People who write about spring training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball.— Sandy Koufax
Revealing Spring Training quotations
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.
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.
I'm clean, I've always been clean. But it never ends. It seems like every reporter from last season to this season has reported and opened up a new can of (expletive). And I haven't even been to spring training. At least let me get to spring training and (expletive) up before you crucify me.
Spring Training is a fun time for me.
Ah, passing few are they who speak, Wild, stormy month! in praise of thee;
Yet though thy winds are loud and bleak, Thou art a welcome month to me. For thou, to northern lands, again The glad and glorious sun dost bring, And thou hast joined the gentle train And wear'st the gentle name of Spring.
This is my best time of the year (spring training). Heck, once the season starts, I go to work.
Now the noisy winds are still; April's coming up the hill! All the spring is in her train, Led by shining ranks of rain; Pit, pat, patter, clatter, Sudden sun and clatter patter!... All things ready with a will, April's coming up the hill!
Spring training is for getting to know your teammates and forming a chemistry. I dont like it.
I hate the cursed Oriole fundamentals.
.. I've been doing them since 1964. I do them in my sleep. I hate spring training.
I had only played five games in my senior year in high school.
I was not large enough. Hell, when I graduated, I was about five foot four and weighed 120 pounds. I didn't go with the Dodgers until spring training of 1940 and I weighed all of 155 pounds soaking wet.
The Florida State League was considered the top A-league back then.
You played in the spring training parks of major league teams, traveled throughout some great cities in Florida, and the pay was the best in A-ball.
For some reason in Spring Training, everything just clicked.
You don't try to do anything in Spring Training but get ready, but things fell into place.
You mean guys don't get injured in spring training? Guys get hurt walking down the street.
The last two times I went to spring training, I had to win a job, and if I didn't get off to a blazing start, I'm on the bench. Now, I've proven myself, so it's not essential that I get off to a real good start.
I got that nickname my first spring training camp with the Expos in 1974.
Tim Foli, Ken Singleton and Mike Jorgensen started calling me 'Kid' because I was trying to win every sprint. I was trying to hit every pitch out of the park.
A young ballplayer looks on his first spring training trip as a stage struck young woman regards the theater.
Before I pitch any game, from spring training to Game 7 of the World Series, I'm scared to death.
I've always approached spring training as I have something to prove.
I've kind of looked at my whole career as a spring training invite.
Spring is noticed, if at all By people sitting in railway trains.
Spring flies, and with it all the train it leads; and flowers, in fading, leave us but their seeds.
Spring training means flowers, people coming outdoors, sunshine, optimism and baseball. Spring training is a time to think about being young again.
Watching a spring training game is as exciting as watching a tree form its annual ring.
America overflows with specious "victims" demanding redress for spurious grievances. However, one genuinely oppressed minority is getting overdue relief. Beginning with spring training in Arizona and Florida, Major League Baseball, taking pity on traumatized pitchers, is directing umpires to enforce the strike zone.
In spring training I'm in every newspaper (in Korea) every day.
In the regular season, they watch it on TV.
The good thing is we got this over in spring training.
We played them three or four times and got all the hugs out of the way. Now it's time to go out there and beat them.
It all comes down to when spring training comes.
Do you want to go or don't you? If you want to go, you go.
If I don't make the team out of spring training, I'll keep a good attitude.
I'll just go polish up the parts of my game that made me not stay in the big leagues.
None of the teams that actually probably were offering me a job from the getgo, actually in spring training, are in the playoffs right now.
I come to spring training and just try to do my job, try to do the best I can.
That's all any player can do.
These days baseball is different. You come to spring training, you get your legs ready, you arms loose, your agents ready, your lawyer lined up.
It's the fans that need spring training.
You gotta get 'em interested. Wake 'em up and let 'em know that their season is coming, the good times are gonna roll.
Mickey Mantle was a very good golfer, but we weren't allowed to play golf during the season; only at spring training.
I first reported to our Marlins spring training complex in Jupiter as well as the other draft picks to receive physicals and to sign contracts. From there I flew to Jamestown, NY to play for the Jamestown Jammers.