Whenever you have a student in your classroom who’s not measuring up to your expectations, you simply pull out one of your Yogi sayings and tell her: “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
Or, maybe you have a kid who tends to be a little indecisive. Try this one: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
Well, what about a time when a group of students keeps committing the same errors, over and over and over again? Throw this at them: “It’s deja vu all over again.”
When you do, you’ll be introducing some of the wit and wisdom of the late, great Yogi Berra, former catcher for the New York Yankees, as well as coach and manager after he retired as a player who may be as famous for his Yogi quotes as he is for his hitting and catching prowess.
With the recent death of all-time great baseball player Yogi Berra, I began thinking about him and how he moved from baseball stardom into cultural icon. Even those who don’t know much about Yogi (I do; growing up he was my favorite player on my favorite team.) will certainly recognize some of the sayings and quotes that are attributed to him, often simply referred to as Yogi Quotes.
Over the years, Yogi became famous for his malapropisms, using words or terms that generally mean something else, if only slightly differently.
So, why not take some of these Yogiisms and quotes and bring them into your classroom? Ask your students to describe what they think Yogi was trying to say and then to rewrite the phrases to make more sense.
Here are some of my favorite Yogi quotes that your students might like:
- We made too many wrong mistakes.
- I never said most of the things I said.
- If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.
- Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.
- It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.
- If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.
- Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.
- In baseball, you don’t know nothing.
- You can observe a lot by watching.
- We were overwhelming underdogs.
- The future ain’t what it used to be.
- It gets late early out here.
- Even Napoleon had his Watergate.
- Pair up in threes.
- We have deep depth.
- How can you think and hit at the same time?
- Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel.
- Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.
- A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.
- He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.
- I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.
- It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.
- You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.
- If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer.
- You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.
- You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.
- 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.
- I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4.
To learn more about this great ballplayer and Yogi quotes, check out his Wikipedia page.
Did we miss any of your favorite Yogi quotes? Drop ’em in the Comments section below and let’s pass around some of the wit of all-time great, Yogi Berra.