Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog features a famously funny expression from this former New York Yankees great.
“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” ~ Yogi Berra
Inducted into Cooperstown in 1972, Yogi Berra may be the game’s greatest catcher. The 15-time Major League Baseball all-star’s performance on the baseball field secured his spot on baseball’s All-Century Team and won him 10 World Series titles as a player.
One of baseball’s most colorful and irritating trash talkers, Berra was also equally famous for his nutty expressions.
Hence Berra’s head-scratching, nonsensical “pocket change” quote about five cents no longer having the same value as ten cents.
Yogi butchered the English language by misusing similar sounding words. He also said some things that didn’t really make sense.
Berra’s expressions or Yogi-isms like, “it ain’t over ’til it’s over,” “ I really didn’t say everything I said,” and “baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical,” made him one of the sport’s most endearing players.
A childhood friend in St. Louis, MO originally called Lawrence Peter Berra by the name of Yogi. He said Berra looked like an Eastern Indian snake charmer.
Later, during his career in Major League Baseball as both player and manager, New York Yankees great Yogi Berra regularly charmed American baseball fans.
The 15-time Major League Baseball all-star’s performance on the baseball field has always marveled baseball fans.
From his rookie season in 1949 until today, more than forty years after his retirement, baseball fans love and revere Yogi.
Hall of Famer Mel Ott described Berra by remarking, “He stopped everything behind the plate and hit everything in front of it.”
A three-time American League Most Valuable Player, Yogi Berra also won thirteen World Series Championships with the New York Yankees. Between 1947 and 1978, he won eleven World Series titles as a player and two more as a coach.
One of baseball’s most colorful and irritating trash talkers, Berra was equally famous for his funny expressions.
Yogi butchered the English language and misused similar sounding words. He said a lot of things that didn’t really make sense.
Berra’s expressions or Yogi-isms include, “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” “a nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore,” “I really didn’t say everything I said,” and “baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.” His unintended comical remarks made him one of the sport’s most endearing players.
One of Berra’s most memorable Yogi-isms, “the future ain’t what it used to be,” is partially correct.
When baseball fans look back on #8’s career, they’ll recognize that Yogi Berra’s remarkable and entertaining past may never be duplicated by any future Major League Baseball player on the field.
And, that’s my two cents.
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