Wednesday, August 03, 2005

THE YOGA OF YOGI

My main inspiration this morning was Frank DeFord's ode to Yogi Berra on NPR's Morning Edition.

As an Okie kid in the '60s it was basically mandatory that you idolize Mickey Mantle. (As well as astronaut Leroy Gordon Cooper, but that's another ball game.) And indeed, I loved Mickey. But there was something endearing about his funny-looking teammate with the funny name also.

I got to see the Yankees play in 1962. They were up against The Los Angeles Angels, who at the time played at Dodger Stadium. Mickey didn't have a great game that night, but I was thrilled when Yogi hit a home run.

Here's a page of quotes attributed to Yogi. But remember: he never said half the things he said.

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