well, they oughta know…

Jim Bouton - Vintage baseball 2007


Ricky Henderson17 March 2019 – “I love playing this game and every spring training feels like the first.” – Rickey Henderson







3 March 2018 – “I can’t play any more. I can’t hit the ball when I need to. I can’t steal second when I need to. I can’t go from first to third when I need to. I can’t score from second when I need to. I have to quit.” – Mickey Mantle



Yogi Berra 2




22 April 2017 – “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” – Yogi Berra




11 March 2017 – “There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all.” –  Lou Gehrig

18 April 2016 – “Baseball is what we were, and football is what we have become” – Mary McGrory

3 June 2014 -“So, baseball is probably more physical of the two mentally.” – Bo Jackson

22 February 2014 -“I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain’t never been seen by this generation.” – Satchel Paige

2 January 2014 – “If you don’t win, you’re going to be fired. If you do win, you’ve only put off the day you’re going to be fired.” – Leo Durocher

13 December 2013 – “I’ve come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen.” – Bob Lemon

18 November 2013 – “You can’t win all of the time. There are guys out there who are better than you.” – Yogi Berra

10 November 2013 – “I don’t like the subtle infiltration of ‘something for Branch Rickey Cracker Jack Cardnothing’ philosophies into the very hearthstone of the American family. I believe that ‘Thou shalt earn the bread by the sweat of thy face’ was a benediction and not a penalty. Work is the zest of life; there is joy in its pursuit.” – Branch Rickey

25 October 2013 – “A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.” – Earl Wilson

17 October 2013 – Talking about Oakland A’s owner Charles O. Finley’s heart surgery: “It took eight hours? Seven and a half to find the heart.” – Steve McCatty

10 October 2013 – “Two hours is about as long as any American can wait for the close of a baseball game, or anything else for that matter.” – Al Spalding

1 October – “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.” – Rogers Hornsby

26 September – “My favorite umpire is a dead one.” – Johnny Evers

20 August – “There ain’t much to being a ballplayer, if you’re a ballplayer.” – Honus Wagner

31 July – “The sun don’t shine on the same dog’s ass all the time.” – Catfish Hunter

9 July – “They invented the All-Star Game for Willie Mays.” – Ted Williams

21 June – I find a longer version of that Walt Whitman quote – and I also find that there is some question as to whether or not he really said this. But it’s a good quote, and, if he didn’t say it, I’ll bet he wishes he had:
“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.”

19 June – “That’s the way baseball go.” – Ron Washington

13 June – “I see great things in baseball.” – Walt Whitman

11 June – “If people don’t want to come out to the ball park, nobody’s gonna stop ’em.” – Yogi Berra

30 May — “If you don’t think too good, don’t think too much.” – Ted Williams

24 May — “All baseball fans can be divided into two groups: those who come to batting practice and the others. Only those in the first category have much chance of amounting to anything.” – Thomas Boswell.

24 May — ANOTHER late inning loss for the Twins! Nine in a row! I just hope the boys don’t get down on themselves. It’s a long season, and they’ve hit a run of bad luck. Still plenty of baseball left to play. Just take them one at a time.

19 May – Twins 3 under .500 now and 5 games back, as it seems like the pitching is starting to fade a bit.

4 May – I’m going to stop commenting about the snow, when it snows here, like it did yesterday. Because the fact that it’s snowing here in May, June, and July, is no longer news, really.
In fact, I’m going to pretend it doesn’t even exist.

1 May – “Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.” – Leo Durocher

1 May – unbelievably, it is snowing again.

14 April – the snows of April… today’s game: POSTPONED. (The Twins, frankly, could use a break to regroup a bit.)
People, don’t panic. It’s early yet. A long season to go.

12 April – the return of the hot stove league? About 4 wet inches of snow on the ground. Back-breaking heart-stopping stuff to shovel. Ugh. And more snow today.

8 April – KC 3, Twins 1. Another one of those games that was in the W column until the … bottom of the 8th, when KC scored 3. Losses like that, for a fan, they are hard to take. Come on! Really? Ouch.

7 April – I’m finding that if I wear my Twins cap, people talk to me about baseball. Chatted with the guy at the bakery this morning about the ball game. I also find that when I wear my Cubs hat, people assume I’m from Chicago. There’s something to be said for this. If everyone wore baseball caps, perhaps we would all be talking to each other more. At first about baseball, and then…?

5 April – Came across this quote the other day: “In a world filled with hate, prejudice, and protest, I find that I too am filled with hate, prejudice and protest.” – Bob Gibson


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