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?'
The thing I really liked about Mickey was the way he treated everyone the same.
Casey wanted us to stay loose. That didn't mean clowning around. He just meant we should be confident and relaxed. We shouldn't feel that one strikeout was going to end the season for us.
Because the players knew that if Billy asked them to jump off a roof, he'd jump off with them.
The greatest thing I ever saw was Roger Maris breaking Babe Ruth's record.
Those people don't know how tough that really was.
At my best I was as good as anyone.
Before you go, would you sign that case of balls for me?
We know you can bunt, Mick. You're not down here to bunt. You're here to get some hits and get your swing back.
My views are just about the same as Casey's.
This year I'd rather lead the league in home runs, runs batted in and hitting.
Well, I beat my man. Now it's up to you to beat yours.
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