I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.
Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead.
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.
It's hard to win a pennant, but it's harder losing one.
Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.
You should always go to other people's funerals, otherwise, they won't come to yours.
I really didn't say everything I said.
People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.
I stare out the window and wait for spring.
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.
How can you think and hit at the same time?
The best possible thing in baseball is winning The World Series. The second best thing is losing The World Series.
This is a game to be savored, not gulped. There's time to discuss everything between pitches or between innings.
The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid. And if the hitter is timid, he has to remind the hitter he's timid.
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.
Ninety feet between home plate and first base may be the closest man has ever come to perfection.
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.
I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.
There are only two seasons - winter and Baseball.
When they start the game, they don't yell, "Work ball." They say, "Play ball."
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'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.
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