Now there’s three things you can do in a baseball game: You can win or you can lose or it can rain.
Sure I played, did you think I was born at the age of 70 sitting in a dugout trying to manage guys like you?
~Casey Stengel, talking to Mickey Mantle
I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks in batting practice.
The Yankees faced off against the NL expansion team Mets for the first time on March 22, 1962 for a spring training contest. Mets manager Casey Stengel, formerly the manager of the Yankees, set out determined to beat his old team. With the Mets leading 3-2 going into the ninth inning, Stengel sent his best pitchers to the mound. When the Yankees nevertheless managed to tie the score at 3-3, Stengel pinch hit veteran outfielder Richie Ashburn, who pulled off a ninth-inning pinch-hit single, giving the Mets a dramatic walk-off 4-3 victory at Al Lang Field in Florida.
Most games are lost, not won!
They say some of my stars drink whiskey. But I have found that the ones who drink milkshakes don’t win many ball games.