There has always been a saying in baseball that you can’t make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game.
My feeling is that when you’re managing a baseball team, you have to pick the right people to play and then pray a lot.
For my children, they spent 15 to 20 years of their life in baseball. And Ruth and I spent so many years of our married life that that was our life. We knew nothing else.
I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don’t think about it is when I’m playing it.
The Oakland clubhouse is a wonderful place. A lot of these guys feel like rejects. They were rejects and they feel – they can tell you how baseball screwed up.
Every day I went to the ballpark in Yankee Stadium as well as on the road people were on my back. The last six years in the American League were mental hell for me. I was drained of all my desire to play baseball.
I think we have our sports within our own culture that are huge with baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. Those are the sports in America that we grow up with and soccer isn’t really there yet.
I was lucky enough to have the talent to play baseball. That’s how I treated my career. I didn’t think I was anybody special, anybody different.
The real beauty of it – key to my life was playing key chords on a banjo. For somebody else it may be a golf club that mom and dad put in their hands or a baseball or ballet lessons. Real gift to give to me and put it in writing.
Say this for big league baseball – it is beyond any question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America.
I think some of the pressure comes from the expectations of other people. Like if your father played baseball, they expect you to be the big lifesaver or something when you play a sport.
There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.
The perception is that baseball’s players’ union is protecting players to use steroids and other illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
You kind of took it for granted around the Yankees that there was always going to be baseball in October.
I think baseball – the baseball genre – is this mitt, to use a double pun there, to catch a whole bunch of themes.
Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?
And my father didn’t have money for me to go to college. And at that particular time they didn’t have black quarterbacks, and I don’t think I could have made it in basketball, because I was only 5′ 11″. So I just picked baseball.
I am a hero worshiper. I love the number one tennis player. I love the number one baseball player. I want to see those records broken.
If you’re playing baseball and thinking about managing, you’re crazy. You’d be better off thinking about being an owner.
Looking back on those days and little leaguer, the Hall of Fame is not even a blinking star, but through baseball travels and moving up the ladder, that star begins to flicker.
Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of necessary evil to the luxury of baseball, like the odor that follows an automobile.
Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.
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 damn plate and five the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game of them all.
Baseball hasn’t been the national pastime for many years now – no sport is. The national pastime, like it or not, is watching television.
If you put a baseball and other toys in front of a baby, he’ll pick up a baseball in preference to the others.
You have to go understand that life and baseball is littered with all kinds of obstacles and problems along the way. You have to learn how to overcome them to be successful in life.
The only change is that baseball has turned Paige from a second class citizen to a second class immortal.
As a kid, before I could play music, I remember baseball being the one thing that could always make me happy.
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.
There are no war stories. I ended up a bombardier, but I never got overseas. And it wasn’t because I was playing baseball either. It was just a series of things that went on.
Also I’m a part of the people that I’ve worked with in baseball that have been so great to me, Mr. Earl Mann of Atlanta, who gave me my first baseball broadcasting job.
It was the baseball fantasy of a lifetime – to be able to sit on the bench with all those professional athletes. I got to take my son along because I wasn’t sure I would be able to play with them.
A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument. It is repetition, and more repetition, then a little more after that.
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.