Friday, May 06, 2005

Baseball Quotes

Wives of ballplayers, when they teach their children their prayers, should instruct them how to say:  "God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, God bless Babe Ruth.  Babe Ruth has upped Daddy's paycheck by fifteen to forty percent." ~Waite Hoyt Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster.  ~Attributed to both Joe Adcock and Curt Simmons Baseball is the only place in life where a sacrifice is really appreciated.  ~Author Unknown Ideally, the umpire should combine the integrity of a Supreme Court judge, the physical agility of an acrobat, the endurance of Job and the imperturbability of Buddha.  ~"The Villains in Blue," Time magazine, 25 August 1961 I've come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen.  ~Bob Lemon, 1981 No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games.  No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games.  It's the other third that makes the difference.  ~Tommy Lasorda You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow.  Tomorrow it may rain.  ~Leo Durocher, in New York Times, 16 May 1965 You can't sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock.  You've got to throw the ball over the goddamn plate and give the other man his chance.  That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all.  ~Earl Weaver It's no coincidence that female interest in the sport of baseball has increased greatly since the ballplayers swapped those wonderful old-time baggy flannel uniforms for leotards.  ~Mike Royko Pro-rated at 500 at-bats a year that means that for two years out of the fourteen I played, I never even touched the ball.~Norm Cash, on his 1,081 strikeouts During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times.  I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times.  You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season.  That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.  ~Mickey Mantle, 1970 Sandy's fastball was so fast, some batters would start to swing as he was on his way to the mound.  ~Jim Murray, on Sandy Koufax I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks in batting practice.  ~Casey Stengel, 1967 Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem.  ~Saul Steinberg The strongest thing that baseball has going for it today are its yesterdays.  ~Lawrence Ritter The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid.  And if the hitter is timid, he has to remind the hitter he's timid.  ~Don Drysdale, quoted in New York Times, 9 July 1979 It ain't like football.  You can't make up no trick plays.  ~Yogi Berra Baseball, to me, is still the national pastime because it is a summer game.  I feel that almost all Americans are summer people, that summer is what they think of when they think of their childhood.  I think it stirs up an incredible emotion within people.  ~Steve Busby, in Washington Post, 8 July 1974 A baseball fan has the digestive apparatus of a billy goat.  He can, and does, devour any set of diamond statistics with insatiable appetite and then nuzzles hungrily for more.  ~Arthur Daley That's the true harbinger of spring, not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on a ball.  ~Bill Veeck, 1976 A baseball park is the one place where a man's wife doesn't mind his getting excited over somebody else's curves.  ~Brendan Francis Every player should be accorded the privilege of at least one season with the Chicago Cubs.  That's baseball as it should be played - in God's own sunshine.  And that's really living.  ~Alvin Dark Baseball is not necessarily an obsessive-compulsive disorder, like washing your hands 100 times a day, but it's beginning to seem that way.  We're reaching the point where you can be a truly dedicated, state-of-the-art fan or you can have a life.  Take your pick.  ~Thomas Boswell, Washington Post, 13 April 1990 This is a game to be savored, not gulped.  There's time to discuss everything between pitches or between innings.  ~Bill Veeck A critic once characterized baseball as six minutes of action crammed into two-and-one-half hours.  ~Ray Fitzgerald, in Boston Glove, 1970 I don't know why people like the home run so much.  A home run is over as soon as it starts.... The triple is the most exciting play of the game.  A triple is like meeting a woman who excites you, spending the evening talking and getting more excited, then taking her home.  It drags on and on.  You're never sure how it's going to turn out.  ~George Foster, 1978 Baseball is a game dominated by vital ghosts; it's a fraternity, like no other we have of the active and the no longer so, the living and the dead.  ~Richard Gilman The other sports are just sports.  Baseball is a love.  ~Bryant Gumbel, 1981 There have been only two geniuses in the world.  Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare.  ~Tallulah Bankhead Baseball fans love numbers.  They love to swirl them around their mouths like Bordeaux wine.  ~Pat Conroy Don't tell me about the world.  Not today.  It's springtime and they're knocking baseball around fields where the grass is damp and green in the morning and the kids are trying to hit the curve ball.  ~Pete Hamill More than any other American sport, baseball creates the magnetic, addictive illusion that it can almost be understood.  ~Thomas Boswell, in Inside Sports Baseball?  It's just a game - as simple as a ball and a bat.  Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes.  It's a sport, business - and sometimes even religion.  ~Ernie Harwell, "The Game for All America," 1955 I don't love baseball.  I don't love most of today's players.  I don't love the owners.  I do love, however, the baseball that is in the heads of baseball fans.  I love the dreams of glory of 10-year-olds, the reminiscences of 70-year-olds.  The greatest baseball arena is in our heads, what we bring to the games, to the telecasts, to reading newspaper reports.  ~Stan Isaacs, "Diamond-Studded Memories," Newsday, 9 April 1990 Baseball is a harbor, a seclusion from failure that really matters, a playful utopia in which virtuosity can be savo

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