Baseball Quotes

Slump ? I ain't in no slump. I just ain't hittin....Yogi Berra.

We're supposed to be perfect our first day on the job and then show constant improvement....Ed Vargo.

If a man can beat you, walk him....Leroy (Satchel) Paige.

Hitting is 50% above the shoulders....Ted Williams.

That's why I don't talk. Because I talk too much....Joquin Andujar.

He's like an amusement-park ride - Even for guys who play....Ruben Amaro on Mark McGwire.

"I remember one game I got five hits and stole five bases, but none of it was written down because they forgot to bring the scorebook to the game that day."....James "Cool Papa" Bell.

"An ardent supporter of the home town team should go to a game prepared to take offense, no matter what happens."....Robert Benchley.

"In batting practice, I don't think I hit one ball hard. It was frustrating, that bat was no good."....Dante Bichette.

You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possible be - in baseball and in life....Pete Rose.

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.

I used to love to come to the ballpark. Now I hate it. Every day becomes a little tougher because of all this. Writers, tape recorders, microphones, cameras, questions and more questions. Roger Maris lost his hair the season he hit sixty-one. I still have all my hair, but when it's over, I'm going home to Mobile and fish for a long time....Hank Aaron.

Looking at the ball going over the fence isn't going to help....Hank Aaron.

The pitcher has got only a ball. I've got a bat. So the percentage of weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting....Hank Aaron.

He's been very talkative. But it is usually under oath....Sandy Alderson.

Some plays just come out of me, just on instincts. I'll make a play and wonder, How did I do that?....Roberto Alomar Baltimore.

You're only young once, but you can be immature forever....Larry Andersen.

Hold a baseball in your hand ... Feel the ball, turn it over in your hand; hold it across the seam or the other way, with the seam just to the side of your middle finger. Speculation stirs. You want to get outdoors and throw this spare and sensual object to somebody or, at the very least, watch somebody else throw it. The game has begun....Roger Angell.

Seen from this vantage point, the preoccupied fans below sometimes suggest a huddled, uncomplaining horde of immigrants stuffed into steerage on some endless voyage toward better luck-not an inappropriate image if we remind ourselves that this famous rustbucket, the good ship Cubbie, last dropped anchor in the shining harbor of the World Series in 1945....Roger Angell.

Baseball is the writer's game, and its train of thought, we come to sense, is a shuttle, carrying us constantly forward to the next pitch or inning, or the sudden double into the left-field corner, but we keep hold of the other half of our ticket, for the return trip on the same line. We anticipate happily, and, coming home, reenter an old landscape brightened with fresh colors. Baseball games and plays and mannerisms-the angle of a cap-fade stubbornly and come to mind unbidden, putting us back in some particular park on that special October afternoon or June evening. The players are as young as ever, and we, perhaps not entirely old....Roger Angell.

Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is succeed utterly; keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. You remain forever young....Roger Angell.

Trying to sneak a fastball past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster....Joe Adcock.

When we played softball, I'd steal 2nd base, feel guilty and go back....Woody Allen.

He's such a big, strong guy he should love that porch. He's got power enough to hit home runs in any park, including Yellowstone....Sparky Anderson.

"I didn't get over 1300 walks without knowing the strike zone."....Wade Boggs.

"That's the nicest thing a returning player could ever ask for. It shows how classy the New York Fans are. It gave me a warm feeling inside."....Wade Boggs.

"This is nothing. I've got nine writers standing here. McGwire had 200 writers when he had 30 home runs."....Barry Bonds.

"I can sit in a ballpark after a game and love looking at the field. Everybody's gone, and the ballpark is empty, and I'll sit there. I sit there and think, 'Is this as close to heaven as I'm going to get?' Or, 'If I get to heaven, will there be baseball?"....Kim Braatz-Voisard.

"Jackie was the greatest competitor I ever saw. He didn't win. He triumphed."....Ralph Branca.

"You know when you've got it made? When you get your name in the crossword puzzles."....Rocky Bridges.

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