People who write about spring training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball.
Spring training means flowers, people coming outdoors, sunshine, optimism and baseball. Spring training is a time to think about being young again.
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.
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.
These days baseball is different. You come to Spring Training, you get your legs ready, you arms loose, your agents ready your lawyer lined up.
It's the fans that need spring training. You gotta get them interested. Wake them up and let them know that their season is coming, the good times are gonna roll.
I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us.
The sound of the bat is the music of spring training.
Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
This is my best time of the year (spring training). Heck, once the season starts, I go to work.
I love baseball. I'll probably end up one of those old farts who go to spring training in Florida every year and drive from game to game all day.
A young ballplayer looks on his first spring training trip as a stage struck young woman regards the theater.
Watching a spring training game is as exciting as watching a tree form its annual ring.
I've always approached spring training as I have something to prove.
Spring training is for getting to know your teammates and forming a chemistry. I dont like it.
You mean guys don't get injured in spring training? Guys get hurt walking down the street.
I had only played five games in my senior year in high school. I was not large enough. Hell, when I graduated, I was about five foot four and weighed 120 pounds. I didn't go with the Dodgers until spring training of 1940 and I weighed all of 155 pounds soaking wet.
For some reason in Spring Training, everything just clicked. You don't try to do anything in Spring Training but get ready, but things fell into place.
Before I pitch any game, from spring training to Game 7 of the World Series, I'm scared to death.
I hate the cursed Oriole fundamentals... I've been doing them since 1964. I do them in my sleep. I hate spring training.
I've kind of looked at my whole career as a spring training invite.
The last two times I went to spring training, I had to win a job, and if I didn't get off to a blazing start, I'm on the bench. Now, I've proven myself, so it's not essential that I get off to a real good start.
Spring Training is a fun time for me.
How can you think and hit at the same time?
I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
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