For Memorial Day, I would like to direct you to an interview with Yogi Berra, who before becoming one of the greatest catchers of all time, was a sailor in World War II.
Go here for this great interview.
Berra is also well known for his pithy comments and witticisms, known as Yogiisms.
As a general comment on baseball: “Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.”
On why he no longer went to a popular St. Louis restaurant: “Nobody goes there no more; it’s too crowded!”
“It ain’t over till it’s over.” – After Berra’s 1973 Mets trailed the Chicago Cubs by 9½ games in the National League East; the Mets rallied to win the division title on the penultimate day of the season.
When giving directions to his New Jersey home, which was equally accessible via two different routes: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
On being the guest of honor at an awards banquet: “I’d like to thank all those who made this night necessary.”
“It’s like déjà vu all over again”. Berra explained that this quote originated when he witnessed Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly hit back to back home runs in the Yankees’ seasons in the early 1960s.
“You can observe a lot by just watching.”
“Always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise they won’t come to yours.”