For the parents of a Little Leaguer, a baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown into innings
Pitchers, like poets, are born not made
You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way
Baseball is more than a game to me, it’s a religion
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.
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
When we lost I couldn’t sleep at night. When we win I can’t sleep at night. But when you win, you wake up feeling better
Be on time. Bust your butt. Play smart. And have some laughs along the way
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
Nolan Ryan is pitching much better now that he has his curve ball straightened out
Pitchers, like poets, are born not made.
I ain’t ever had a job. I just always played baseball
We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time
Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words
What does a mama bear on the pill have in common with the World Series? No cubs
The greatest feeling in the world is to win a major league game. The second-greatest feeling is to lose a major league game
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.
Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.
Players who commit errors need reassurance from the pitcher, who must harbor no grudges.
Baseball is very big with my people. It figures. It’s the only way we can get to shake a bat at a white man without starting a riot
The great thing about baseball is that there’s a crisis every game
Traditional gag notice hung in offices and factories at a time period when all games were played during daylight hours
Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things
Playing without the fundamentals is like eating without a knife and fork. You make a mess
Baseball is too much of a sport to be called a business, and too much of a business to be called a sport
It actually giggles at you as it goes by
Baseball is like church. Many attend but few understand
I was never nervous when I had the ball, but when I let go I was scared to death.
I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?
Baseball is a harbor, a seclusion from failure that really matters, a playful utopia in which virtuosity can be savored to the third decimal place of a batting average
Every hitter likes fastballs, just like everybody likes ice cream. But you don’t like it when someone’s stuffing it into you by the gallon. That’s what it feels like when Nolan Ryan’s thrown balls by you.
Baseball is dull only to dull minds
I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain’t never been seen by this generation
Though I like the various forms of football in the world, I don’t think they begin to compare with these two great Anglo-Saxon ball games for sophisticated elegance and symbolism. Baseball and cricket are beautiful and highly stylized medieval war substitutes, chess made flesh, a mixture of proud chivalry and base – in both senses – greed. With football we are back to the monotonous clashing armor of the brontosaurus.
You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.
Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?
If there are any curses left in baseball, they are all on the north side of Chicago.
A baseball manager is a necessary evil
If I had known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself!
Control is what kept me in the big leagues for twenty-two years
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
I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us
Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.
Say this much for big league baseball – it is beyond question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America
Don’t park in the spaces marked, “Reserved for Umpires.
Baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up
Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It’s staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in
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
Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns. ~
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.
That’s the true harbinger of spring, not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on a ball
A baseball park is the one place where a man’s wife doesn’t mind his getting excited over somebody else’s curves
Well, boys, it’s a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square.
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.
The great thing about baseball is that there’s a crisis every day.
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.
I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.
I know a man who is a diamond cutter. He mows the lawn at Yankee Stadium
Life will always throw you curves, just keep fouling them off… the right pitch will come, but when it does, be prepared to run the bases