Because physical action is stressed in all spectator sports,
some potential fans may be bored by the prospect of watching
bodies run around on a playing surface. But in truth, sports
- like all human endeavors - have both a mental and physical
component, and the spectator who doesn't understand what's
going on in the players' heads is missing the point of the
game. This is nowhere truer than in baseball, where the brute
physical action in a three-hour game probably totals less
than thirty minutes, but where the intervening time is solidly
packed with intrigue, as the strategy changes from pitch to
Thomas A. Bowden
If people don't want to come out to the ball park, nobody's
gonna stop 'em.
Pair off in threes.
Instruction to his players for a spring
We (San Francisco) have football weather during baseball season,
and baseball weather during football season.
Baseball is the only major sport that appears backward in
The appeal of baseball is intimately wrapped up with one's
youth. Baseball is very much about being young again in a
harmless way. And one of its core appeals is to remind America
of a time when it was young. You fly over a major city at
night in the summer and suddenly you'll see that green oasis
that reminds everybody of baseball's basic mythology: we come
from a rural, simpler America. What's home? Home is longing
for when you were happy because you were younger.
A. Bartlett Giamatti
You can't think and hit at the same time.
There is no crying in baseball.
You can't sweep if you don't win the first game, and it's
tougher to win two out of three if you lose the first one.
Your chances of winning, I've got to believe are really, really
small when you score one run in 18 innings.
Watching baseball under the lights is like observing dogs
indoors, at a pedigree show. In both instances, the environment
is too controlled to suit the species.
Losing streaks are funny. If you lose at the beginning, you
got off to a bad start. If you lose in the middle of the season,
you're in a slump. If you lose at the end, you're choking.
Any manager who can't get along with a .400 hitter is crazy.
Baseball is what we were, and football is what we have become.
Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as
baseball in Italian.
Henry Louis Mencken
Driving a car is like playing baseball. The object in both
is to get home safely.
Willie Mays' glove is where triples go to die.
Nostalgia is baseball's foundation. It is a game built on
the shoulders of heroes and champions who became legends with
the passing of time.
There is a soothing rhythm to it all, pitch by pitch, inning
by inning. Baseball is a world of order, interupted by brief,
breathtaking moments of chaos, where memories and heroes can
be made. It has unlimited potential. It can be ugly one moment
and beautiful the next. It is part play, part profanity and
part poetry. And really, what is more American than that?
Careers end with a ground ball to shortstop, not with a home
Bull Durham (movie)
Script Ron Shelton.
Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team
is another story.
Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and
published everyday, like those of a baseball player.
The only thing worse than a Mets game is a Mets double header.
America's game: has the snap, go, fling, of the American atmosphere
- belongs as much to our institutions, fits into them as significantly,
as our constitutions, laws: is just as important in the sum
total of our historic life.
The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who
hate me away from those who are still undecided.
Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking
they hit a triple.
It's hard to win a pennant, but it's harder losing one.
Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and little children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville mighty Casey has struck out.
Ernest L. Thayer
"There was once a legendary baseball player," said
(John F.) Kennedy. "He never failed to hit when at bat
and never dropped a ball. Grounders never dribbled between
his legs. He threw with unerring accuracy. In the field and
on the bases he had the speed and grace of a leopard. He never
tired or missed a signal. In fact, he would have been one
of the all-time greats except for one thing - no one was ever
able to get him to put down his beer and hot dog and come
out of the press box to play."
Morris K. Udall
The most beautiful thing in the world is a ballpark filled