At one point museum director David Kaplan shows a short movie about Berra, narrated by James Earl Jones, and Berra stands and quietly watches himself. If ever a man looked like a yogi, it is Berra, and it is now. He watches highlights of himself as a player. He watches himself perform in television commercials. He listens to a few of his Yogi-isms, the most famous of which is "It ain't over till it's over." He supposedly said that when he was managing the Mets in 1973, eventually taking them to the World Series. He probably didn't say it quite that way—the Berra quote that definitely made the papers was, "We're still in it, ain't we?" He may also have said, "We're not out till we're out."
Yogi Berra still thinks constantly about baseball. But you have to ask. If you do ask, you might hear him say that he thinks teams should take more infield practice before games. He thinks underhand toss doesn't really help hitters with their timing. If you ask, he might tell you when he watched football films with Vince Lombardi or how pitchers might try to pitch Albert Pujols. But you have to ask. And even then, he might not say anything. He would rather listen. He likes those silences.
So what's that three-word Berra quote promised above? One of the players who does ask for advice all the time is Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. The two men have built a close relationship. And Berra remembers watching Jeter strike out on an eye-high fastball. The next day he asked Jeter why he would swing at such a lousy pitch. Jeter said, "Well, you did."
To which Yogi Berra replied, "I hit 'em."