While watching both the NBA and NHL Playoffs this past weekend, I yearned for a star player to step up and utter something brazenly entertaining and totally unpredictable.
Like so many fans, I’ve grown weary of mundane responses at press conferences and tepid soundbites in the media.
Instead of listening to carefully measured responses to interviewers, I yearn for an athlete to be more bold and audacious and captivate fans with clever quips and an infectious personality.
After all, sports is entertainment!
In the individual brand conscious world of today’s professional athlete, no one in any sport currently fits that bill. Pro athletes have become automatons.
From the NBA’s LeBron James and Steph Curry to the NHL’s Steven Stamkos and Patrick Kane, sports fans are regularly fed a steady diet of calculated and boring media clips emanating from these guys’ lips.
Fans get predictable sound bites, careful comments and rudimentary responses, thus leaving the sports world wanting more.
That’s why today’s post serves as a clarion call for a new Yogi Berra of sorts in the world of sports. Fans must demand someone who can entertain us, like Berra did, with athletic excellence as well as with wit and wisdom.
Sports Needs a Reincarnation of Yogi Berra
During his lengthy 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 still love Yogi.
Inducted into Cooperstown in 1972, Berra may be the game’s greatest catcher as well as one of baseball’s most colorful and irritating trash talkers.
Berra was equally famous for his funny expressions. He butchered the English language by misusing similar sounding words. He also said some things that didn’t really make sense.
The iconic Yogi Berra’s expressions or Yogi-isms like, “it ain’t over ’til it’s over,” “a nickle 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,” made him one of the sport’s most endearing players.
Yogi Berra Head Scratching Quotes
Berra coined some of the funniest and biggest head scratching sports quotes of all-time, leading many sports fans to question if he ever really said all that was attributed to him. Here’s a bunch of them:
“Pair up in threes.”
“The other team could make trouble for us if they win.”
“It’s déjà vu all over again.” (spoken after Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris batted consecutive home runs again).
“I usually take a two hour nap from one to four.”
“If people don’t want to come to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?”
“You can observe a lot by watching.”
“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t go to yours.”
One of Berra’s most memorable Yogi-isms, “The future ain’t what it used to be,” is partially correct. Because, when fans look back on #8’s career, Yogi Berra’s remarkable playing past and playful nature may never be duplicated by any future Major League Baseball catcher.
I love Berra. I loved his crazy quotes. And, I now long for someone in any sports to revive what he did so many years both on and off the field.
So, let’s bring back the spirit of Yogi Berra in today’s world of sports!
And, that’s my 2 cents!
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MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!