“Half the game is 90% mental.”
“If I didn’t wake up, I’d still be sleeping.”
“Slump? I ain’t in no slump. I just ain’t hittin.”
“Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical.”
“You can observe a lot just by watching.”
“He must have made that before he died.” — Referring to a Steve McQueen movie.
“I’d find the fellow who lost it, and, if he was poor, I’d return it.” — When asked what he would do if he found a million dollars.
“Think! How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time?”
“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.”
“I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.”
“If you don’t know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else.”
“If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him.”
“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.”
“It was impossible to get a conversation going; everybody was talking too much.”
“A nickel isn’t worth a dime today.”
“Nobody goes there anymore; it’s too crowded.”
“It gets late early out there.” — Referring to the bad sun conditions in left field at the stadium.
“Glen Cove.” — Referring to Glenn Close on a movie review television show.
Once, Yogi’s wife Carmen asked, “Yogi, you are from St. Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you played ball in New York. If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?” Yogi replied, “Surprise me.”
“Do you mean now?” — When asked for the time.
“I take a two hour nap, from one o’clock to four.”
“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” -giving directions to his house to Phil Rizzuto.
“You give 100 percent in the first half of the game, and if that isn’t enough in the second half you give what’s left.”
“90% of the putts that are short don’t go in.”
“I made a wrong mistake.”
“Texas has a lot of electrical votes.” — During an election campaign, after George Bush stated that Texas was important to the election.
“Thanks, you don’t look so hot yourself.” — After being told he looked cool.
“I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.”
“Yeah, but we’re making great time!” — In reply to “Hey Yogi, I think we’re lost.”
“If the fans don’t come out to the ball park, you can’t stop them.”
“Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.”
“It’s never happened in the World Series competition, and it still hasn’t.”
“How long have you known me, Jack? And you still don’t know how to spell my name.” — Upon receiving a check from Jack Buck made out to “bearer.”
“I’d say he’s done more than that.” — When asked if first baseman Don Mattingly had exceeded expectations for the current season.
“The other teams could make trouble for us if they win.”
“He can run anytime he wants. I’m giving him the red light.” — On the acquisition of fleet-footed Ricky Henderson.
“I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat, and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?”
“It ain’t the heat; it’s the humility.”
“The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.”
“You should always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”
“I didn’t really say everything I said.”