“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 […]
“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)
“All pitchers are liars or crybabies.” – Yogi Berra
“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.” —Pete Rose
“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)
“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 […]
“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.
“I’m a quick healer, like Wolverine.” – Adam Dunn wants to play today, less than 48 hours after an appendectomy. (via davidaarnott) This from a guy who doesn’t even like baseball very much.
“Hating the New York Yankees is as American as apple pie, unwed mothers and cheating on your income tax” —Mike Royko
“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)
“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 […]
“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 […]
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 (via biscuitsandmore) 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.” -Author Unknown
“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.” -Bob Sarlette
“Putting lights in Wrigley Field is like putting aluminum siding on the Sistine Chapel.” -Roger Simon
“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.” -Pete Hamill
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.” -Bill Veeck
“A baseball park is the one place where a man’s wife doesn’t mind his getting excited over somebody else’s curves.” –Brendan Francis
“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
“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.” –Rogers Hornsby
“Even when Prado strikes out, he’s going to put the ball in play.” –Ron Gant
“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