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Mickey, Whitey, Billy, Casey, Hank, “the Scooter”, “the Moose”, Tony, Bobbie, and then there was Yogi.
The Yankees were the rock of my childhood and Yogi was the glue that held the Yankees together. 
Thanks for the memories and for being “YOGI”
from a Bronx boy in the 50’s Steve

(CNN)You don’t have to be a baseball fan or even know who Yogi Berra was to appreciate his wacky way with words.

His colorful, disjointed sayings — known as Yogisms — have been quoted by countless politicians and are now fixtures of the American lexicon.

“I really don’t know why I say them,” he once told CNN. “It just comes out.”

Most of his Yogisms are either paradoxical or obviously redundant. But so-called Yogisms weren’t always uttered by the World Series champion.

“I never said some of the things I said,” he once said.

Here are some of his most memorable Yogisms that actually came from the Hall of Famer:

“It ain’t over till it’s over.”

“It’s déjà vu all over again.”

“When you come to a fork in the road … take it.”

The retired legendary catcher throws out the first pitch to start the Yankees' home season in April 2000.

“I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4.”

“Never answer an anonymous letter.”

“I didn’t really say everything I said.”

“I want to thank you for making this day necessary.”

“We made too many wrong mistakes.”

“You can observe a lot by watching.”

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”

“It gets late early out here.”

“If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.”

“If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.”

“Pair up in threes.”

“Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.”

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As the baseball world honors Derek Jeter at the All Star game and throughout the season, I am reminded of my baseball memories.

I grew up on Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford. My son took his first steps when Reggie Jackson hit his third home run in the World Series against the Dodgers.

I celebrated the 5 World Championships won with Derek Jeter and his Yankee teammates.

When I coached Little League I shared with the team that 20, 30 40 years from now, you will remember that one hit, that one defensive gem and the championship you won. Recently I ran into a number of my players who I coached 25 years ago. They smiled when they saw me, talked about the Red Sox and the championship we won and did remember that hit, that run and that game.

To this day, I remember with pride the pinch hit triple I got, with the bases loaded, that won the game for my Babe Ruth league team.

Baseball is America and what a representative Derek Jeter has been.

Mr. Jeter, the Captain, the Yankee, I salute your ethics, integrity, commitment to excellence and most of all your “class”.

Thank you for the memories of the past and have a great second half of the year. Enjoy your contribution as a role model and an example of commitment to excellence.

From a born Yankee fan, who saw DiMaggio, Rizutto, Berra, Mantle, Ford, Richardson, Kubek, Boyer, Maris, White, Jackson and others. Derek Jeter, you have moved to Number 1.

Thank you for the memories.

#10 Dan’s Bee’s, first baseman and outfielder – Steve Gerbsman

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