Okay, I can’t really sew these quotes into any sort of a Self Help or Self Improvement quilt. Motivate? Inspire? Doubtful. Amuse? Doubtless.
If you read any of my sites, follow me on Twitter, or converse with me through e-mail – you know how much I love baseball. To the ends of the world and back! As an only child – I was all my dad had to share sports with. He didn’t have a son and our cats and dogs were completely uninterested. Baseball and UK basketball were a couple of areas in which we totally bonded.
Then, when I got married, I was lucky enough to find someone who loved baseball and UK basketball as much as we did. I’m not sure my dad would have let me marry someone who wasn’t a sport’s fan.
Anyway, my beloved St. Louis Cardinals kick off their season today against the Reds. And since this is our year (Mark it down!), I thought I’d celebrate and get us all in the mood with some of my favorite quotes about baseball.
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. – Walt Whitman
Baseball is a fun game. It beats working for a living. – Phil Linz
When they start the game, they don’t yell, “Work ball.” They say, “Play ball.” – Willie Stargell
A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz. – Humphrey Bogart
All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill. – Babe Ruth
Above anything else, I hate to lose. – Jackie Robinson
People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. – Rogers Hornsby
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
How you played in yesterday’s game is all that counts. – Jackie Robinson
I never doubted my ability, but when you hear all your life you’re inferior, it makes you wonder if the other guys have something you’ve never seen before. If they do, I’m still looking for it. – Hank Aaron
There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem – once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit. – Al Gallagher
I’m hoping someday that some kid, black or white, will hit more home runs than myself. Whoever it is, I’d be pulling for him. – Hank Aaron
I thought it was going to hit the St. Louis arch. He’s the best hitter in baseball. You’ve got to give him a tip of the cap. I wanted to go high-five him. – Ian Snell (Pirates pitcher after giving up three homeruns to Albert Pujols, of the St. Louis Cardinals, in three at bats.)
A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings. – Earl Wilson
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
I don’t want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it. – Rogers Hornsby
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
Good pitching will beat good hitting any time, and vice versa. – Bob Veale
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. – Reggie Jackson
Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster. – Joe Adcock or Curt Simmons (attributed to both)
You don’t save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain. – Leo Durocher
God has blessed me and I will continue to do my best for Him. That is more important than anything I can do in Baseball. – Albert Pujols
With those who don’t give a damn about baseball, I can only sympathize. I do not resent them. I am even willing to concede that many of them are physically clean, good to their mothers and in favor of world peace. But while the game is on, I can’t think of anything to say to them. – Art Hill
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