Saturday, March 12, 2011

Great baseball quotes for a miserable & wet Friday*

Blechta here and I’m currently working to deadline on a large job and feeling more than a little braindead. With that in mind, I thought a few good baseball quotes would be quick for me and fun for Late Innings readers.

Please feel free to chip in with your own! (Just click on “comments” to the right of my name and posting information at the bottom of this blog entry.)

“Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox.” — Willie Stargell

“Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa.” — Casey Stengel

“I feel greatly honored to have a ballpark named after me, especially since I’ve been thrown out of so many.” — Casey Stengel

“People are too hung up on winning. I can get off on a really good helmet throw.” — Bill “Spaceman” Lee

“I found a delivery in my flaw.” — Dan Quisenberry (the Royals’ 1980s closer who had a very unorthodox submarine delivery)

“I know (Sandy) Koufax’s weakness. He can’t hit.” — Whitey Ford

“Kids should practice autographing baseballs. This is a skill that’s often overlooked in Little League.” — Tug McGraw

“One night in Pittsburgh, thirty-thousand fans gave me a standing ovation when I caught a hot dog wrapper on the fly.” — Dick Stuart, a great slugger who had the (deserved) reputation of not being too good with the glove.

“He (Jamie Quirk) looks like a greyhound, but he runs like a bus.” — George Brett

“Slump ? I ain’t in no slump. I just ain’t hittin.” — Yogi Berra

“Baseball players are smarter than football players.  How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?” — Jim Bouton

“Aw, how could he (Jorge Orta) lose the ball in the sun? He’s from Mexico.” — Harry Caray

“He fakes a bluff.” — Ron Fairly, former major leaguer as a baseball play-by-play man

“Bruce Sutter has been around for a while and he’s pretty old. He’s thirty-five years old, that will give you some idea of how old he is.” — Ron Fairly (and who said Yogi Berra was the only guy in baseball who could make you scratch your head?)

And Yogi wasn’t the only funny Berra...

“You can’t compare me to my father. Our similarities are different.” — Dale Berra

And even though A League of Their Own is just a made-up baseball movie, I think it's a great scene and contains a great quote: “There’s no crying in baseball!”

*Incidentally, I wrote this on the above-mentioned miserable & wet Friday. Today, it's actually rather lovely here in downtown Hogtown. Only problem is, John forgot to reorder the peanuts and now we’re plum out...

Professor Blechta


Will Braund said...

Excellent quotes Rick.

Here are some others that I found.

I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.
Rogers Hornsby

It's hard to win a pennant, but it's harder losing one.
Chuck Tanner

I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks in batting practice.
Casey Stengel

Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.
Yogi Berra

You can't think and hit at the same time.
Yogi Berra

Don't forget to swing hard, in case you hit the ball.
Woodie Held

Good pitching will beat good hitting any time, and vice versa.
Bob Veale

Blind people come to the park just to hear him pitch.
Reggie Jackson on Tom Seaver

Hey big mouth, how do you spell triple?
Shoeless Joe Jackson to a heckler

Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.
George F. Will

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.
Pete Hamil

There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem - once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit.
Al Gallagher

Rick Blechta said...

From Ted Brennan in Montreal:

There's only one glaring omission — no inclusion of any Satchel Paige-isms!

Here are my favorites:

"If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts."

"Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter."

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?"

Ageless and priceless…

Thanks, Ted!