Updated: May 16
Actually, I’m using some poetic license here – you’ll see why.
Yesterday in the late afternoon – after my breakfast - I went out for a walk. Retirement is grand – breakfast any time of day!
Outside, I met Jess, one of John’s friends. We were chit chatting about life and I mentioned one of my favorite wisdom sayings from one of my favorite guru’s – a certain yogi – not from India but from St. Louis, and later, Montclair, NJ. You fans already know about whom I’m speaking.
Gripe: I really don’t like the writing convention that recommends not ending a sentence with a preposition. That said, here’s my preferred way to say my previous sentence: “You fans know who I’m talking about.” Ah, that feels better.
Here’s the quip:
Since we’re talking about yogis, I could add references to how similar his wisdom statement is to the Buddhist witnessing our thoughts practice – but I won’t. Oh, yeah – about my use of poetic license. There was no American League East Division until the 1969 season, so, technically, Yogi was never a part of this division – but it made for a catchy title (and apropos for a catcher).
With that, Jess started telling me about the summers she worked at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, which was about an hour’s drive from her Albany home. During those times, she met Yogi and other players and got to know him. She said he was a likable guy.
We finished our conversation and I walked about half a block and saw this on the path ahead of me – I’m not making this up – it really unfolded just like this. I called to John and Jess and they will confirm my story (I promised them tickets to next week’s game).
I know what Yogi said…
…so, using my best 7th inning stretch, I reached for the object destiny had placed before me.
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“As he so perfectly put it: ‘I never said most of the things I said.’ Here are 50 of our favorites.” (Read article for all 50)
These first two have some echoes of our current time of crisis:
5. No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.
17. The future ain’t what it used to be.
Here are a few more for your enjoyment:
24. You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.
26. Even Napoleon had his Watergate.
31. I don’t know (if they were men or women fans running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads.
44. Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.
49. If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.