisdom:

  • On his approach to at-bats: "You can't think and hit at the same time."
  • On selecting a restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."
  • On economics: "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."
  • On the 1973 Mets: "We were overwhelming underdogs."
  • On how events sometimes seem to repeat themselves: "It's déjà vu all over again!"

  • On baseball attendance: "If people don't come to the ballpark, how are you gonna stop them?"
  • On travel directions: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
  • On pregame rest: "I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4."
  • On being asked what time it was: "You mean now?"
  • On being given a day in his honor: "Thank you for making this day necessary."
  • On his approach to playing baseball: "Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical."
  • On death: "Always go to other people's funerals. Otherwise they won't go to yours."
  • On learning: "You can observe a lot by watching."
  • On his team's diminishing pennant chances: "It ain't over 'til it's over."
  • On the fractured syntax attributed to him: "I really didn't say everything I said."
(More Yogi Berra stories.)

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