While I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Mets (well, and Yankees) legend Yogi Berra this morning. I felt compelled to share a conversation had on my Facebook page during which Yogi gave us one last chuckle.
One commenter suggested that Yogi was the “Arnold Palmer of baseball” to which I responded that we needed to create a drink in honor of him. I came up with the following:
- Half club soda
- Half seltzer
- Half carbonated water
My plan is to order one at a restaurant in the near future. Here is how I envision the conversation:
Me: I have a Yogi Berra.
Server: Never heard of that sir. What is in it?
Me: Easy it is half club soda, half seltzer and half carbonated water.
Server: Okay… Wait… what?
As a youth I proudly wore number 8 in honor of him. He was the manager of the Mets at the time.
Yogi is truly a hero of mine. Not only is he the only person I can think of who bridges the Met-Yankee divide, but his legendary reformulations of quotations are always inspirational.
When speaking I often refer to him as “that great American philosopher, Yogi Berra.” In my book he is up there with Walt Whitman, Mark Twain and Will Rogers.
My personal favorite quote: We made too many wrong mistakes.
Much wisdom in that.
RIP, Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra (May 12, 1925 – September 22, 2015)