Most popular baseball quotes
Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.
You're expected to be perfect the day you start, and then improve.
It ain't over till it's over.
Hit 'em where they ain't.
If people don't want to come out to the ball park, nobody's going to stop 'em.
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 secret to managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided.
You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too.
Why do I like baseball? The pay is good, it keeps you out in the fresh air and sunshine, and you can't beat them hours.
Baseball is religion without the mischief.
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.
For those of who are baseball fans and agnostics, the Hall of Fame is as close to a religious experience as we may ever get.
To be an American and unable to play baseball is comparable to being a Polynesian and unable to swim.
Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.
For most baseball fans, maybe oldest is always best. We love baseball because it seizes and retains the past, like the snowy village inside a glass paperweight.
At a ballgame, as in a place of worship, no one is alone in the crowd.
Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for U. S. Steel.
It has been said that baseball is to the United States what revolutions are to Latin America, a safety valve for letting off steam.
A catcher and his body are like the outlaw and his horse. He's got to ride that nag till it drops.
By the end of the season, I feel like a used car.
Your bat is your life. It's your weapon. You don't want to go into battle with anything that feels less than perfect.
A ball bat is a wondrous weapon.
The triple is the most exciting play of the game. A triple is like meeting a woman who excites you, spending the evening talking and getting more excited, then taking her home. It drags on and you're never sure how it's gonna turn out until it happens.
Talking to Yogi Berra about baseball is like talking to Homer about the gods.
Blind people come to the park just to hear him pitch.
Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork.
Half this game is ninety percent mental.
Baseball and football are very different games. In a way, both of them are easy. Football is easy if you're crazy as hell. Baseball is easy if you've got patience. They'd both be easier for me if I were a little more crazy—and a little more patient.
Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball, and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.
Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.
Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire's eye or on the ball.
Baseball is a public trust. Players turn over, owners turn over, and certain commissioners turn over. But baseball goes on.
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.
Baseball is the only field of endeavour where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
Baseball life is a tough life on the family.
Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?
Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.
I see great things in baseball. It's our game—the American game.
I started playing ball when I was a kid. My dad was a pro ball player and he passed on his knowledge to me.
I went through baseball as 'a player to be named later'.
It's a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit it square.
Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of necessary evil to the luxury of baseball, like the odour that follows an automobile.
My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.
One thing you learned as a Cubs fan: when you bought you ticket, you could bank on seeing the bottom of the ninth.
Other sports play once a week but this sport is with us every day.
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.
There's nothing wrong with the Little League World Series that locking out the adults couldn't cure.
When we played, World Series checks meant something. Now all they do is screw up your taxes.
With the money I'm making, I should be playing two positions.