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These selected quotations are for lovers of the game including players, fans and coaches. Learn insights from players, managers and sportscasters on our national pastime.
The Best Baseball Quotes
That rain delay was the most important thing to happen to the Chicago Cubs in the past 100 years. I don’t think there’s any way we win the game without it.
Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published every day, like those of a baseball player.
Baseball is the only place in life where a sacrifice is really appreciated.
The game is an island of activity amidst a sea of statistics
Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster.
Players and Managers
It’s crazy how things happen for a reason — I love when players have meetings; I hate when I do. So they had their meeting, and the big part of it was, We don’t quit. We don’t quit.
There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.
Baseball is a lot like life. It’s a day to day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life.
Ernie Harwell (sportscaster for 55 years)
My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.
Why does everybody stand up and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” when they’re already there?
Famous Quotations on our National Pastime
Any baseball is beautiful. No other small package comes as close to the ideal design and utility. It is a perfect object for a man’s hand. Pick it up and it instantly suggests its purpose; it is meant to be thrown a considerable distance — thrown hard and with precision.
I said before the Series that a sweep wouldn’t do it…It would have to be something epic. And that was epic, wasn’t it?
Tom Ricketts, Cubs Owner
Let’s play two.
Baseball is dull only to dull minds.
Back, back, back, back… Gone!
They met 19 times this season.
— MLB (@MLB) October 3, 2016
The game isn’t over till it’s over.
A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.
More than any other American sport, baseball creates the magnetic, addictive illusion that it can almost be understood.
That’s something that made this organization what it is now. From my position I can see it: the sacrifice the scouts make when they drive the extra miles to get that last look at a player, the minor league coaches putting in extra hours, the big league coaches crushing video, the players working on their weaknesses, picking their teammates up. That’s what makes a great organization. That’s Cub.
You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.
Show me a guy whos afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.
You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too.
It could be, it might be… It is, A home run!
I’ve only been doing this fifty-four years. With a little experience, I might get better.
Hello again, everybody… It’s a bee-yoo-tiful day for baseball.
My whole philosophy is to broadcast the way a fan would broadcast.
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Review stats, draft info and more and take a “Moneyball” approach to the game. A real life game is 9 innings of tension interrupted by pitching changes.
Pro-rated at 500 at-bats a year that means that for two years out of the fourteen I played, I never even touched the ball.
Norm Cash on his 1,081 strikeouts
All game long I was burning nervous energy. I was a wreck. I thought about all the people in Chicago and how much this meant to them. But after we had that meeting, I knew we were going to win. It was only a matter of how and when.
When you’ve learned to believe in yourself, there’s no telling how good a player you can be. That’s because you have the mental edge.
Say this much for big league baseball – it is beyond question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America.
I’m convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather steal second base than an automobile.
I have observed that baseball is not unlike war, and when you get right down to it, we batters are the heavy artillery.
When I played ball, I didn’t play for fun. . . . It’s no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It’s a contest and everything that implies, a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.
They usually show movies on a flight like that.
Great Sayings for Fans
Baseball fans love numbers. They love to swirl them around their mouths like Bordeaux wine.
The burden has been lifted. It should have never been there in the first place, I don’t think, but now we can move forward.
Joe Maddon, Cubs Manager
A baseball fan has the digestive apparatus of a billy goat. He can, and does, devour any set of diamond statistics with insatiable appetite and then nuzzles hungrily for more.
Every player should be accorded the privilege of at least one season with the Chicago Cubs. That’s baseball as it should be played – in God’s own sunshine. And that’s really living.
The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid. And if the hitter is timid, he has to remind the hitter he’s timid.
You don’t save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.
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.
Sweat plus sacrifice equals success.
A critic once characterized baseball as six minutes of action crammed into two-and-one-half hours.
Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things.
No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined.
It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.
A. Bartlett Giamatti
Notable Baseball Quotes
When I knocked a guy down, there was no second part to the story.
The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love.
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.
Baseball is the only sport I know that when you’re on offense, the other team controls the ball.
Baseball? It’s just a game – as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. It’s a sport, business – and sometimes even religion.
Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words.
Let’s Play Two: 2 quotations from Rogers Hornsby
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.
I don’t want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.
To a pitcher, a base hit is the perfect example of negative feedback.
Watching a spring training game is as exciting as watching a tree form its annual ring.
Every hitter likes fastballs, just like everybody likes ice cream. But you don’t like it when someone’s stuffing it into you by the gallon. That’s what it feels like when Nolan Ryan’s thrown balls by you.
Well I can’t rightly say (which player hit the ball hardest), but the ones (home runs by) Ruth hit got smaller quicker.
Baseball is a harbor, a seclusion from failure that really matters, a playful utopia in which virtuosity can be savored to the third decimal place of a batting average.
Basketball, hockey and track meets are action heaped upon action, climax upon climax, until the onlooker’s responses become deadened. Baseball is for the leisurely afternoons of summer and for the unchanging dreams.
It ain’t nothin’ till I call it.
Umpire Bill Klem
I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a mans determination.
No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you’re going to win one-third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.
Major League Quotations
The saddest day of the year is the day baseball season ends.
There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them work.
When you’re in a slump, it’s almost as if you look out at the field and it’s one big glove.
Baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen.
I don’t care how long you’ve been around, you’ll never see it all.
Life will always throw you curves, just keep fouling them off. The right pitch will come, but when it does, be prepared to run the bases.
During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.
When Steve and I die, we are going to be buried in the same cemetery, 60-feet 6-inches apart.
Tim McCarver, who caught all of Steve Carlton’s games
Like those special afternoons in summer when you go to Yankee Stadium at two o’clock in the afternoon for an eight o’clock game. It’s so big, so empty and so silent that you can almost hear the sounds that aren’t there.
It actually giggles at you as it goes by.
Rick Monday on Phil Niekro’s knuckleball
Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for the house in blackjack.
Sandy’s fastball was so fast, some batters would start to swing as he was on his way to the mound.
Jim Murray on Sandy Koufax
Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire’s eye or on the ball.
The charm of baseball is that, dull as it may be on the field, it is endlessly fascinating as a rehash.
Get out the rye bread and mustard grandma, cause it’s GRAND SALAMI TIME!
Satchel Paige Quotes
Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common.
Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.
Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move.
My pitching philosophy is simple – keep the ball way from the bat.
Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.
The Game has been very, very good to me
It is well to remember that a Martian observing his first baseball game would be quite correct in concluding that the last two words of the National Anthem are: PLAY BALL!
Herbert H. Paper
Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.
Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
Well, boys, it’s a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square.
I believe in the Church of Baseball. I tried all the major religions and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I learned that, I gave Jesus a chance.
Putting lights in Wrigley Field is like putting aluminum siding on the Sistine Chapel.
Ninety feet between home plate and first base may be the closest man has ever come to perfection.
You know you’re pitching well when the batters look as bad as you do at the plate.
Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.
When they start the game, they don’t yell, “Work ball.” They say, “Play ball.”
I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks in batting practice.
It’s hard to win a pennant, but it’s harder losing one.
The greatest feeling in the world is to win a major league game. The second-greatest feeling is to lose a major league game.
The best way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until the ball stops rolling and then pick it up.
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Bill Veeck Words of Wisdom
Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can’t get you off.
That’s the true harbinger of spring, not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on a ball.
Bill Veeck (Editor’s pick for one of our favorite baseball quotes)
This is a game to be savored, not gulped. There’s time to discuss everything between pitches or between innings.
I have discovered in twenty years of moving around a ball park, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.
The season starts too early and finishes too late and there are too many games in between.
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True Fan Quotations
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.
Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.
Frederick B. Wilcox
Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.
George F. Will
Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.
Baseball is too much of a sport to be called a business, and too much of a business to be called a sport.
Pitchers, like poets, are born not made.
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