You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possibly be - in baseball and in life.
Somebody's gotta win and somebody's gotta lose and I believe in letting the other guy lose.
Practice the game the way you're going to play the game. Practice hard and play hard. Run hard and above all else, hustle every moment you're on the field where you are practicing or playing in a game.
I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.
It's a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit it square.
Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal.
The team that wins two-thirds of its one run games usually wins the pennant.
The manager of a team is like a stagecoach, he can't move unless he has the horses.
Sliding headfirst is the safest way to get to the next base, I think, and the fastest. You don't lose your momentum, and there's one more important reason I slide headfirst, it gets my picture in the paper.
I'm just like everybody else. I have two arms, two legs and four-thousand hits.
I'd be willing to bet you, if I were a betting man, that I have never bet on baseball.
I should have shut up when I went up there and talked to Carlton Fisk.
Some players you pat their butts, some players you kick their butts, some players you leave alone.
I was born on the day Lincoln was shot and the Titanic sank.
I'd be willing to bet you, if I was a betting man, that I have never bet on baseball.
I've never looked forward to a birthday like I'm looking forward to my new daughter's birthday, because two days after that is when I can apply for reinstatement.
I'm no different from anybody else with two arms, two legs, and forty-two hundred hits.
Brooks Robinson belongs in a higher league.
Hitting. That's what I enjoy most. Realistically, it's probably the hardest thing to do in all of sport. Think about it. You've got a round ball, a round bat, and the object is to hit it square.
Doctors tell me I have the body of a thirty year old. I know I have the brain of a fifteen year old. If you've got both, you can play baseball.
The greatest competitor was Bob Gibson. He worked so fast out there and he always had the hood up. He always wanted to close his own deal. He never talked to you because he was battling so hard. I sure as hell don't miss batting against him, but I miss him in the game.
When you play this game twenty years, go to bat ten-thousand times, and get three-thousand hits, do you know what that means? You've gone zero for seven-thousand.
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