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Famous Baseball Quotations

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"Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian."
by H. L. Mencken
"[By the end, the baseball metaphors of the early hearing had given way to gambling analogies. Schumer one-upped Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), who had declared that senators were] rolling the dice with you, Judge. ... This isn't just rolling the dice. It's betting the whole house."
by Charles Schumer
"After thoughtful deliberations with my family, I am announcing my decision to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic. When faced with the decision to choose between my country, the United States of America, and my Dominican heritage, I decided I will not dishonor either."
by Alex Rodriguez
"The clubs voted overwhelmingly in favor of the World Baseball Classic. It also has the full support of our partners, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the International Baseball Federation. The Clubs, the MLBPA and the IBAF all realize that the goal of the tournament -- to grow the game and to increase interest in the sport worldwide -- is in the long-term best interests of the game."
by Rich Levin
"The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided."
by Casey Stengel
"The past two games, we've played five innings of good baseball. They continued to put pressure on us, and we just didn't make the plays."
by Nathan Stevens
"There's a lot of talent around the world. Anybody playing major league baseball, you look to your left there might be a player from Korea, you look to your right there might be a player from the Dominican Republic or Mexico."
by Mark Teixeira
"There's nothing bad that accrues from baseball."
by Bartlett Giamatti
"There's no football practice tomorrow. So I'll be at baseball practice �¦ I think. I'm just running around everywhere."
by Kyle Hudson
"Torrey Pines is a great program, and we've been fortunate to have success against them. Today it was just a case of two good baseball teams battling it out. We got some timely hits and some outstanding pitching when we needed it. I thought we put forth a pretty good effort today."
by Rick Lepire
"To win. Nothing else matters, and nothing else will do."
by Anonymous
"Two hours is about as long as any American can wait for the close of a baseball game, or anything else for that matter."
by Al Spalding
"We didn't represent the game of baseball the way it should be played. It was pretty ugly to say the least."
by Charlie Warner
"We believe the baseball bat is the murder weapon."
by Capt. Vela
"We had a heart-to-heart about it and football and baseball are totally different. We told them that the reason we're here wasn't to avenge what happened in football but to try to win a state championship."
by Brian Nelson
"We play our best baseball at home and we've got a long stretch here where we've got 30 games in a row, so we've got to stay healthy and feed off our fans."
by Trot Nixon
"What a huge game, just to play the USA, the powerhouse of baseball. We can play baseball, too. We're not just a hockey country."
by Adam Stern
"When the last time you threw a baseball you were feeling a sharp pain in your shoulder,"
by Jake Peavy
"When baseball is no longer fun, it's no longer a game."
by Joe DiMaggio
"Words can be like baseball bats when used maliciously."
by Sidney Madwed
"(Baseball) obviously set up the schedule this year so that divisional rivals would play each other late in the season, ... which is phenomenal for the fans. But when you have to face the East, it's tough."
by Will Carroll
"Although we have not been down this road before, we all know that there is big influx of baseball fans who arrive around the first of March with the express mission of attending games for Cactus League."
by Laurel Prieb
"Because I love baseball. That is the No. 1 motivation. What I do is just come here to perform."
by Ichiro Suzuki
"Baseball, I think, is a good channel for reaching children. And at the same time, to convince them of the importance of education. In other words, you can combine education and sports."
by Manny Mota
"Baseball is not like football or basketball, ... There are 27 outs to get and whichever team is best suited to get those 27 outs, to control that tempo, is going to be there at the end. We've gotten a huge lift from Chacon and Wright and I still believe in my heart of hearts the big guy is going to be dynamite for us down the stretch."
by Joe Torre
"Baseball is a game of race, creed, and color. The race is to first base. The creed is the rules of the game. The color? Well, the home team wears white uniforms, and the visiting team wears gray."
by Joe Garagiola
"Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it's business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don't love what you're doing and you can't give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You'll be an old man before you know it."
by Al Lopez
"Do I wish everybody in baseball had the same amount to spend? Absolutely. At some point, the disadvantage of being a small-market team is that the inefficiencies will be weeded out. Having less than your competitor is never an advantage."
by Billy Beane
"For him to get to the professional level of sports, he's going to need to go where he's going to be able to excel. . . . I think he made the absolute right choice with baseball."
by Burton
"Fantasy football is the game for the masses, and fantasy baseball is more for the hardcore. More people play fantasy football, but a much bigger percentage of people [who play] are consumed by fantasy baseball."
by Rick Morris
"He's part-time baseball player/basketball player/bowler/ golfer. I don't know about football."
by Kenny Lofton
"Hosting games in the next event is the maximum ambition that any country that loves baseball could have."
by Higinio Velez
"Hopefully we can be playing our best baseball later on in the season."
by Paul Blanchard
"He's the face of baseball in the city of Houston."
by Anonymous
"I can only do what I do. That's who I am. I just go out and try to play baseball, the old-school way, the old-fashioned way. Everybody come together as one. We're a team, a unit, have the same thing in common throughout the season and that's to go out and try to win each and every day. I'm that kind of player and can bring that to the table. I like to be an example on the field, too. It's a situation that's good for me."
by Marquis Grissom
"I think he impacts games defensively, for us, more than any other player in baseball affects the game at their respective position,"
by Blue Jays
"In baseball, you make one mistake, you can lose the game, ... One mistake."
by Livan Hernandez
"It was just a good competitive high school baseball game. Juices flowing. The kids were competing and we competed until the last out."
by Brian Crowley
"It's the oldest franchise in Major League Baseball. For anybody to get that Opening Day start, it's an honor. But I'm going to go out and get ready for the season, build up some innings and get my arm in shape this spring."
by Aaron Harang
"On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am terribly saddened by the sudden passing of Kirby Puckett."
by Bud Selig
"One of the biggest things that people say is that kids love football, they love baseball, they love soccer, they love basketball, but put a hockey stick in their hands and we'll find out where their true love is."
by Larry MacDonald
"One of my priorities -- one of the game's priorities -- is the internationalization of baseball. We're doing everything we can to move the sport in an international direction. I think it's going to be absolutely spectacular."
by Bud Selig
"Part of the reason that we scheduled them ... was to excite people in our community about college baseball. I think people are excited about it, and I think we've got a chance to have a great crowd and gain a lot of community support."
by Buddy Gouldsmith
"People come down for baseball or football or hockey and drive by the refurbished Fox and State theaters, they see the new Hard Rock Cafe, the Borders bookstore, the bars and restaurants, the loft conversions. You can't drive around and not see what's happening down here."
by Mitch Albom
"Major league baseball has asked its players to stop tossing baseballs into the stands during games, because they say fans fight over them and they get hurt. In fact, the Florida Marlins said that's why they never hit any home runs. It's a safety issue."
by Anonymous
"My lifestyle wasn't great in baseball, and I'm much happier now. After spending three years in the minors, getting a chance to play at Colorado was a dream come true for me."
by Joel Klatt
"I've only read two books in my life: Baseball Sparkplug and Love Story."
by George Brett
"I'm having a great time. It's obviously fun, but I don't think about baseball when I'm in bed. I think about how I'm able to breathe, how I'm able to sleep."
by Connor Rabinowitz
"I'm happy to be here. I can only do so much, so it will take the whole team to (win the WBC). It's nice for baseball to see fans from different countries having the opportunity to see big league players together on one team."
by Carlos Lee
"If all we had was Boz, he'd be catching. He's just the kind of baseball player that can do it all, so we're real fortunate to have him."
by Brian Whitaker
"I think in a certain sense, we lost through history what it meant for a black Latino to break into the game. And that's partly because folks kind of looked at the story of baseball as two distinct eras, of segregated and integrated and forget about the folks who made the transition."
by Adrian Burgos
"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."
by Anonymous
"I think the key for us is maturity. It was a big jump for our freshman going from Pony League to high school baseball. You have a shorter distance between the bases and from the mound to home in Pony. But our young guys did carry a the load for us, or they wouldn't have been there."
by Tom Graham
"He's a baseball player - outstanding instincts on the field, good makeup, a hard-nosed player, always has been, versatility. [He's] a better left-handed hitter than right, and that fits us, especially with Damian [Rolls] at third base. He's just a good, solid performer."
by Chuck LaMar
"I can tell you this for sure, it was when I played baseball in high school and I was in the outfield and I would literally pray to God - I'm not joking, I'd pray to God not to let the ball come to me. I was so bad, I was just terrible. I played soccer - I was the goalie. I would pray to God it didn't get kicked anywhere near me. I was an awful athlete."
by Justin Long
"Everyone at Carolina is extremely grateful to the Steinbrenner family. We are fortunate that his family has enjoyed its relationship with the University of North Carolina and that Mr. Steinbrenner felt the Tar Heel baseball program was a worthy recipient of this unique and generous gift."
by Dick Baddour
"I was definitely not satisfied with my performance. I think the jet lag from the World Baseball Classic is still affecting me."
by Jae Seo
"I don't judge those things. I have to concentrate on baseball."
by Barry Bonds
"I felt good yesterday, ... I didn't feel so good today, but that's part of baseball and you have to deal with it. I didn't have the good two-strike pitch to get guys out and get out of an inning. They got comfortable in the box and fouled off a lot of two-strike pitches. I couldn't find anything that worked."
by Joe Kennedy
"Any loss is tough. Santana showed today why he's one of the best pitchers in baseball."
by Mike Sweeney
"Best hitting coach in baseball, ... He has this way of communicating and getting things through to you. We look at what we're doing like what Tiger Woods went through, revamping the swing. He took a few steps back and one step forward."
by Phil Nevin
"(Speaking about Satchel Paige's pitching)It starts out like a baseball and when it gets to the plate, it looks like a marble."
by Hack Wilson
"A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument. It is repetition, and more repetition, then a little more after that."
by Reggie Jackson
"A cloud hangs over baseball. It's a cloud called drugs and it's permeated our game."
by Peter Ueberroth
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
by Jackie Robinson
"And of course in America you've got American football and baseball and all those other ball games, soccer has become a little niche that the women have kind of filled."
by Parminder Nagra
"Any pitcher who throws at a batter and deliberately tries to hit him is a communist."
by Alvin Dark
"Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many players on the field"
by Jim Boulton
"Baseball must be a great game to survive the fools who run it."
by Bill Terry
"Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer."
by Ted Williams
"Baseball is the belly-button of our society"
by Bill Lee
"Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand."
by Leo Durocher
"Baseball is dull only to dull minds."
by Red Barber
"Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off."
by Bill Veeck
"Baseball is a lot like life. The line drives are caught, the squibbles go for base hits. It's an unfair game."
by Rod Kanehl
"Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical."
by Yogi Berra
"Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical"
by Yogi Berra
"Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."
by Lawrence Peter Berra
"Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical."
by Yogi Berra
"Baseball is 90 mental, the other half is physical."
by Yogi Berra
"Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended."
by George Bernard Shaw
"Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended"
by George Bernard Shaw
"Baseball gets better for whatever reason."
by Rafael Palmeiro
"Baseball and malaria keep coming back"
by Gene Mauch
"Be sure and put some of those neutrons on it."
by Mike Smith Baseball pitcher ordering a salad at a restaurant
"Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain."
by Pierre Trudeau
"Coach does a great job of keeping us loose, and we just rally around that. We're just having a lot of fun. We play baseball in practice, he sings, he dances ..."
by Lamar Butler
"Do we need to have 280 brands of breakfast cereal? No, probably not. But we have them for a reason - because some people like them. It's the same with baseball statistics."
by Bill James
"Ethnic life in the United States has become a sort of contest like baseball in which the blacks are always the Chicago Cubs."
by Ishmael Reed
"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."
by Bob Feller
"Football is the fourth most popular sport in America after American Football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey."
by Alan Parry
"God knows I gave my best in baseball at all times and no man on earth can truthfully judge me otherwise."
by Shoeless Joe Jackson
"Good Leaders are like baseball umpires; they go practically unnoticed when doing their jobs right."
by Byrd Baggett Taking Charge
"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."
by Walt Whitman
"I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball."
by Gerald Early
"I think it's very much a distraction to the ball club, and that is a cancer, you just get done playing the best team in baseball, the team has been playing very well, despite everything ... it's just a distraction, and it is a cancer,"
by Hank Aaron
"I will not re-transmit without the express permission of Major League Baseball"
by Lines for detention
"I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball."
by Pete Rose
"If it weren't for baseball, many kids wouldn't know what a millionaire looked like."
by Phyllis Diller
"If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes."
by Mickey Spillane


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