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.
Us ballplayers do things backward. First we play, then we retire and go to work.
Why do people sing Take Me Out to The Ballgame when they're already there?
I can honestly say it took two full years for me to get over the fact that I was no longer a baseball player.
I'm not an athlete. I'm a professional baseball player.
Feeling is to lose a major league game.
Playing baseball is not real life. It's a fantasy world... It's a dream come true.
Whether you want to or not, you do serve as a role model. People will always put more faith in baseball players than anyone else.
Ninety feet between home plate and first base may be the closest man has ever come to perfection.
If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.
The greatest feeling in the world is to win a major league game. The second-greatest feeling is to lose a major league game.
It's hard to win a pennant, but it's harder losing one.
When they start the game, they don't yell, "Work ball." They say, "Play ball."
You know you're pitching well when the batters look as bad as you do at the plate.
When Steve and I die, we are going to be buried in the same cemetery, 60-feet 6-inches apart.
I don't care how long you've been around, you'll never see it all.
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.
I have observed that baseball is not unlike war, and when you get right down to it, we batters are the heavy artillery.
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 7 years without ever hitting the ball.
If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base.
If you can't imitate him, don't copy him.
A man has to have goals - for a day, for a lifetime - and that was mine, to have people say, 'There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.'
You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.
The triple is the most exciting play in baseball. Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood why fans are so obsessed with them.
I have discovered in 20 years of moving around a ballpark, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.
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