Ready or not here comes Yogi Berra


Yogi-isms are coming to golf.

Yogi Berra, the former New York Yankees catcher, takes over as host to the Bob Hope Classic in two weeks.

Yogi was, well, Yogi in a media teleconference call Tuesday when explaining how often he’s still recognized in public.

“A lot of people look at me, they say, `Boy, you look just like Yogi Berra.’ I say, `Yeah, a lot of people tell me that,’” Berra said.

Berra says he loves golf. Though he was a left-handed hitter in baseball, he plays golf right-handed. He said he disliked his slice as a left-handed golfer but accidentally discovered he didn’t have the slice playing right-handed.

“I was behind a tree at my golf course and I couldn't hit it left handed, so I borrowed a club from the guy I was playing with and hit it right handed, and I hit it good,” Berra said. “I said, `I'm going to start playing right handed.”’

As Yogi once famously said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

Berra was asked Tuesday if all the strange quotes attributed to him really came out of his mouth.

'They're mostly mine, they really are true, all of them,' he said.

Here are some other famous quotes attributed to Berra over the years:

'Baseball is 90 percent mental, the other half is physical.'

'It's like deja-vu all over again.'

'Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded.'

'It ain't over till it's over.'

'You can observe a lot just by watching.'

'You should always go to other people's funerals, otherwise, they won't come to yours.'

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

Yogi's a beloved figure and safe choice as tournament host. Justin Timberlake seems to enjoy the host's role at his event. But it gets me wondering. Who would get you excited as host of a PGA Tour event? Somebody more edgy? Bill Murray? Ray Romano? Samuel L. Jackson? Charles Barkley? Alice Cooper? Ray Romano? And do you think famous hosts today would work the way they once did in golf, back when Bing Crosby, Jackie Gleason and Bob Hope were hosts? Would they add anything meaningful to spice up the schedule here and there, especially in weeks where the fields aren't typically the strongest?