Book Review by Tony Barrow
When reading the book “What Time Is It? You Mean Now?” by Yogi Berra with Dave Kaplan, I went in with the assumption that the entire thing was going to be a joke an it was going to be a “light” read. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
This was a considerably good book, which could be because I am a baseball player and have played the game my entire life. Yeah, some of the things Yogi says are even a little too out there for most baseball players. But he keeps things simple and light-hearted and has lived that way his entire life. The book is subtitled, “Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All.”
The whole book is Mr. Berra discussing his views on baseball, life, and how the game has changed throughout the years since he played. He is a St. Louis native who loves the game for what it was. He didn’t care about the money, nor did most of his teammates. In the book, he really expressed how much the players, during his time, loved the game and just played because it’s what they knew and grew up with it.
The book is a Q&A-type interview and, before reading, I thought I knew quite a bit about Yogi Berra but, by the end, I realized this read is like getting to sit down one-to-one with him and just listen to some fantastic stories.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys baseball or just loves the nostalgic feel Yogi Berra has to offer.
(Note: The book includes the humorous “Yogi-isms” of wit and ponderings, such as: “It’s deja vu all over again.” “It gets late early out there.” “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” “Ninety percent of the game is half-mental.” “If you ask me a question, I don’t know, I’m not going to answer.” “Pair up in threes.” And, “It’s so crowded, nobody goes there.” )