“It ain’t over…”

Source: BBC News Magazine, September 23

Many of the celebrated “Yogi-isms” of Yogi Berra – who has died aged 90 – were repeatedly cited for their ridiculousness. But one has come in very useful, writes Gareth Rubin.

“It ain’t over till it’s over.” Well, you can’t argue with that.

American baseball legend Yogi Berra first uttered the phrase about baseball’s 1973 National League pennant race. His team was a long way behind when he said it and they did eventually rally to win the division title.

It’s not the only offbeat quote from the sportsman – there’s also the existential, “It’s like deja-vu all over again” or the wry “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t go to yours” – but there is something about the never-say-die, no-matter-the-odds-we-can-do-this spirit of “It ain’t over…” that finds a place to inspire, time and time again.

It tells people to wait, don’t make a judgement yet, because the struggle still might be turned around.


One response to ““It ain’t over…”

  1. Sometimes it’s true but not always. Sometimes it’s over before it’s over, e.g., the end of the Second World War in Europe.