Years ago, while I was watching a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers, I remember staring in awe at Cal Ripken. I realized during this game that 'you don't have to be flashy' or have 'power numbers' to be great. It's about the simple things that are the hard things. It's about leadership, work ethic and commitment.— Ron White
Irresistibly Great Baseball quotations
You don't play triathlon. You play soccer; it's fun. You play baseball. Triathlon is work that you can leave you crumpled in a heap, puking on the roadside. It's the physical brutality of climbing Mount Everest without the great view from the top of the world. What kind of person keeps coming back for more of that?
I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.
I'm a great believer in the character of the club.
To me, character has a lot to do with how you compete. That creates urgency and toughness. That elevates the talent that you have.
It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day.
I've felt some great feelings on the baseball field.
.. in front of 50,000 people and millions on TV... but the feeling you get when you give a kid a chance, that is a hundred times greater than that feeling.
Don't forget to swing hard, in case you hit the ball.
Well, boys, it's a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square.
I don't know (if they were men or women running naked across the field).
They had bags over their heads.
The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love.
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.
Stay away from drugs and alcohol. Listen to your moms and dads. In this great country of ours you do whatever you set your mind to. Make us proud of you.
Sweat plus sacrifice equals success.
I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too.
All that proves is that most of the world is too poor to build bowling alleys, golf courses, tennis courts and baseball fields. There's hundreds of millions of poor people out there who still ain't got indoor plumbing, but that don't mean there's something great about an outhouse. Soccer is boring. I've never seen a more boring sport.
NO MAN CAN AVOID BEING BORN AVERAGE, BUT NO MAN HAS TO STAY AVERAGE.
The great trouble with baseball today is that most of the players are in the game for the money and that's it, not for the love of it, the excitement of it, the thrill of it.
We win if the world is convinced of two things, that you are a fine gentleman, and a great baseball player.
In life, so many things are taken for granted, but one thing I can honestly say is that I took every day, enjoyed the game of putting on that uniform and playing the great game of baseball.
[Baseball] breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart.
In cricket, as in no other game, a great master may well go back to the pavilion scoreless.... In no other game does the law of averages get to work so potently, so mysteriously.
A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.
Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words.
Whether you have a great game or a terrible game, tomorrow's another day and you've got to come out here and compete.
I'd give a year of my life if I could hit a homerun on opening day of this great new park.
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.
As a ballplayer, (Dizzy) Dean was a natural phenomenon, like the Grand Canyon or the Great Barrier Reef. Nobody ever taught him baseball and he never had to learn. He was just doing what came naturally when a scout named Don Curtis discovered him on a Texas sandlot and gave him his first contract.
Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.
Grantland Rice, the great sportswriter once said, 'It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.' Well Grantland Rice can go to hell as far as I'm concerned.
Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got.
Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
You can keep going on and on about the interactions of people, which makes it a great drama and great event ,and you'll always hold that special, but if you're looking at a baseball moment, the feeling you get when you win the World Series by far exceeds anything else in the game that you're able to do.
Swing hard in case you hit it.
What are we at the park for except to win? I'd trip my mother.
I'd help her up, brusher her off, tell her I'm sorry. But mother don't make it to third.