When they start the game, they don't yell, "Work ball." They say, "Play ball."
I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.
I don't care how long you've been around, you'll never see it all.
I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks during batting practice.
I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.
The best possible thing in baseball is winning The World Series. The second best thing is losing The World Series.
You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.
It's hard to win a pennant, but it's harder losing one.
I have observed that baseball is not unlike war, and when you get right down to it, we batters are the heavy artillery.
It gets late early out there.
They broke it to me gently. The manager came up to me before a game and told me they didn't allow visitors in the clubhouse.
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.
Every hitter likes fastballs, just like everybody likes ice cream. But you don't like it when someone's stuffing it into you by the gallon. That's what it feels like when Nolan Ryan's thrown balls by you.
This is a game to be savored, not gulped. There's time to discuss everything between pitches or between innings.
Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead.
My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.
I really didn't say everything I said.
No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference.
I stare out the window and wait for spring,
I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.
How can you think and hit at the same time?
Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours.
Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.
Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.
Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
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