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Yogi Berra’s simple wisdom

Major League Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra
Major League Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra AP

When Yogi Berra met Pope John XXIII, the pontiff greeted him with, “Hello, Yogi.”

Berra’s reply: “Hello, Pope.”

It’s a stretch to say they were talking as fellow spiritual leaders. But Berra, the New York Yankees championship baseball player and manager who died Tuesday at 90, spoke with wisdom that gave him a following far beyond the sports page:

▪ “You got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.”

▪ “You observe a lot by watching.”

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

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

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

▪ “If you can’t imitate somebody, don’t copy him.”

▪ “The only stories I read are the box scores.”

▪ “If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer.”

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

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