Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.
If you're successful in what you do over a period of time, you'll start approaching records, but that's not what you're playing for. You're playing to challenge and be challenged.
One of the trademarks of a champion is that he can outlast you.
I don't have to steal bases. I steal bases because I want to.
You can't be afraid to make errors! You can't be afraid to be naked before the crowd, because no one can ever master the game of baseball, or conquer it. You can only challenge it.
Jim Crow was king... and I heard a game in which Jackie Robinson was playing, and I felt pride in being alive
No one wants to hear about the labor pains, they just want to see the baby.
When I was a kid, I used to imagine animals running under my bed. I told my dad, and he solved the problem quickly. He cut the legs off the bed.
Competition is what keeps me playing the psychological warfare of matching skill against skill and wit against wit.
I don't think about goals and records. Competition is what keeps me playing.
Your bat is your life. It's your weapon. You don't want to go into battle with anything that feels less than perfect
The stiffer the penalty, the greater the message is sent.
We have to make some radical move to get the attention of everyone. Cheaters can't win and steroids has put us in the position that it's OK to cheat.
The baseball held was my fantasy of what life offered.
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