Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate trying to hit a home run. I said, 'Sure, every time.'
After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases.
A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.
Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball.
It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life.
During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.
If I hadn't met those two guys (Billy Martin and Whitey Ford) at the start of my career, I would have lasted another five years.
My dad taught me to switch-hit. He and my grandfather, who was left-handed, pitched to me every day after school in the back yard. I batted lefty against my dad and righty against my granddad.
You don't realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth.
All I have is natural ability.
Stay away from drugs and alcohol. Listen to your moms and dads. In this great country of ours you do whatever you set your mind to. Make us proud of you.
Hitting the ball was easy. Running around the bases was the tough part.
It was all I lived for, to play baseball.
I hated to bat against Drysdale. After he hit you he'd come around, look at the bruise on your arm and say, 'Do you want me to sign it?'
He can run, steal bases, throw, hit for average, and hit with power like I've never seen. Just don't put him at shortstop.
Not after all the time my dad spent teaching me to switch-hit.
There were things that would irritate Casey, but trying too hard or getting mad at sitting on the bench weren't among them.
Hey Yog, what time is it? You mean right now?
The best team I ever saw, and I really mean this, was the '61 Yankees.
There are two kinds of people. There are leaders and there are followers. And I'm a follower.
Billy (Martin) wasn't afraid of anything.
I don't know why, but for some reason I seem to be more popular now than when I was playing.
His fielding leaves you wondering. Then he steps up to hit and all doubts start to fade.
I leaned on him for support when I got out of the cab, and he just crumpled to the ground. That's how we found out.
Billy copied Casey to a 'T.'
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