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Book Title: What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All|
The author of the book: Yogi Berra
Edition: Simon & Schuster
Date of issue: October 1st 2002
ISBN 13: 9780743237680
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I hate the Yankees. I hate Yankee fans. But Yogi I just have to love. I know Pudge Fisk would forgive me, because we're all catchers. This is a classic little book by a classy guy.
Here's an excerpt page 21, Are You Dead Yet?
Death is one of those things in life nobody like to think about. When you get older, you think about it more, but it's not good to dwell on. When people ask me if I'll be playing in a golf tournament next year, I say "If I'm alive." I don't mean anything by it, I'm just trying to be honest, because you never know.
Death is a terrible thing - you cant ignore the sorrow of it. I've lost a lot of good friends, many of them gone too young. Nothing really prepares you for it either. When my parents died, relatively young, it hit me hard. I still carry a remembrance of them every day.
Those of us who went through WWII saw enough life and death to put everything in perspective, especially things like sports. My mom was so worried about me in the service, she lit a candle and prayed every day. When I returned, I didn't want her to know I was to get a Purple Heart because the would've worried her only more. She didn't need to know what it was like.
They say baseball is like life, but it sure isn't life and death. ... People get too emotional about the game. Maybe that's why they call them die-hards. I don't know.
People everywhere die all the time. many of them too soon. Sometimes the threat of dying shows someone's true courage. I never met Lou Gehrig, but his farewell speech still gives me the chills. He called himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth and he was dying....
It was awful to see Catfish Hunter, one heck of a great guy, die from the same disease. Cat also had diabetes, but you never heard him complain, not once - I can't imagine how much pain he felt, or Mickey Mantle, either. I was proud of Mickey because he did something great in his last days, warning kids about drugs and drinking.
Maybe it's true that death can bring out the best in people. One of the best baseball movies I've ever seen iis "Bang the Drum Slowly" , which is sort of about death. Robert DeNiro played a catcher who used to get ragged on by his teammates. Then the DeNiro character got a serious disease and the players changed the way they treated him. They showed a real human side. The player eventually died, but it wasn't a tearjerker because his teammates learned to appreciate him and life even more.
A number of years ago Joe Gargiola went on his crusade against spit tobacco because he got tired of seeing players get cancer and die from it. Showing pictures of these guys who'd lost part of their faces brought it home to the young guys. They learned to respect life more, too. Joe taught them a powerful message.
***Everybody has to die some time, but the big thing is to take care of yourself - cherish life, get the most out of it. Losing loved ones is always hard because it's the end - it's final. I did tell Carm, though, that she ought to put on my tombstone "It's over."***
I'm not sure what it is about death that always fascinates people. A couple of years ago, reporters heard that Whitey Ford had some cancerous lesions removed, and they kept trying to call him, but nobody heard from him, and all I heard for days was "how's Whitey? how's Whitey?" Finally, I called him up and said, "You dead yet?". Whitey appreciated it because he knew what I meant. He was fine. He just didn't feel like talking to strangers about it.
I'm lucky that Carm is a very upbeat, positive person and doesn't dwell on this stuff either. One time, though, she did ask me where I should be buried. Our families are from St. Louis, where I grew up, my careers was in New York; we lived in New Jersey. I told Carm, "I don't know, just surprise me."
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