When we played softball, I'd steal second base, feel guilty and go back
Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire's eye or on the ball.
Good pitching will beat good hitting any time, and vice versa
I don't care how long you've been around, you'll never see it all.
Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things
Watching a spring training game is as exciting as watching a tree form its annual ring
The designated hitter rule is like letting someone else take Wilt Chamberlain's free throws
Ideally, the umpire should combine the integrity of a Supreme Court judge, the physical agility of an acrobat, the endurance of Job and the imperturbability of Buddha
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 seven years without ever hitting the ball
Sandy's fastball was so fast, some batters would start to swing as he was on his way to the mound
A critic once characterized baseball as six minutes of action crammed into two-and-one-half hours
I don't know why people like the home run so much. A home run is over as soon as it starts.... The triple is the most exciting play of the game. A triple is like meeting a woman who excites you, spending the evening talking and getting more excited, then taking her home. It drags on and on. You're never sure how it's going to turn out
Baseball is a game dominated by vital ghosts; it's a fraternity, like no other we have of the active and the no longer so, the living and the dead.
Baseball is a harbor, a seclusion from failure that really matters, a playful utopia in which virtuosity can be savored to the third decimal place of a batting average
Why does everybody stand up and sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" when they're already there
Though I like the various forms of football in the world, I don't think they begin to compare with these two great Anglo-Saxon ball games for sophisticated elegance and symbolism. Baseball and cricket are beautiful and highly stylized medieval war substitutes, chess made flesh, a mixture of proud chivalry and base - in both senses - greed. With football we are back to the monotonous clashing armor of the brontosaurus.
It is well to remember that a Martian observing his first baseball game would be quite correct in concluding that the last two words of the National Anthem are: PLAY BALL
I believe in the Church of Baseball. I tried all the major religions and most of the minor ones. I've worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I learned that, I gave Jesus a chance
I have discovered in twenty years of moving around a ball park, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats
Don't forget to swing hard, in case you hit the ball
Putting lights in Wrigley Field is like putting aluminum siding on the Sistine Chapel
Ninety feet between home plate and first base may be the closest man has ever come to perfection
Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It's staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in
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