SLPL 2002 Quotes Archive

Oct 27 "Somewhere, Gene Autry is smiling right now," ~Bud Selig
Oct 26 "There's no room for fear here, or else you're going to go home. We battle until the last out of the game. Until they kick us out of the park and say you've got to go home, we're not giving up." ~Scott Spiezio
Oct 25 "There's no panic in here. Yeah, we're down. But it's a seven-game series for a reason. For us to win, it's going to have to go seven." ~Darin Erstad
Oct 24 "I won't talk about me. This World Series is bigger than any individual player. You just want to make a contribution." ~Jeff Kent
Oct 23 "I was just trying to get a pitch over the plate I could hit hard." ~David Bell
Oct 22 "I never lose in October." ~Livan Hernandez, before the 2002 World Series
Oct 21 "If we didn't have confidence in anyone in our bullpen except John Lackey and Francisco (Rodriguez) and Percy (closer Troy Percival), it's going to be tough for us to win this series." ~Mike Scioscia
Oct 20 "We knew there was going to be a hero in the dugout, and tonight it was me." ~Tim Salmon
Oct 19 "For Barry to start a Series like that, it's a very good sign. He was very focused tonight, very silent." ~Dusty Baker
Oct 18 "If Anaheim continues getting contributions from everybody (three home runs in one game from Adam Kennedy? Strikeouts by the dozen from reliever Francisco Rodriguez?), I don't see the Angels getting beat. They've got a very special thing going on right now." ~Scott Miller
Oct 17 "I think this team is attractive to the nation just because of the grit it's shown. Coming from nowhere, the Cinderella story. There is an attractiveness to this team. A lot of the guys are understated. And we've got our star players who have toiled in obscurity. Now they're coming out, and it's a good group -- gutty and gritty. Beating the Yankees put us on the map." ~Bud Black
Oct 16 "Growing up in Southern California, there were so many options. The Dodgers, the Angels, the Lakers, the Rams and Raiders. In San Francisco, they're loyal. They root for the Orange and Black." ~J.T. Snow
Oct 15

"...If Barry Bonds stays healthy, [San Francisco] will hang around and eventually be very dangerous. The NL West is a good division top to bottom, but it isn't a great division, and 88-90 wins may be enough to win it." ~Peter Gammons' 2002 Predictions (Postscript: The Giants won 95 games but did not win the division)

"How good are [the Anaheim Angels]? ... They are a dangerous, potentially competitive team in the best division in baseball, which is why it will be so hard for the wild card to come out of the AL West." ~Peter Gammons' 2002 Predictions (Postscript: The Angels won 99 games and were the American League wild card.)

Oct 14 "The Giants are going to the World Series!" ~Joe Buck
Oct 13 "It's like we're paving a new road here. I think this has put to rest a lot of that pain in the past." ~Tim Salmon
Oct 12 "We had to win this game today to make it a series. If you go down 3-0, it would be really tough. We made it a competitive series. But they're still in charge." ~Tony La Russa
Oct 11 "It's fantastic. I've never seen so much fan support. It's a great feeling to come home and play in an atmosphere like this. It's like playing in Yankee Stadium -- but with the fans behind us." ~Troy Percival
Oct 10 "To come in here and win two games, you think about how many times we've been heartbroken in the bottom of the ninth in this park. We had a number of heroes tonight." ~Dusty Baker
Oct 9 "This is the playoffs, you have fun, you enjoy it. I don't think I did anything wrong. We were kicking their butts, and they wanted to do something to upset me." ~Kenny Lofton
Oct 8 "This is the game we play against Anaheim every time. One run, one way or the other, one pitch decides it. It's exciting baseball. You can't ask for much more as a fan or as a player." ~A.J. Pierzynski
Oct 7 "I'm happy for the city of San Fancisco, our organization, all the players ... man, this is a wonderful, wonderful feeling." ~Dusty Baker
Oct 6 "We weren't supposed to be here! We weren't supposed to be here!" ~Torii Hunter
Oct 5 "It's been a long time coming for myself and this organization, a lot of blood, sweat and tears. To finally come through and do it, it's just special." ~Tim Salmon
Oct 4 "I think you have to credit the Angels. We were winning 6-1, we just couldn't hold it. Our pitching just couldn't hold it." ~Joe Torre
Oct 3 "They're the world champions and will keep fighting until the end, but it will be a nice flight back to St. Louis." ~Fernando Vina
Oct 2 "Obviously, Barry gets most of the attention, and he deserves the attention, but we have a really good ballclub up and down the lineup." ~Russ Ortiz
Oct 1 "I feel very, very bad that I put us in such a deep hole from the get-go. My slider was flat. My fastball fell on the middle of the plate. Going up against probably the best lineup in the National League, the two don't mix." ~Randy Johnson
Sept 29 "The playoffs are the wedge between the season and the World Series. If you lose, it means you won't be going to the greatest sports event in this country...You're forgotten by Thanksgiving." ~Tim McCarver
Sept 28 "I am ... happy to speak my words at the university graduation. A lot of people have been quoting me ever since I came to play for the Yankees in 1946. But, as I once said, I really didn't say everything I said. So now it's my turn. I want to give some of my famous advice to the graduates. First, never give up, because it ain't over 'til it's over. Second, during the years ahead, when you come to the fork in the road, take it. Third, don't always follow the crowd, because nobody goes there any more; it's too crowded. Fourth, stay alert. You can observe a lot by watching. Fifth, and last, remember that whatever you do in life, 90 percent of it is half mental. In closing, I want to quote myself again: Thank you, Montclair State University, for making this day necessary." ~Yogi Berra
Sept 27 "Sanguillen is totally unpredictable to pitch to because he's so unpredicatable." ~Jerry Coleman
Sept 26 "Baseball is democracy in action: in it all men are 'free and equal,' regardless of race, nationality, or creed. Every man is given the rightful opportunity to rise to the top on his own merits ... It is the fullest expression of freedom of speech, freedom of press, and freedom of assembly in our national life." ~Francis Trevelyan Miller
Sept 25 "Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what it most truly is is disguised combat. For all it's gentility, it's almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps." ~Willie Mays
Sept 24 "Baseball is really two sports -- the summer game and the autumn game. One is the leisurely pastime of our national mythology. The other is not so gentle." ~Thomas Boswell
Sept 23 "Baseball isn't a business, it's more like a disease." ~Walter F. O'Malley
Sept 22 "The season starts too early and finishes too late and there are too many games in between." ~Bill Veeck
Sept 21 "In baseball, you don't know nothing." ~Yogi Berra
Sept 20 "Many people think the Cards at the end of the wire will cross the finish line first." ~Jerry Coleman
Sept 19 "Baseball statistics are like a girl in a bikini. They show a lot, but not everything." ~Toby Harrah
Sept 18 "Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast." ~Joe Garagiola
Sept 17 "Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple." ~Barry Switzer
Sept 16 "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
Sept 15 "It's a weird scene. You win a few baseball games and all of a sudden, you're surrounded by reporters and TV men with cameras asking you about Vietnam and race relations." ~Vida Blue
Sept 14 "I remember a teacher once asking me, 'Don't you know anything?' and I said I don't even suspect anything." ~Yogi Berra
Sept 13 "I sure hope you're staying alive for the upcoming Dodgers series." ~Jerry Coleman
Sept 12 "It's a beautiful day for a night game." ~Announcer Frankie Frisch
Sept 11 "You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too." ~Roy Campanella
Sept 10 "A hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart
Sept 9 "No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined." ~Paul Gallico
Sept 8 "I'm convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather steal second base than an automobile." ~Tom Clark
Sept 7 "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore." ~Yogi Berra
Sept 6 "On the mound is Randy Jones, the left-hander with the Karl Marx hairdo." ~Jerry Coleman
Sept 5 "The hitter asks the owner to give him a big raise so he can go somewhere he's never been, and the owner says 'You mean third base?'" ~Henny Youngman
Sept 4 "Good pitching always stops good hitting and vice versa." ~Bob Veale
Sept 3 "Baseball is a lot like the Army, there aren't many individuals. About the only difference is that baseball players get to stay in nice hotels instead of barracks." ~Bill Lee
Sept 2 "I signed with the Milwaukee Braves for $3,000. That bothered my dad at the time, because he didn't have that kind of dough to pay out. But eventually, he scraped it up." ~Bob Uecker
Sept 1 "There's a fly ball to right field. DEEP right field. It's outta here! Off the wall." ~Ralph Kiner
Aug 31 "They've taken the foot off Johnny Grubb. Uh, they've taken the shoe off Johnny Grubb." ~Jerry Coleman
Aug 30 "It came down to us playing baseball or having our reputations and life ripped by the fans. Baseball would have never been the same if we had walked out.'' ~Steve Kline
Aug 29 "It will be a late night, pizza, soda-adrenaline night. Negotiations are really sensitive now. It's hard to express optimism or pessimism.'' ~Jeff Zimmerman
Aug 28 "A man ought to get all he can earn. A man who knows he's making money for other people ought to get some of the profit he brings in. Don't make any difference if it's baseball or a bank or a vaudeville show. It's business, I tell you. There ain't no sentiment to it. Forget that stuff." ~Babe Ruth
Aug 27 "If Satch (Satchel Paige) and I were pitching on the same team, we'd cinch the pennant by July Fourth and go fishing until World Series time."
- Dizzy Dean
Aug 26 "Philadelphia fans would boo funerals, an Easter egg hunt, a parade of armless war vets, and the Liberty Bell." ~Bo Belinsky
Aug 25 "The wind always seems to blow against catchers when they are running." ~Joe Garagiola
Aug 24 "I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house." ~Yogi Berra
Aug 23 "Over the course of a season, a miscue will cost you more than a good play." ~Jerry Coleman
Aug 22 "They shouldn't throw at me. I'm the father of five or six kids." ~Tito Fuentes
Aug 21 "I don't put any foreign substances on the baseball. Everything I use is from the good old USA." ~George Frazier
Aug 20 "The job of arguing with the umpire belongs to the manager, because it won't hurt the team if he gets thrown out of the game." ~Earl Weaver
Aug 19 "While he had a total of 40 home runs in his first two big-league seasons, it is unlikely that Aaron will break any records in this department." ~Furman Bisher
Aug 18 "Losing streaks are funny. If you lose at the beginning, you got off to a bad start. If you lose in the middle of the season, you're in a slump. If you lose at the end, you're choking." ~Gene Mauch
Aug 17 "We were overwhelming underdogs." ~Yogi Berra
Aug 16 "Thomas is racing for it, but McCovey is there and can't get his glove to it. That play shows the inexperience, not on Thomas' part, but on the part of Willie McC ... well, not on McCovey's part either." ~Jerry Coleman
Aug 15 "Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but there ain't no man got to be common." ~Satchel Paige
Aug 14 "Sporting goods companies pay me not to endorse their products." ~Bob Eucker
Aug 13 "I've got my faults, but living in the past isn't one of them. There's no future in it." ~Sparky Anderson
Aug 12 "Dear Mr. Kuhn, After twelve years in the major leagues, I do not feel that I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes" ~Curt Flood
Aug 11 "Trying to hit Sandy Koufax was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." ~Willie Stargell
Aug 10 "He is a big clog in their machine." ~Yogi Berra
Aug 9 "Rich Folkers is throwing up in the bullpen." ~Jerry Coleman
Aug 8 "Walter Johnson's fastball looked about the size of a watermelon seed and it hissed at you as it passed." ~Ty Cobb
Aug 7 "You can't hit what you can't see." ~Walter Johnson
Aug 6 "Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it, not hard enough and it flies away." ~Tommy Lasorda
Aug 5 "Most one-run games are lost, not won." ~Gene Mauch
Aug 4 "Playing without the fundamentals is like eating without a knife and fork. You make a mess." ~Dick Williams
Aug 3 "How can you think and hit at the same time?" ~Yogi Berra
Aug 2 "They throw Winfield out at second, but he's safe." ~Jerry Coleman
Aug 1 "Control is what kept me in the big leagues for twenty-two years." ~Cy Young
July 31 "A hitter's impatience is the pitcher's biggest advantage." ~Pete Rose
July 30 "When they operated, I told them to put in a Koufax fastball. They did — but it was Mrs. Koufax's." ~Tommy John
July 29 "I struck out with two men on base. I was so angry, so frustrated, I turned and without even thinking about it, snapped my bat over my thigh. The bat split right in half. Afterward, reporters asked me if it was the first time I'd ever broken a bat over my thigh. 'I broke an aluminum bat over my knee in college,' I said. (I was just kidding)." ~Bo Jackson
July 28 "'This is America,' my father used to say to me, 'and in this country, a smart young fellow like you can grow up and do just about anything.' My dad, no doubt, was thinking doctor, lawyer, teacher, scientist or businessman. I was thinking second baseman, New York Yankees." ~Senator Joe Lieberman
July 27 "Swing at the strikes." ~Yogi Berra
July 26 "Ozzie makes a leaping, diving stop, shovels to Fernando and everybody drops everything." ~Jerry Coleman
July 25 "There's nothing wrong with the Little League World Series that locking out the adults couldn't cure." ~Mike Penner
July 24 "You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
~Christy Mathewson
July 23 "The greatest thrill in the world is to end the game with a home run and watch everybody else walk off the field while you're running the bases on air." ~Al Rosen
July 22 "They should move first base back one step to eliminate all those close plays." ~John Lowenstein
July 21 "They brought me up with the Brooklyn Dodgers, which at the time was in Brooklyn." ~Casey Stengel
July 20 "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded." ~Yogi Berra
July 19 "I'm glad I don't play anymore. I could never learn all those handshakes." ~Phil Rizzuto
July 18 "I watch a lot of baseball on the radio." ~Gerald Ford
July 17 "The more self-centered and egotistical a guy is, the better ballplayer he's going to be. You take a team with twenty-five a**holes and I'll show you a pennant. I'll show you the New York Yankees." ~Bill Lee
July 16 "When the ball was last seen crossing the roof of the stand in deep right field at 315 feet, we wonder whether new baseballs conversing together in the original package ever remark: 'Join Ruth and see the world.' ~Columnist Heywood Broun
July 15 "Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson." ~Willie Mays
July 14 "Why certainly I'd like to have that fellow who hits a home run every time at bat, who strikes out every opposing batter when he's pitching, who throws strikes to any base or the plate when he's playing outfield and who's always thinking about two innings ahead just what he'll do to baffle the other team. Any manager would want a guy like that playing for him. The only trouble is to get him to put down his cup of beer and come down out of the stands and do those things." ~Danny Murtaugh
July 13 "If you don't catch the ball, you catch the home." ~Yogi Berra
July 12 "That noise in my earphones knocked my nose off and I had to pick it up and find it." ~Jerry Coleman
July 11 "Baseball is the belly of society. Straighten out baseball and you'll straighten out the rest of the world." ~Bill Lee
July 10 "Big Texas (Nolan Ryan) is here. The reason I like to keep Nolan around is he is a reminder that when we got done with the Sammy Sosa trade, there was still some talent on the Rangers." ~George W. Bush
July 9 "They got everything you could ask for in an All-Star Game except a winner." ~Bob Brenly
July 8 "The toughest assignment a baseball reporter has is the annual Major League All-Star game, because of its many added dimensions. Not only what happens on the field, but the players' team affiliations and past All-Star records, or lack of same, plus ever-changing lineup and position switches, plus the unique characteristics of the game itself - all these must be handled swiftly, completely, briefly, colorfully if possible, and with some semblance of putting first things first." - Charles Einstein
July 7 "They invented the All-Star game for Willie Mays." ~Ted Williams
July 6 "The first pitch to Tucker Ashford is grounded into left field. No, wait a minute. It's ball one. Low and outside." ~Jerry Coleman
July 5 "They can talk about Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby and Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio and Stan Musial and all the rest, but I'm sure not one of them could hold cards and spades to (Ted) Williams in his sheer knowledge of hitting. He studied hitting the way a broker studies the stock market, and could spot at a glance mistakes that others couldn't see in a week." ~Carl Yastrzemski
July 4 "Babe Ruth made a great mistake when he gave up pitching. Working once a week, he might have lasted a long time and become a great star." ~Tris Speaker, Spring 1921
July 3 "I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now then they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball." ~Gerald Early"
July 2 "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
July 1 "It's often said you win with pitching and defense. That's not true. You stop yourself from losing with pitching and defense, until the offense finds a way to score runs." ~Don Sutton
June 30 "There were times last year when people looked at the scoreboard and thought my batting average was the temperature." ~Buck Martinez
June 29 "I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won 25 games. What I don't understand is how he lost five." ~Yogi Berra
June 28 "It's a basehit on the error by Roberts." ~Jerry Coleman
June 27 "I hope this is not a fruition of things to come." ~Joe Carter
June 26 Joe McCarthy's Ten Commandments for Success in Baseball: (1) Nobody ever became a ballplayer by walking after a ball. (2) You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder. (3) An outfielder who throws in back of a runner is locking the barn after the horse is stolen. (4) Keep your head up and you may not have to keep it down. (5) When you start to slide, slide. He who changes his mind may have to change a good leg for a bad one. (6) Do not alibi on bad hops. Anybody can field the good ones. (7) Always run them out. You never can tell. (8) Do not quit. (9) Do not fight too much with the umpires. You cannot expect them to be as perfect as you are. (10) A pitcher who hasn't control hasn't anything.
June 25 "All winning teams are goal-oriented. Teams like these win consistently because everyone connected with them concentrates on specific objectives. They go about their business with blinders on; nothing will distract them from achieving their aims." ~Lou Holtz
June 24 "To a pitcher, a base hit is the perfect example of negative feedback." ~Steve Hovley
June 23 "If I were playing third base and my mother were rounding third with the run that was going to beat us, I'd trip her. Oh, I'd pick her up and brush her off and say, 'Sorry Mom, but nobody beats me.'" ~Leo Durocher
June 22 "DK (Darryl Kile) was a very special player. He was always the perfect teammate to all the guys who played with him." ~Don Baylor
June 21 "That's Hendrick's 19th home run. One more and he reaches double figures." ~Jerry Coleman
June 20 "The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided." ~Casey Stengel
June 19 "When you're in a slump, it's almost as if you look out at the field and it's one big glove." ~Vance Law
June 18 "The guy with the biggest stomach will be the first to take off his shirt at a baseball game." ~Glenn Dickey
June 17 "You teach me baseball and I'll teach you relativity ... No we must not. You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball." ~Albert Einstein
June 16 "When I played ball, I didn't play for fun ... It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a contest and everything that implies, a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest." ~Ty Cobb
June 15 "You can see a lot just by observing." ~Yogi Berra
June 14 "I don't mean he missed him, but he just didn't get him when he put the tag on him." ~Jerry Coleman
June 13 "There'll be two buses leaving the hotel for the park tomorrow. The two o'clock will be for those of you who need a little extra work. The empty will leave at five." ~Dave Bristol, ML manager, 1966-80
June 12 "I'm flattered that so many baseball people think I'm a Hall of Famer. But what's hard to believe is how 150-plus people have changed their minds about me since I became eligible, because I haven't had a base hit since then." ~Richie Ashburn
June 11 "Baseball is the only sport I know that when you're on offense, the other team controls the ball." ~Ken Harrelson
June 10 "One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something." ~Nolan Ryan
June 9 "The pitcher has got only a ball. I've got a bat. So the percentage of weapons is in my favor; I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting." ~Hank Aaron
June 8 "All pitchers are liars or crybabies." ~Yogi Berra
June 7 "Winfield goes back to the wall. He hits his head on the wall -- and it rolls off! It's rolling all the way back to second base! This is a terrible thing for the Padres." ~Jerry Coleman
June 6 "Fundamentals are the most valuable tools a player can possess. Bunt the ball into the ground. Hit the cutoff man. Take the extra base. Learn the fundamentals." ~Dick Williams
June 5 "Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher's mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again." ~Jimmy Piersal, on how to diaper a baby, 1968
June 4 "Baseball is a lot like life. The line drives are caught, the squibbles go for base hits. It's an unfair game." ~Rod Kanehl
June 3 "It was too bad I wasn't a second baseman; then I'd probably have seen a lot more of my husband." ~Karolyn Rose
June 2 "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
June 1 "Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and I have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure I'm lucky. Who wouldn't have considered it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball's greatest empire, Ed Barrows? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I'm lucky. When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat and vice versa, sends you a gift, that's something. When everybody down to the groundskeeper and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies, that's something. When you have a father and mother work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body, it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed, that's the finest I know. I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. And I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for." ~Lou Gehrig
May 31 "You can't compare me to my father. Our similarities are different." ~Dale Berra
May 30 "Professional baseball is on the wane. Salaries must come down or the interest of the public must be increased in some way. If one or the other does not happen, bankruptcy stares every team in the face." ~A.G. Spalding, 1881
May 29 "If you get fooled by a pitch with less than two strikes, take it." ~Ted Williams
May 28 "There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them works." ~Charlie Lau
May 27 "The first big league game I ever saw was at the Polo Grounds. My father took me, I remember it so well, the green grass and green stands. it was like seeing Oz." ~John Curtis
May 26

"To me and many others, the Mariners are the icon of the state of Washington, and I'm proud of my state heritage, and how the Mariners are representing it. . . However, in a day, a week, or a month's time, we may be called out to a place where we cannot hear the news of the Mariners winning the World Series. . . even though we are all weary and uncertain about the future, we are definitely ready to defend our country. That's our job. For all of those who play sports back home, keep doing your job well." ~Hospitalman Chris Reider of the U.S. Navy, 19 year old from Selah, Washington on the USS Peleliu that is out to sea. (Source: Art Thiel, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Medic tells wounded America: Sports has a noble duty, too" - October 9, 2001)

Click here to see the MLB's Hall-of-Fame compilation of "Members of the Baseball Hall of Fame who served in the Armed Services of the United States of America during Wartime"

May 25 "I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can." ~Babe Ruth
May 25 "Nothing flatters me more than to have it assumed that I could write prose-unless it be to have it assumed that I once pitched a baseball with distinction." ~Robert Frost
May 24 "I hate all hitters. I start a game mad and I stay that way until it's over." ~Don Drysdale
May 23 "Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing." ~Warren Spahn
May 22 "One thing all managers hear that doesn't make any sense at all is for a pitcher to say, 'I ought to have a right to stay in and win or lose my own game.' He doesn't have that right. It isn't just his game. There are 24 other players who have a stake in it, plus the manager and the coaches, and everybody else in the organization. All have worked to field the team and are affected by what happens." ~Harry Walker
May 21 "How hard is hitting? You ever walk into a pitch-black room full of furniture that you've never been in before and try to walk through it without bumping into anything? Well, it's harder than that." ~Ted Kluszewski
May 20 "Aw, how could Jorge Orta lose the ball in the sun ... he's from Mexico!" ~Harry Carry
May 19 "Baseball is ninety percent mental; the other half is physical." ~Yogi Berra
May 18 "If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base." ~Dave Barry
May 17 "I think a baseball field must be the most beautiful thing in the world. It's so honest and precise. And we play on it. Every star gets humbled. Every mediocre player has a great moment." ~Lowell Cohn
May 16 "It takes pitching, hitting and defense. Any two can win. All three make you unbeatable." ~Joe Garagiola
May 15 "I never thought home runs were all that exciting. I still think the triple is the most exciting thing in baseball. To me, a triple is like a guy taking the ball on his 1-yard line and running 99 yards for a touchdown." ~Hank Aaron
May 13 "Don Gullett's the only guy who can throw a baseball through a car wash and not get the ball wet." ~Pete Rose
May 12 "If the people don't want to come out to the ballpark, nobody's going to stop them " ~Yogi Berra
May 11 "The pitcher has to throw a strike sooner or later, so why not hit the pitch you want to hit and not the one he wants you to hit?" ~Johnny Mize
May 10 "When you think about it, a home run is a mistake. The idea is to hit the ball hard, on a line, so the defense can't react to it. Hit it high in the air, which is how most home runs are hit, and most of the time it will be caught. It's a mistake." ~Matt Williams
May 9 "Top Ten Signs an Umpire is Nuts. Number ten: His chest protector has large silicone implants. Number nine. Cleans home plate with his tongue. Number eight. The first batter has worked the count up to 46 balls, 29 strikes. Number seven. Makes own face mask out of bubble wrap and duct tape. Number six. Was seen checking into Motel 6 with the Philly Phanatic. Number five. Three small and very telling words: wears a cape. Number four. Keeps running up to fat guys in the stands and yelling, 'Babe Ruth! You're alive!' Number three. Insists that 'Baseball Fever' is the cause of that weird rash on his back. Number two. Whenever he sees a player adjusting himself, shouts, 'Ball two!' Number one. Long after the game has ended, he's still squatting." ~David Letterman
May 8 "What is both surprising and delightful is that spectators are allowed, and even expected, to join in the vocal part of the game.... There is no reason why the field should not try to put the batsman off his stroke at the critical moment by neatly timed disparagements of his wife's fidelity and his mother's respectability." ~George Bernard Shaw
May 7 "A baseball box score is a democratic thing. It doesn't tell how big you are, what church you attend, what color you are, or how your father voted in the last election. It just tells what kind of baseball player you were on that particular day." ~Branch Rickey
May 6 "The whole concept is to know what the guy up at bat is looking for but throw it at a different speed than he expects." Mike Boddicker
May 5 "Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire's eye or on the ball." ~Jim Murray
May 4 "My job isn't to strike guys out; it's to get them out, sometimes by striking them out." ~Tom Seaver
May 3 "Back then, my idol was Bugs Bunny, because I saw a cartoon of him playing ball ... you know, the one where he plays every position himself with nobody else on the field but him? Now that I think of it, Bugs is still my idol. You have to love a ballplayer like that." ~Nomar Garciaparra
May 2 "Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer." ~Ted Williams
May 1 "Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don't move." ~Satchel Paige
April 30  "When I was a small boy in Kansas, a friend of mine and I went fishing ... I told him I wanted to be a real Major League Baseball Player, a genuine professional like Honus Wagner. My friend said that he'd like to be President of the United States. Neither of us got our wish." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
April 29  "I'm always amazed when a pitcher becomes angry at a hitter for hitting a home run off him. When I strike out, I don't get angry at the pitcher, I get angry at myself. I would think that if a pitcher threw up a home run ball, he should be angry at himself." ~Willie Stargell
April 28 "Slump? I ain't in no slump. I just ain't hitting." ~Yogi Berra
April 27  "I think about the cosmic snowball theory. A few million years from now the sun will burn out and lose its gravitational pull. The earth will turn into a giant snowball and be hurled through space. When that happens it won't matter if I get this guy out." ~Bill "Spaceman" Lee
April 26  "Bob Gibson's the luckiest pitcher I've ever seen ... He always picks the night to pitch when the other team doesn't score any runs." ~Tim McCarver
April 25  "Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?" ~Jim Bouton
April 24  "Pro-rated at 500 at-bats per year, my 1,081 strike-outs would mean that for two years out of the 14 I played, I never touched the ball." ~Norm Cash
April 23  "The most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen." ~Bob Lemon 
April 22 "No one can stop a home run. No one can understand what it really is, unless you have felt it in your own hands and body...As the ball makes its high, long arc beyond the playing field, the diamond and the stands suddenly belong to one man. In that brief, brief time, you are free of all demands and complications." ~Sadaharu Oh 
April 21 "I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it." ~Rogers Hornsby
April 20 "Strikeouts are boring. They're fascist. Throw some ground balls, it's more Democratic." ~Crash Davis to Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh, Bull Durham

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