• Godzilla Goes Yogi

    Posted by on November 30th, 2007 · Comments (3)

    From AFP in Tokyo

    Japanese baseball star Hideki Matsui expressed hope Friday that recent surgery on his troubled knee would give his career a boost after what he called a bad season with the New York Yankees.

    “To put it in one word, it wasn’t a very good year,” the 33-year-old told reporters on his return home from New York. “We did not stop short by a step but by a few steps.”

    To put it in one word, it wasn’t a very good year.


    That’s right up there with Joaquin Andujar when he said: “There is one word in America that says it all, and that word is, ‘You never know.’”

    Speaking of Yogi, this is a great one too, from the Aiken Standard a couple of weeks ago:

    Tears, applause and laughter filled the Aiken Electric Cooperative Community Room Thursday night as former New York Yankee great and South Carolina baseball coach Bobby Richardson addressed the crowd at the Palmetto Fellowship of Christian Athletes Development Dinner.

    A lighter moment came when Richardson shared a memorable story about playing in a golf tournament with legendary Yankee catcher Yogi Berra, known as much for his “Yogisms” as he is for his pursuits on the baseball field.

    “I was asking Yogi about making the Aflac commercial with the ducks, and he was explaining how they had three different ducks that were trained with a whistle,” remembered Richardson. “He said they filmed for hours in a barbershop and used all of the ducks to shoot the piece.”

    Berra, according to Richardson, would not offer up just how much he was paid to shoot the commercial, which pokes fun of Yogi’s head-shaking quotes while a frustrated duck tries to convince the barber shop patrons to switch their insurance to Aflac. He did, however, provide another piece of insight into the filming of the add.

    “You know,” Berra told Richardson, “those ducks don’t really talk.”

    Gotta love the Yog.

    Comments on Godzilla Goes Yogi

    1. MJ
      November 30th, 2007 | 2:16 pm

      That’s hysterical!

      Yogi’s a one of a kind. Man, when he goes…that’s a huge hit to the family.

    2. j
      November 30th, 2007 | 3:03 pm

      Perhaps something is being lost in translation, at Matsui does not speak English. Maybe he meant “to put it succinctly”? Or maybe in Japanse “not very good” can be said in one word?

    3. Yu Hsing Chen
      December 1st, 2007 | 8:49 pm

      3rd on the team in OPS+ 2nd in HR and RBI, so Matsui’s only “good” year would be when he wins in MVP 😛

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