“And is there anything that can tell more about an American summer than, say, the smell of the wooden bleachers in a small town baseball park, that resinous, sultry, and exciting smell of old dry wood.”
– Letter from Thomas Wolfe to Arthur Mann
“A damned good poet and a fair critic; but he can kiss my ass as a man and he never hit a ball out of the infield in his life.”
- Ernest Hemingway, on T.S. Eliot
“Baseball, almost alone among our sports, traffics unashamedly and gloriously in nostalgia, for only baseball understands time and treats it with respect. The history of other sports seems to begin anew with each generation, but baseball, that wondrous myth of twentieth century America, gets passed on like an inheritance.”
— Stanley Cohen
Baseball and beer has always enjoyed a happy relationship— like Mork and Mindy it’s impossible to think of one without the other. Finally then, comes a man who provides both the on-field entertainment and the off-field refreshments.
Chris Ray, currently on an 11 inning scoreless streak, will make the move from home brewing hobbyist to craft beer vendor when his beer, Operation Homefront, is released at Safeco Field at the end of next month.
Released by the Fremont Brewing Company, this particular brew will feature the sweet, sweet flavor that could only be provided by Louisville Slugger Baseball Bats.
From the article at the Washington Beer Blog:
“The [Louisville Slugger] maple bats will be used to add some extra character to the beer. They will be added to the conditioning tanks – some of them whole and pristine, others cut into
“Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamp post: for support, not illumination
—Vin Scully (via stratomaticfanatic)
“The triple is the most exciting play in baseball. Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood why fans are so obsessed with them.”
— Hank Aaron
“Confidence oozed out of him. He took something away from you even before you threw a pitch”
— Gene Conley, on Ted Williams (via gerti-rouge)
“When you play this game twenty years, go to bat 10,000 times, and get 3,000 hits, do you know what that means? You’ve gone zero for 7,000.”
“Hitting is fifty percent above the shoulders.”
- Ted Williams
“Slumps are like soft beds. They’re easy to get into and hard to get out of.”
— Johnny Bench (via MQ)
“I told them, put a little dirt on mine, make sure that (it looks) like I’m playing the game because if I bring that bobblehead home to my mom, she’ll go, ‘Take that back because you ain’t dirty. You (weren’t) playing.’” –
Ricky Henderson on the instructions he gave before yesterday’s bobblehead day. (h/t BBTF)
Ricky Henderson on the instructions he gave before yesterday’s bobblehead day.
“The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals and three-run homers.”
—Earl Weaver (via quotefun)
“Most ballgames are lost, not won.” - Casey Stengel
“Baseball, after all, is a game of failure. It beats men down. And as I grow older, and I hope a very little bit wiser, I realize more and more that it’s that very aspect of baseball — failure, and overcoming it — that I love most about the game.” – Navin Vaswani’s reaction to Paul Konerko saying that “the game might only get one crack at me.”
“He’s a pitcher that pitches” – Adam Jones on Carl Pavano. Thanks for clearing that up, Adam.
“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
“They can’t yank a novelist like a pitcher. A novelist has to go the full nine, even if it kills him.”
—Ernest Hemmingway as quoted in The Writer’s Quotation Book Edited by James Charlton (via quotefun)
“Doubles are spawned in the batter’s box.”
- Tim McCarver is in midseason form.
“Hating the New York Yankees is as American as apple pie, unwed mothers and cheating on your income tax”
“I encourage the growth of follicles on our club. I think guys should grow hair wherever they’re able. I’m not planning to cut mine in 2011.” –
Joe Maddon, bankrupting the St. Petersburg-area SuperCuts. (via Big League Stew)
Joe Maddon, bankrupting the St. Petersburg-area SuperCuts.
(via Big League Stew)
“I’m a first baseman. How much energy do you really put out there? I don’t steal bases. I don’t run fast. I play first base. As long as my legs can take it, I’m good…The times they’ve given me a day off, I’m really annoying in the dugout, so the next time they’re like, ‘Let’s just throw him out there so he’s not annoying me.” –
It’s funny, the way Gonzalez keeps himself in the lineup is the same way I avoid doing the dishes. (h/t MLB Trade Rumors)
It’s funny, the way Gonzalez keeps himself in the lineup is the same way I avoid doing the dishes.
(h/t MLB Trade Rumors)
“Jane Austen didn’t invent baseball. Baseball wasn’t originated in Britain just because the word baseball appeared in the Austen novel Northanger Abbey. Austen wasn’t writing about American baseball, but it was a Jane Austen version where the ball is not hurled about rudely…but introduced to the bat through proper channels at a society function. And one does not steal bases like a commoner, one sends word ahead to the next base by messenger requesting permission to approach at the base’s leisure. Of course, what the bat cannot reveal is that though he loves the ball desperately, he is sworn an oath of loyalty to the glove to whom the ball was promised, so the bat must pretend he hates the ball, swatting at it, although he wishes nothing more than to profess his undying affection, but he can’t, he mustn’t,
Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez joined Twitter on Feb. 23 and teammate Logan Morrison had a little fun with him…
““If you tell a girl she can’t play baseball, what else will she believe she can’t do? This is the greatest game on earth, so why shouldn’t we all play it?”” – Justine Siegal, the first woman to throw Major League batting practice. (via elisetricfeel)
“It’s good to come a few days early and lube it up.” – Adam Dunn on lubing up his bat or swing (I’m really sure which he was referring to). This should at least provide some gristle for the baseball slash-fiction community.
“A man once told me to walk with the Lord. I’d rather walk with the bases loaded.”
– Baltimore OrioleKen Singleton
Awesome quote is awesome.
“I will make an exciting play, but I will make an exciting error too. So don’t miss it.”
— Tsuyoshi Nisioka (via weeks101)
That’s the spirit!
“The curl out is festive and nonthreatening. Let’s be honest: You see a curl in a mustache, and you say, ‘That guy isn’t mean.’”
- Brian Wilson
Courtesy of Old Time Family Baseball
For the first time since Len Dykstra was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Juan Effing Samuel on June 18th, 1989, I’ve got a favorite baseball player.
“Every ballplayer realizes that in a game when nothing’s guaranteed, having a guaranteed contract is pretty awesome.” –
Nelson Figueroa on being able to relax and workout this offseason rather than hustling for a contract.
Of course, when he shows up to camp twenty pounds overweight, we’ll all know why. Damn you, financial security!
“Ideally, the umpire should combine the integrity of a Supreme Court judge, the physical agility of an acrobat, the endurance of Job and the imperturbability of Buddha.”
“I talked about retirement a little bit, but told them I’d be the same ol’ grumpy, pissed off guy.”
— Bobby Cox
“Like those special afternoons in summer when you go to Yankee Stadium at two o’clock in the afternoon for an eight o’clock game. It’s so big, so empty and so silent that you can almost hear the sounds that aren’t there.”
— Ray Miller
“I know a man who is a diamond cutter. He mows the lawn at Yankee Stadium.”
“You know it’s summertime at Candlestick when the fog rolls in, the wind kicks up, and you see the center fielder slicing open a caribou to survive the ninth inning.”
“Putting lights in Wrigley Field is like putting aluminum siding on the Sistine Chapel.”
“Don’t tell me about the world. Not today. It’s springtime and they’re knocking baseball around fields where the grass is damp and green in the morning and the kids are trying to hit the curve ball.”
I have discovered in twenty years of moving around a ball park, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.”
“A baseball park is the one place where a man’s wife doesn’t mind his getting excited over somebody else’s curves.”
“When you’re in a slump, it’s almost as if you look out at the field and it’s one big glove.”
“The home run became glorified with Babe Ruth. Starting with him, batters have been thinking in terms of how far they could hit the ball, not how often.”
“Even when Prado strikes out, he’s going to put the ball in play.”
“The way to make coaches think you’re in shape in the spring is to get a tan.”
– Whitey Ford
“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