Whether it's wisdom, malapropism, or pure-and-simple Yogi-ism, perhaps no player in the history of baseball is more quoted than three-time MVP and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra. With his previous two powerhouse collections, It Ain't Over... and The Yogi Book, Yogi proved he could wear one more hat -- that of New York Times bestselling author -- and still bring the crowd to their feet. Now he returns with another heavy hitter, a book of inspiration and wisdom from one of the true greats in baseball, When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!
Here Yogi takes a long look at his career, the events that shaped it, and the quotes that became his unwitting trademark, bringing them together in a collection of inspiring stories from his life and from the world of baseball. But this is no Chicken Soup for the Baseball Player's Soul -- it's 100 percent Yogi. In the first chapter, which shares the title of the book, he writes, "Make a firm decision. Make sure it feels right. Learn from the choice you make. Don't second-guess yourself -- there's no need to give yourself ulcers. But my advice on big life decisions is to get advice if you can." With tales of childhood pickup games on the sandlots of The Hill area in St. Louis, serving on a six-man rocket boat at Omaha Beach, and sharing bench space with baseball greats like Joe DiMaggio, Yogi proves his life experience has made him a good man to turn to. And as always, no one dispenses wisdom quite like Yogi Berra. From "Ninety percent of the game is half mental," to "If you can't imitate him, don't copy him," this book is filled with more delightful quotes from the man we love to misunderstand.
As down-to-earth in style as it is spiritually uplifting in subject, When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! is not only a great read for fans of baseball. It is also the perfect gift for anyone who has reached a crossroads in life and is looking for guidance. Yogi advises, "Have a vision, a goal of what you want to do. Unless you're sure of where you want to go, you'll never get there." Whether it concerns getting out of a slump or making it through a record 75 World Series games, this is advice and inspiration of the sort you can only get from a father, a friend, a team manager, or, well, a hero. (Elise Vogel)