Since I grew up in Boston, in the 1940’s and 1950’s as a firm Yankee hater and a rabid Red Sox fan ~ Yogi Berra was always the enemy along with Joe DiMaggio, Whitey Ford and countless other Yankee greats that broke my young heart every baseball season ~ but Yogi was in a class by himself. In some strange way, I felt Yogi did not belong in lofty Yankee pin stripes and his gentle soul and humanness, as revealed by his classic truisms, endeared him to both myself and millions of fans as one of the greatest Yankees and most beloved icons in the game of baseball: Allen L Roland, PhD
Yogi still holds Series records for games played, plate appearances, hits and doubles. No other player has been a champion so often. In this Oct. 6, 1950, photograph, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Granny Hamner was tagged out at the plate by Berra as he tried to score from third in the ninth inning of Game 3 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium. The umpire is Dusty Boggess.
RIP: Yogi Berra truisms
You should always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise they won’t come to yours.”
“Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical”
“You’ve got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might end up someplace else.”
“I never make predictions, especially about the future”
“Only in America ” ~ Upon hearing that the mayor of Dublin was Jewish “
I ain’t in no slump. I just ain’t hittin’ ”
“I want to thank everybody for making this day necessary.”
“Ninety percent of the game is half mental.”
“If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him.”
“I can’t think and hit at the same time “
“No matter where you go there you are” Yogi Berra, When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball’s Greatest Heroes
Berra and former Mets catcher Gary Carter during a post-game ceremony after the last regular-season baseball game at Shea Stadium, in 2008
Here’s an incredible must see slide show of Berra’s most memorable moments.
Heart centered spiritual consultant and advisor Allen L Roland can be contacted at [email protected] Allen is also a lecturer and writer who shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website allenroland.com. He is also featured columnist on Veterans Today and guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net
Allen L Roland, PhD is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a heart centered spiritual consultant, author and lecturer who also shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web site at AllenRoland.com. He also guest hosts Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements as well as private consultations via email at [email protected].
Roland is a twin who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, survived a dysfunctional family, pursued and lived his dreams, including becoming a Navy supersonic carrier pilot, finding himself by fully opening his heart, writing three books, siring four children ~ and is still living his ultimate dream by making a difference from a place of love, celebration and service.
His Ph.D dissertation THE UNIFIED FIELD was chosen by Common Boundary and Noetic Science Institute, in their 1998 national dissertation contest, as one of the top three finalists for combining spirituality and psychology. His ongoing heart centered work as a consultant with veterans with PTSD, is the most satisfying work of his life. Allen’s online newsletter, columns and radio broadcasts are committed to the truth ~ as he sees it ~ for only the truth is revolutionary.