'Yogi-isms' just good advice

July 07, 2012|Joel Huffer

About eight months ago, we got a new email system at The Herald-Mail, a switch that put all Schurz Communications properties “on the same page,” so to speak.

The change allowed us to more easily share documents, calendars and other items important to our daily functions.

From a business standpoint, I can see how the conversion made sense. Personally, I’m still trying to make sense of the conversion.

For starters, I’m not a high-tech, bells-and-whistles kind of guy. I don’t own a GPS, an mp3 or an iAnything. My cellphone, a pay-as-you-go flip model, is at least five years old. And the only tablet I own is one that I write on with a ballpoint pen.

So most of the gadgets, gizmos and functions (or labels, labs and filters as they are called) of the new email are lost on me.

But there is one feature that I have come to appreciate, perhaps because it often appears in the midst of my most-recent email conundrum.

It appears in a gray bar across the top of the inbox, along with trending videos and the day’s top news, sports and entertainment stories. It’s the funny quote of the day, and more than once it’s turned a scowl into a smile.

Tuesday’s quote was from Yogi Berra, the former New York Yankees player and manager. “You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you,” it said.

It’s just one of many Yogi-isms, sayings attributed to Berra, who perhaps became more well-known for his fracturing of the English language than for his skills on the diamond.

As I searched the Internet for a few more of his quotes, I started to think they could be good advice for the people trying to advance the multiuse stadium project in downtown Hagerstown.

One of Berra’s most famous remarks — “It’s deja vu all over again” — seems quite appropriate. After all, a new stadium for the city isn’t a new idea.

It’s just, as Berra might have said, “being reinvented” by a new group of people — a group that might want to consider some of his other wisdom:

For instance:

“If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.”

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

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

“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”

“Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded.”

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

“It was impossible to get a conversation going; everybody was talking too much.”

And, of course, there is Berra’s most famous quote, the one on which those hoping for downtown revitalization are hanging their caps:

“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

Joel Huffer is assistant city editor of The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-791-7796 or by email at

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