Hey, Dags! Yeah, I combined a couple of Yogi-isms. I always got a kick out of his sayings, much of which made perfect sense knowing the context. For example: "If you come to a fork in the road, take it." That comes from a direction to his house in Montclair, N.J., where my parents lived for a few years. The road divides and reforms later, so it doesn't matter which road you take. "It gets late early there" refers to the shadows that descend on the field (I think left field) in Yankee Stadium as the sun sets. "Thank you all for making this necessary" was said on a Yogi Berra Night honoring him back in the day. "I never said all those things I said" was in response to an interviewer asking him about those sayings attributed to him. "Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded." He was talking about a nightspot that became too popular and crowded foir him to want to go there. "You can't hit and think at the same time." As one who has stood in the batter's box facing a pitcher with a wild fastball, I can attest that's true! One of my favorites that absolutely makes no logical sense: The pizza guy asked him if he should cut the pizza into four or six slices. Yogi (supposedly) replied: "Better make it four. I don't think I could eat six."
I didn't know that Yogi was at D-Day in WWII. He came back from the war, a few of his youth years taken from him, to go on as a Yankee legend. And the fans were not kind in the beginning, calling him an ape, a misfit, and such. They learned quickly he was a force to be reckoned with. And now he's a beloved hero. I was interviewed a couple of moinths ago for a book promo, and one of the questions was who, if I could choose anybody now or in the past I'd like to have dinner with, who would it be, and I chose Yogi Berra.