Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next.
Winning means everything...You show me a good loser and I'll show a loser.
Surround yourself with amazingly intelligent men and women. The people I work with not only are smarter than I am, possessing both intellectual and emotional intelligence, but also share my determination to succeed. I will not make an important decision without them.
I haven't always done a good job, and I haven't always been successful - but I know that I have tried.
But why shouldn't I speak out? Don't you speak out in this country?
Owning the Yankees is like owning the Mona Lisa.
I will never have a heart attack. I give them.
Second place is really the first loser.
He's the leader on this team, I know when Baltimore let us have him, they thought they were giving us a problem. I'll take problems like that anytime.
My best and worst boss was the same man - my father. He never - and I mean never - took 'I can't' for an answer. He taught me the value system that, to this day, I have continued to practice.
From 1973 to 1982 I ate the exact same lunch everyday . Turkey chili in a bowl made out of bread . Bread bowl George. First you eat the chili then you eat the bowl . There's nothing more satisfying than looking down after lunch and seeing nothing but a table.
When you're entrusted with a tradition, you've got to protect it.
I guess heaven needed a shortstop.
He says all the right things, like it's Jeter's team. I want to correct him on that - it's my team.
Don't talk to me about aesthetics or tradition. Talk to me about what sells and what's good right now. And what the American people like is to think the underdog still has a chance.
Why would you want to stay manager and be second-guessed by me when you can come up into the front-office and be one of the second-guessers?
It was the class and dignity which he led his life that made him part of all of us. I will forever treasure the close friendship we shared over the years.
Irabu is a fat, pus-y toad.
I haven't always made the right decisions.
I'm pretty excited, this is a big, big one.
The name Derek Jeter is made for stardom. He's got an infectious smile, and he's so handsome and well-behaved. He's just a fine young man who does everything right. He's like Jack Armstrong and Frank Merriwell, guys I grew up rooting for. Some guys come along who just measure up.
You shouldn't have any betting in the locker room at all, whether it's baseball or it's horses. You can't beat the horses. You can't beat any kind of gambling because they have the odds.
Once in a while, I played second base; once in a while, outfield. But those were just pickup games and softball leagues. So when I bought the Yankees, I tried to stay one pace ahead of the players.
People keep coming up to me and asking, 'How does it feel to be banned for life?' Banned for life. I wasn't banned for life. There was never a word of suspension, probation or ban in that agreement. It was never meant to be part of it.
I'll stick to building ships.
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