Yogi Berra made it to baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
He played for 19 years and won 10 World Series with the Yankees.
He was known for his odd expressions. His “Yogi-isms” made no sense, but they all had an element of truth about baseball and life in general. His most famous quote is, “It ain’t over till it’s over” meaning that a last-minute comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning is always possible. Many Yogi-isms seem to apply to things other than baseball. Consider my HVAC system. It is more like the 1962 NY Mets than the 1927 NY Yankees as it always needs a repair. Berra’s quote “It’s like déjà vu all over again,” is my feeling when it decides to break down every spring. My HVAC technician is a big Yankee fan and visits me at least twice a year. He always greets me with another Berra quote, “If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be” as if to make me feel better about another big repair bill. When I asked him why my HVAC system breaks down so often, he answered with another quote from the Yankee great, “If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer.” He finally admitted to me using another Yogi-ism and said, “We (meaning me) made too many wrong mistakes” when my HVAC unit was installed. I complained with a Yogism of my own about the cost of a new central heating and air conditioning system. I said, “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” I’ll follow Yogi’s advice, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it,” when deciding to buy a new HVAC system.