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When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom From One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes Paperback – May 22, 2002
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Like its predecessor, The Yogi Book, Fork is essentially a collection of Yogi's well-traveled observations from out of left field, but it's much more than just déjà vu all over again. Instead of explaining, as he has before, what prompted a particular Yogi-ism or what he was really trying to say, Yogi does his best to go deep. The charm is that Yogi's so guileless, he makes it work--there's sagacity in his simplicity. Each Yogi-ism gets its own short chapter in which Yogi riffs off the phrase to dispense a bit of homespun wisdom and inspiration. "It gets late early out there"--we get old before we're ready, but here's how to cope with it. "If you can't imitate him, don't copy him"--we all need to be true to ourselves. With Yogi's latest career as a successful author, not only ain't it over for him, there's happily no end in sight. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This book contains many of Yogi's most famous aphorisms, followed by essays that explain what he means . . . in other words.
Here are some of my favorites among his aphorisms in this book (which double as titles for the essays):
"We Have a Good Time Together, Even When We're Not Together."
"If People Don't Want to Come Out to the Park, Nobody's Going to Stop Them."
"Ninety Percent of the Game Is Half Mental."
"You Observe a Lot by Watching."
"It's Deja Vu All Over Again."
"We Made Too Many Wrong Mistakes."
"It Gets Late Early Out Here."
"Nobody Goes There Any More, It's Too Crowded."
"I Love Movies When I Like Them."
"If the World Were Perfect, It Wouldn't Be."
"Always Go to Other People's Funerals, Otherwise They Won't Go to Yours."
"Ninety Percent of Short Putts Don't Go In."
The beauty of Yogi's aphorisms is that we know exactly what he means, which we don't always appreciate about what more learned types have to say. The unusual content also jolts us into paying attention, instead of putting us into a mild doze.
About the aphorisms themselves, Yogi says this, "I don't think I ever said anything intentionally humorous in my life."
You could sum up his philosophy as "I really have no regrets." Yogi basically suggests that you take life as it comes, make the best of what it offers, and move on.Read more ›
Confused by my weird sayings yet? You would truly have to appreciate Yogi to get the significant meaning behind them. In this wonderful book, you get to know him just a little bit better.
Berra has such an intuitive mind for the game of baseball, and he has certainly played for or coached his fair share of championship teams. He let's us in to the secrets of the sport, not to mention his amazing pearls of wisdom. With each gem of a story, there is a certain hidden life lesson to be learned. He hides nothing and tells it like it is in a true, matter-of-fact type literary voice.
There are also some truly wonderful pictures in the book. Overall, it flows very smoothly, and thanks to his bits of humor added here and there, the book winds up being a really quick, yet enjoyable read. This book has a lot to offer everyone, not just fans of the game.
I also enjoyed learning a little more about Yogi's personal life - heck, I didn't even know how he got the name Yogi before I read this book. Here's a kid born in St.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great take on life! We can all benefit from experience whether i't be others or our own. Yogi reminds us to respect others.Published 1 month ago by wapitilady
Great advice - easy to read and puts great context behind all of Yogi's statements.Published 2 months ago by Spartans#1
No other person has ever been quote more than Yogi Berra. This book explains the logic of Yogi. A must have to understand life.Published 5 months ago by James
Quick read, great story about yogi and his mannerisms. Liked it a lot.Published 6 months ago by Bosh
Gave as a gift - recipient liked it a lot when they received it Christmas 2015 - don't know any more than this. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Red Sox fan