People don't know this, but I helped the Cardinals win the pennant. I came down with hepatitis. The trainer injected me with it!— Bob Uecker
Delightful Pennant quotations
If Satch (Paige) and I were pitching on the same team, we would clinch the pennant by July fourth and go fishing until World Series time.
Son, we'd like to keep you around this season but we're going to try and win a pennant.
Everyone has a budget, I don't care who you are.
But they said if we are in a pennant race in the middle of the summer they are going to get some help with added payroll.
If your man is a sports enthusiast, you may have to resign yourself to his spouting off in a monotone on a prize fight, football game or pennant race.
You take a team with twenty-five assholes and I'll show you a pennant.
I'll show you the New York Yankees.
You win pennants in the off season when you build your teams with trades and free agents.
The only thing bad about winning the pennant is that you have to manage the All-Star Game the next year. I'd rather go fishing for three years.
When somebody talks about your career, most people are gonna talk about wins and losses, a World Series or pennants. But if somebody asked me how I would sum up my career I would say I had a unbelievable, fabulous career.
I don't care what the situation was, how high the stakes were - the bases could be loaded and the pennant riding on every pitch, it never bothered Whitey. He pitched his game. Cool. Craft. Nerves of steel.
There can be no reconciliation where there is no open warfare.
There must be a battle, a brave boisterous battle, with pennants waving and cannon roaring, before there can be peaceful treaties and enthusiastic shaking of hands.
I don't believe a manager ever won a pennant.
Casey Stengel won all those pennants with the Yankees. How many did he win with the Boston Braves and Mets?
I don't think a manager should be judged by whether he wins the pennant, but by whether he gets the most out of the twenty-five men he's been given.
I believe there are certain things that cannot be bought -- loyalty, friendship, health, love and an American League pennant.
Public opinion is the pennant on a nation's mast which shows the politician and the editor how to trim the sails.
I never wanted all this hoopla. All I wanted was to be a good ball player and hit twenty-five or thirty homers, drive in a hundred runs, hit .280 and help my club win pennants. I just wanted to be one of the guys, an average player having a good season.
To Yossarian, the idea of pennants as prizes was absurd.
No money went with them, no class privileges. Like Olympic medals and tennis trophies, all they signified was that the owner had done something of no benefit to anyone more capably than everyone else.
Baseball's Opening Day is full of time-honored traditions: the President throws out the first ball, the Cubs' starting pitcher walks away with a 54.00 ERA, the Royals get mathematically eliminated from the pennant race.
There was a point at which I thought I'd never get the most valuable player, especially the years I played at Minnesota. We never won a pennant there, we were far away from the big media centers of Los Angeles and New York, and I wasn't a flashy power hitter but a guy who hit to spots, who bunted and stole bases.
We want to add an American League pennant... and to bring the World Series to Arlington.
The .350 hitter expects, and also deserves, a big payoff for his performance - even if he plays for a cellar-dwelling team. And a .150 hitter should get no reward - even if he plays for a pennant winner.
International friendly games are not worth the lives of the silk worms who perish to make the pennants. They do not even have the philanthropic excuse that softens the otherwise unendurable tedium of testimonial matches. Quite simply, they are rotten games staged to pick the public's pocket, tiresome red tape left over from an era when nations and players were still insular and therefore curious about each other's potential.
Nobody ever won a pennant without a star shortstop.
The team that gets off to a good start wins pennants.
If we're going to win the pennant, we've got to start thinking we're not as good as we think we are.
It's hard to win a pennant, but it's harder to lose one.
When you're in the middle of a pennant race, you can't go up there thinking about home runs.
The team that wins two-thirds of its one run games usually wins the pennant.
No club that wins a pennant once is an outstanding club.
One which bunches two pennants is a good club. But a team which can win three in a row really achieves greatness.
And if I have my choice between a pennant and a triple crown, I'll take the pennant every time.
We should have won the pennant that year. It was the best club I was ever on.
I don’t know. But it’s my option. I don’t want to leave Chicago. I want to be successful here. I want to help this team, like I always say, be in the pennant race… I don’t want to leave, and I don’t think I will leave.
We won (the pennant) because we've got a superior ball club.
Not many stars perhaps, but the kind of team that always plays well together.
The moment the game (AL Pennant versus the Twins) was over I sprinted for the dugout. The fans were pouring onto the field. If they'd caught me they'd have torn my uniform into shreds for souvenirs.
There will be a time when everyone on the team is going to contribute to winning a pennant.