You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat.
I always tried to learn about the hitters. Anytime someone got a hit off me, I made a mental note of the pitch. He'd never see that one again.
A boy cannot begin playing ball too early. I might almost say that while he is still creeping on all fours he should have a bouncing rubber ball.
You must have an alibi to show why you lost. If you haven't one, you must fake one. You self confidence must be maintained.
I am not a veteran environmentalist. I don't live in a house made of recycled tires, I've never handcuffed myself to a tree, and I don't grow my own organic rutabaga.
A pitcher is not a ballplayer.
Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of necessary evil to the luxury of baseball, like the odor that follows an automobile.
No man can have a 'yellow streak' and last. He must pay much attention to his nerves or temperament. He must hide every flaw.
A young ballplayer looks on his first spring training trip as a stage struck young woman regards the theater.
If you've ever been around a group of actors, you've noticed, no doubt, that the can talk of nothing else under the sun but acting...It's exactly the same way with baseball players. Your heart must be in your work.
I owe everything I have to them when I'm out there on the mound. But I owe the fans nothing and they owe me nothing when I am not pitching.
Luck is a combination of confidence and getting the breaks.
Anybody's best pitch is the one the batters ain't hitting that day.
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