It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality. There are more television addicts, more baseball and football addicts, more movie addicts, and certainly more alcohol addicts in this country than there are narcotics addicts.
Why are baseball managers the only coaches who dress up like the players?
It's a weird scene. You win a few baseball games and all of a sudden you're surrounded by reporters and TV men with cameras asking you about Vietnam and race relations.
Baseball hasn't been the national pastime for many years now - no sport is.
The national pastime, like it or not, is watching television.
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.
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.
Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.
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.
If you put a baseball and other toys in front of a baby, he'll pick up a baseball in preference to the others.
Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead.
Baseball is like church. Many attend few understand.
Tell me the truth - do you think I've lost my Southern accent? I feel it comes back to me only when I'm shouting at fights or at baseball games.
Cricket is basically baseball on valium.
You're probably not a member of a major league baseball team, your errors, unless they are truly spectacular, don't show up in the morning paper.
Imagine a baseball thrown thru the air.
A high speed camera takes pictures of it showing very great detail -- names, laces, etc. Someone shows you a picture -- can you tell what direction it is travelling? or even if it is moving? NO. You would have to know where it was thrown FROM to know what direction it is going. In times of high change, it's good to know a little bit about the PAST to understand the present freeze frame of the NOW and project to some degree of accuracy where we are GOING (The Future).
Studio executives are intelligent, brutally overworked men and women who share one thing in common with baseball managers: they wake up every morning of the world with the knowledge that sooner or later they're going to get fired.
It is a mass language only in the same sense that its baseball slang is born of baseball players. That is, it is a language which is being molded by writers to do delicate things and yet be within the grasp of superficially educated people. It is not a natural growth, much as its proletarian writers would like to think so. But compared with it at its best, English has reached the Alexandrian stage of formalism and decay.
A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for over thirty years.
One day a stranger walked by.Spare some change? mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his baseball cap.I have nothing to give you, said the stranger. Then he added, What's that you are sitting on?Nothing, replied the beggar, Just an old box. I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.Ever look inside? asked the stranger.What's the point? There's nothing in there.Have a look inside, insisted the stranger.The beggar managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw the box was filled with gold.
In 1883 while I was working at the London Hospital I chanced to turn in to one of D. L. Moody's great tent meetings in the slums of East London. I was amazed to see on the platform with him several men whose athletic prowess was world-famous. That was a credential to me that it was worth stopping to listen to what was going to be said. I still believe athletic success is an invaluable asset to a preacher. Christ, I am sure, wants football, baseball, and track-team men in an age when theological expositions, however deep and learned, when orthodoxy, conventionality, or even correct vestments and ritual, have so little attraction for the young men who will be leaders tomorrow.
A well-run restaurant is like a winning baseball team.
It makes the most of every crew member's talent and takes advantage of every split-second opportunity to speed up service.