Thursday, March 31st, 2011
2:18 pm - Opening Day 2011 in Quotes  

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

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. — Rogers Hornsby

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. — Ron Shelton

Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. — George F. Will

I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it. — Rogers Hornsby

Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings. — George F. Will

Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field? — Jim Bouton

You can't sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You've got to throw the ball over the goddamn plate and give the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all. — Earl Weaver

Now there's three things you can do in a baseball game: You can win or you can lose or it can rain. — Casey Stengel

You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too. — Roy Campanella

Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical. — Yogi Berra

Well, boys, it's a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square. — Joe Schultz

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. — Mickey Mantle

I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it. — Sandy Koufax

Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing. — Warren Spahn

The best way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until the ball stops rolling and then pick it up. — Bob Uecker

The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers. — Earl Weaver

Baseball is not necessarily an obsessive-compulsive disorder, like washing your hands 100 times a day, but it's beginning to seem that way. We're reaching the point where you can be a truly dedicated, state-of-the-art fan or you can have a life. Take your pick. — Thomas Boswell

This is a game to be savored, not gulped. There's time to discuss everything between pitches or between innings. — Bill Veeck

Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words. — Ernie Harwell

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

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. — Jim Bouton

Let's play two! — Ernie Banks

Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you where ever you may be... — Vin Scully


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David J. Schwartzsnurri on March 31st, 2011 - 09:30 pm
Can't wait! - Me, Dave Schwartz
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DXMachinadxmachina on March 31st, 2011 - 10:47 pm
I had the Brewers-Reds game on at work on Gameday Audio (I enjoy listening to Uecker do games), and got to listen to the first walk off home run of the season. Helps me deal with the fact that it's snowing like crazy outside my window.
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Teppy: Coffeestephl on April 1st, 2011 - 03:41 pm
Oh my god, the only part of the game I got to hear was the bottom of the 9th, in the car on my drive home. While there was a lot of other good plays in the game that I would have liked to hear/see, let me tell you, that half an inning was some damn good ball.
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Gingergingerk on April 1st, 2011 - 02:49 am
"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." - Walt Whitman
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