If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer.


Yogi Berra.  File photo 1965 by Indy photographer Fred Parrish.
Yogi Berra. File photo 1965 by Indy photographer Fred Parrish.

That happens a lot with me. If it’s a simple choice ~ chocolate or vanilla, Swiss or Gruyère, chicken or fish ( it is wedding season, in case you didn’t know) ~ I can muster a reply.

saladBut ask me to choose a salad dressing from the 86 bottles on the shelf? Or a toothpaste from the 33 tubes offered?  Or decide which political candidates to support?  It’s mind-pummeling.


Object lesson: Yogi’s directions to his house at one end of a large circular road. 

I like simple options, don’t you?  



Psychologist Barry Schwartz thinks choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied. He says we’re overwhelmed by too many choices, a peculiar problem of an affluent society.

Schwartz argues that we have reached the point where we have too much of a good thing. Hmm, freedom and variety have a downside?

Here’s something to think about the next time you’re looking at fifty shades of white for your bathroom wall.

In spite of it all ~ the hard questions, the elusive answers ~ I think everything that is wonderful and important in this world begins with a choice.

And everything I need to know about choices, I learned from an Italian kid from The Hill. (Oh, and one from High Street.)


I admire Yogi’s incredible life beyond baseball and his quips. He enlisted in the Navy and served during the Normandy invasion as Allied forces fought to gain a foothold of the German-occupied French coastline on June 6, 1944.

Seventy years ago, this 19-year-old from St. Louis was on a small attack boat launching rockets.

Yogi Berra should be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A man of unimpeachable integrity and respect, he befriended the first black and Latino baseball players in Major League Baseball,” reads the petition request. “He is currently an ambassador for Athlete Ally, which promotes LGBT rights in sports. While with the Yankees, he created a scholarship at Columbia University that is still active 50 years later. His namesake Museum & Learning Center serves 20,000 students annually with character education programs and teaches the values of respect, sportsmanship and inclusion that Berra has demonstrated throughout his life and career.

Does Yogi deserve this honor?  I think he’s a set-off-the-fireworks inspired choice.

If you agree, you can sign the online petition here.

♥ Happy 90th birthday, mr. baseball. ♥ 


Toni 5/14/15