Favorite Basebal Quotes

Hello fellow pitching enthusiasts what are some of your fav baseball quotes

some of mine are:
the one thats mi signature
"lets play two" ernie banks
"baseball is like church, many attend but few understand

and someone on here has a great one by nolan ryan. not sure what person though

I have so many favorites that I don’t know where to start—but I will list a few of them here:
“It’s deja vu all over again” (Yogi Berra)
“Get the ball over the plate and make them hit it. Make them go after your pitch, what you want them to hit” (Ed Lopat)
“The pitcher’s mound is my office, and I don’t want anyone messing around with it” (Early Wynn)
“Can’t anyone here play this game?” (Casey Stengel)
And there are more—when I can think of them, I’ll post them here. :slight_smile:

Here’s what I use to come up with - from time to time…

If a pitcher of mine gave up more than five runs in the first inning, I’d walk out to the mound and say, “ don’t give up any more - our official scorekeeper can’t count any higher.”

When a rookie tossed his first winning game, I’d meet him in the clubhouse, shake his hand, then give him a brand new baseball and say… “ Now here’s a brand-new-spank’n new one - now go out the next time and do the same thing!”

Every time I’d see a bottle of aspirin sitting on the top rack of a pitcher’s pen, I’d stop, take down the bottle and look at. Then I’d turn to the pitcher and say …” Pitch more - think less, and you won’t need this stuff.”

In every single clubhouse that I’ve been in without exception - the all time favorite call was when the toilets were flushed, you’d hear … “WATCH OUT IN THE SHOWERS!”

I actually had this said to me by a pitcher who pitched right handed, but, used a lefty’s glove …
“hey coach, this ought-a confuse-em!” I think that was the time Jim Beam and I became real close.

Coach B.

Practice as if you’ve never won. Perform as if you’ve never lost. And make sure you leave it all out there on the field, because it will all be over sooner than you think.

-Adam Revelette

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"Well, I believe in the soul, the co$%, the p$%#y, the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days. "

“I’m throwing pumpkins out there.” - Unknown

“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of 10 and still be considered a good performer.” - Ted Williams

“A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.” - Unknown (I can agree with that)

“I don’t want your 100%. I don’t want your 110%. That won’t make the cut. Do what it takes.” - Greg LaSage (my coach)

“Get your head out of your butt.” - Terry Harrison (my old coach)

johnny cello i love the one by ur coach and ted williams is competely true if you get a 30% on a test u completey failed. but in baseball if you 300 you had an amazing season.

A good friend of mine used to say, “This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.” Think about that for a while.

I saw that in a movie. The baseball movie. I forgot what it is called help me out?

hey dodgerfan3,

It always takes a SF Giants fan to set you guys straight:

In the 1970s, while with the Royals, Wohlford famously said of baseball: “Ninety percent of this game is half-mental.” In an interview with the Chicago Tribune in 2003, Wohlford confirmed that “Yep, I’m the guy who said it. I even got a $50 check from Reader’s Digest for its Notable Quotables.” The statement has been attributed to Yogi Berra, the Tribune noted.[1]

Wohlford told the Tribune that he couldn’t recall the exact details of his utterance but remembered: “We were on a charter flight back from somewhere. It was late, we were drinking a bit, and I said that. Some reporter pulled out his notebook and said, ‘What did you just say?’”[2]

That would be Jim Wohlford, a guy I went to high school with back in the 60’s. I once showed him how to dissect a frog so he could pass biology…I wish he could’ve taught me how to hit well enough to get to the big leagues… :lol:

I have tried to learn about the knuckleball and while doing so,
have found a lot of amusing quotes about it, including:
“It’s never relaxing, that’s for sure. It’s like snowflakes – no two are ever alike.” - Jason Varitek on catching the knuckleball

Charlie Lau:
“There are two theories on catching the knuckleball…
unfortunately, neither of the theories work.”

Bobby Murcer, on Phil Niekro:
“Trying to hit Phil Niekro is like trying to eat jello with chopsticks. Sometimes you get a piece but most of the time you get hungry.”

Pete Rose:
"I work for three weeks to get my swing down pat and Phil (Niekro) messes it up in one night.“
and
"Trying to hit that thing is a miserable way to make a living.”

Ernie Banks:
“He simply destroys your timing with that knuckleball. It comes flying in there dipping and hopping like crazy and you just can’t hit it.”

Daniel Boone, on his famous namesake ancestor:
“I don’t know if he’d have had the courage to throw a knuckleball on a 3-and-2 count with the bases loaded.”

Randy Hundley’s take on it:
“You see the ball and you just know you’ve got a bead on it, then you swing, and poof, it’s not there anymore.”

Bob Uecker, on the best way to catch it:
“Wait’ll it stops rolling, then go pick it up.”

…and on the benefits of catching it:
“I met a lot of important people. They all sit behind home plate.”

…and a strikeout play:
"(Phil) Niekro struck out a hitter once and I never touched the ball. It hit me in the shinguard, bounced out to Clete Boyer at third base and he threw out the runner at first. Talk about a weird assist: 2-5-3 on a strikeout."

Unknown:
“You don’t want a knuckleballer pitching for you or against you.”

One time, Floyd Robinson actually swung at one that went BEHIND him…
:smiley:

I saw that in a movie. The baseball movie. I forgot what it is called help me out?[/quote]

It’s from Bull Durham. Great flick!

Here’s another quote:

There are some pitchers who can hit,
and there are some pitchers who get hit.

“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.” -Jim Bouton

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base. ~Dave Barry

Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer. ~Ted Williams

I’m convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather steal second base than an automobile. ~Tom Clark

:smiley: :slight_smile: :o :shock:

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, 1971

What is both surprising and delightful is that spectators are allowed, and even expected, to join in the vocal part of the game… There is no reason why the field should not try to put the batsman off his stroke at the critical moment by neatly timed disparagements of his wife’s fidelity and his mother’s respectability. ~George Bernard Shaw

I believe in the Church of Baseball. I tried all the major religions and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I learned that, I gave Jesus a chance. ~Ron Shelton, Bull Durham, 1988

Putting lights in Wrigley Field is like putting aluminum siding on the Sistine Chapel. ~Roger Simon, 1988

Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. ~George F. Will, Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball, 1990

The greatest feeling in the world is to win a major league game. The second-greatest feeling is to lose a major league game. ~Chuck Tanner, quoted in The Sporting News, 15 July 1985

Well, boys, it’s a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square. ~Joe Schultz, 1969

Pitchers, like poets, are born not made. ~Cy Young

What does a mama bear on the pill have in common with the World Series? No cubs. ~Harry Caray

“A few things have been eating at me. Was Robin Hood’s mother known as Mother Hood? How do you know when you run out of invisible ink? Why does sour cream have an expiration date?”
-Larry Anderson (Former MLB Pitcher)

Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.
-Yogi Beara

Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world
(I don’t remember who said this one)

Say this much for big league baseball - it is beyond question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America. ~Bruce Catton

The charm of baseball is that, dull as it may be on the field, it is endlessly fascinating as a rehash. ~Jim Murray

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. ~A. Bartlett Giamatti, “The Green Fields of the Mind,” Yale Alumni Magazine, November 1977

Watching a spring training game is as exciting as watching a tree form its annual ring. ~Jerry Izenberg

The designated hitter rule is like letting someone else take Wilt Chamberlain’s free throws. ~Rick Wise, 1974

If a horse can’t eat it, I don’t want to play on it. ~Dick Allen, on artificial turf, 1970

A ball player’s got to be kept hungry to become a big-leaguer. That’s why no boy from a rich family ever made the big leagues. ~Joe DiMaggio, quoted in New York Times, 30 April 1961

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. ~Bill Veeck

Wives of ballplayers, when they teach their children their prayers, should instruct them how to say: “God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, God bless Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth has upped Daddy’s paycheck by fifteen to forty percent.” ~Waite Hoyt

Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster. ~Attributed to both Joe Adcock and Curt Simmons

Baseball is the only place in life where a sacrifice is really appreciated. ~Author Unknown