I always thought that there was going to be life after baseball, and so I designed that in my life I would have other interests after baseball that I would be able to step into. And I didn’t realize the grip that baseball had on me and on my family.
Nolan Ryan, 1990 (Chuck Anderson / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)
OK, we won a game yesterday. If we win today, it’s called “two in a row”. And if we win again tomorrow, it’s called a “winning streak”… It has happened before!
Major League II
You don’t just accidentally show up in the World Series.
Derek Jeter (Wikimedia Commons)
All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill.
No matter how many victories you win or how many records you break, the season will eventually come to an end. Take pride in what you achieved and strive for success in your future.
I thought the Hall of Fame was for superstars, not just average players like me.
How can I play baseball when I’m worried about foreign policy?
Charles Schulz, 1956 (Library of Congress / public domain)
It was not long before I was struck with the idea that base ball was just the game for a national sport for Americans.
Henry Chadwick (New York Public Library / public domain)
If I had my career to play over, one thing I’d do differently is swing more. Those 1,200 walks I got, nobody remembers them.
~Pee Wee Reese
Pee Wee Reese, 1956 (public domain)
People always told me that my natural ability and good eyesight were the reasons for my success as a hitter. They never talk about the practice, practice, practice.