I played my best everyday. You never know when someone may be seeing you play for the first time.
A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.
Motivation is something nobody else can give you. Others can help motivate you, but basically it must come from you and it must be a constant desire to do your very best at all times and under any circumstances.
If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen.
You ought to run the hardest when you feel the worst. Never let the other guy know you're down.
There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first time. I owe him my best.
I want to thank the good lord for making me a yankee
The reason I play so hard is that somewhere out there is some kid who has never seen me play before, and I don't want to disappoint him.
When baseball is no longer fun, it's no longer a game.
You always get a special kick on opening day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.
A ball player has to be kept hungry to become a big leaguer. That's why no boy from a rich family has ever made the big leagues.
I can remember a reporter asking me for a quote, and I didn't know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of soft drink.
At my age, I'm just happy to be named the greatest living anything.
If anyone wants to know why three kids in one family made it to the big leagues they just had to know how we helped each other and how much we practiced back then. We did it every minute we could.
Just two words: a masterpiece.
Baseball didn't really get into my blood until I knocked off that hitting streak. Getting a daily hit became more important to me than eating, drinking or sleeping.
I always thought there was at least one person in the stands who had never seen me play, and I didn't want to let him down.
The test of an outfielder's skill comes when he has to go against the fence to make a catch.
The phrase 'off with the crack of the bat', while romantic, is really meaningless, since the outfielder should be in motion long before he hears the sound of the ball meeting the bat.
We need a hit, so here I go.
There’s nobody taking center from me until I give it up.
Now this is over thirty years later and the guy said he was that cab driver. He apologized and he was serious. I felt awful. He might have been spending his whole life thinking he had jinxed me, but I told him he hadn't. My number was up.
I'm proud to have been a Yankee. But I have found more happiness and contentment since I came back home to San Francisco than any man has a right to deserve. This is the friendliest city in the world.
I think there are some players born to play ball.
If I were sitting down with George Steinbrenner (to discuss a salary) and based on what Dave Winfield got for his statistics, I'd have to say, 'George, you and I are about to become partners.'
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