|Pete's Baseball Quotes|
Babe Ruth, upon meeting Calvin Coolidge at Yankee Stadium:
George F. Will
This book is a study of that sort of heroism. It is not an exercise in hero worship. Rather, more soberly, it is an act of hero appreciation. I use the word 'hero' advisedly, cognizant of the derision it invites. We live in a relentlessly antiheroic age. Perhaps in a democratic culture there is always a leveling impulse, a desire to cut down those who rise. Today, however, there also seems to be a small-minded, mean-spirited resentment of those who rise, a reluctance to give credit where it is due, a flinching from unstinting admiration, a desire to disbelieve in the rewarded virtue of the few. We have a swamp of journalism suited to such an age, a journalism infused with a corrosive leveling spirit.
Yet it has been said that no man is a hero to his valet, not because no man is a hero but because all valets are valets. It requires a certain largeness of spirit to give generous appreciation to large achievements. A society with a crabbed spirit and a cynical urge to discount and devalue will find that one day, when it needs to draw upon the resevoirs of excellence, the resevoirs have run dry. A society in which the capacity for warm appreciation of excellence atrophies will find that its capacity for excellence diminishes. That is no small loss, least of all to a nation in which the pursuit of happiness was endorsed in the founding moment. (mw 328) (mw 328)
Now you take Ernie Lombardi who's a big man and has a big nose and you take Martin who's a little man and has a bigger nose. How do you figger it?
Lopat looks like he is throwing wads of tissue paper. Every time he wins a game, fans come down out of the stands asking for contracts.
Mike Flanagan, Baltimore pitcher, about the Toronto Blue Jays' record-setting
10 HRs in one game against the Orioles:
We tried looking for the record-breaking ball out beyond the fence in right, but there were too many of them all bunched up there.
Yogi Berra, calling a teammate about his new piano:
Come over here and show me how to work this thing!
I don't know if we're the oldest battery, but we're certainly the ugliest.
Tommy Lasorda, on Jerry Reuss's no-hitter:
It couldn't have happened to a greater guy. Well, yes it could. It could have happened to me.
Two thirds of the earth is covered by water, the other one-third is covered by Gary Maddox.
Elrod Hendricks, on Mike Cueller:
Mike always thinks two pitches ahead. When they make an out on one of his set-up pitches he looks like they've spoiled his fun.
I've given Mike Cuellar more chances than my first wife.
Don Larsen, asked if he ever gets tired of talking about his perfect world
No, why should I?
Joe Garagiola, on Rick Burleson:
He's even tempered. He comes to the ballpark mad and stays that way.
Lee Allen, on Pepper Martin:
A chunky, unshaven hobo who ran the bases like a beserk locomotive, slept in the raw, and swore at pitchers in his sleep.
Pete Rose, to Tony Perez:
How can anyone as slow as you pull a muscle?
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