[T]he wonderful, irresistible game of baseball, so enduring in its rules and rhythms, so varied in its lore and lexicon, has everything a writer could ask for, most especially the opportunity for vivid characters to involved themselves in a highly dramatic activity.
A lot of people think I had such a rosy career, but I wanted to identify that one of the things that helps you have a long career is learning how to deal with adversity, how to get past it. Once I learned how to get through that, other things didn’t seem so hard.
~Cal Ripken, Jr.
Whether you’re trying to excel in athletics or in any other field, always practice. Look, listen, learn – and practice, practice, practice. There is no substitute for work, no shortcut to the top.
Rest in peace, Mr. Robinson.
Players like rules. If they didn’t have any rules, they wouldn’t have anything to break.
Maybe I’m not a great man but I damn well want to break the record.
I felt what I almost always feel when I am watching a ballgame: Just for those two or three hours, there is really no place I would rather be.
Look to the moon when you swing, he instructed. That’s what you want. A ball that disappears into it. One that goes to the moon and past. A moonshot.