Tuesday, January 21, 2014

15 Baseball Quotes To Live By

     I love baseball.  Baseball is the only game that you can fail at 70% of the time, and still be an all star.  What's not to love?  Personally, I was always more of a football guy, but watching my son Jesse play the game has reminded me of just how special baseball really can be.  Sure, you can't beat the sweet sting of battle on the good old gridiron, but that baseball diamond has a nostalgia all its own.  I've always said that one of the best feelings you can get in sports is coming off the edge (of the line of scrimmage) and seeing nothing but the quarterback in front of you.  However, that's normally when you get ear holed by that pesky pulling guard.  So, in comparison, taking a fast ball downtown has its benefits.  That perfect swing, the crack of the bat (or the "ping" if it's aluminum)- Feeling and knowing you hit the ball just right on the sweet spot, and then watching it go and go and go...travelling on and on.  That, my friend, is pretty special.  To transition into the upcoming baseball season here are 15 Baseball Quotes to live by.  My exhaustive research has produced these results.  Your list may be different, but this is mine!  Keep swinging for the fences.

#1- "Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical." -Yogi Berra (can't have a baseball quote list without Yogi, now can we?)

#2- "There's no crying in baseball." -Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) "A League of Their Own"

#3- Going somewhere meat?  "About 90 feet." -Willie Mays Hayes (Wesley Snipes) "Major League"

#4- "Dammit boy!  You should have put your glove on that!  Go over there and lay on the equipment bag." -Frank Perry Sr. after hitting yours truly in the nether regions with a baseball at A.T. Holt Park in the early 80s on the old dirt lot behind Byrd Field.

#5- "That's gonna hurt!  Gurgle....Gurgle." -Me, see above

#6- "Never make predictions, especially about the future." -Casey Stengel

#7- "Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical." -Yogi Berra..again

#8- "Little League baseball is a very good thing, because it keeps the parents off the streets." -Yogi Berra...one more time while we're at it.

#9- "Dad...You wanna have a catch?" -Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) "Field of Dreams"  I just cried a little. 

#10- "You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball.  Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains." -Bull Durham

#11- "There are three types of baseball players:  Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens." -Tommy Lasorda

#12- "Poets are like baseball pitchers.  Both have their moments.  The intervals are the tough things."-Robert Frost (My favorite poet, by the way)

#13- "So I want everybody to think here for a second, how much does this game mean to you?  'Cause if it means something to ya, you can't stand still.  You understand?  You play fast!  You play strong!  You go out there and dominate the man you're playing against, and you make his ass quit!  That's our trademark!  That's our MO as a team!  That's what people know us as!" -Nick Saban...wait we're talking about baseball right?  Doesn't matter.  It's a great quote, and it fits any competitive sport.  As you were.

#14- "Ok." -Jesse Perry aka J-Jam Sixkiller after being told before his at bat in the bottom of the 7th with two outs while trailing by a run... "You're our last chance.  This is kind of a big deal.  Hit a homerun."  He then proceeded to tattoo a walk off, game winning home run.  Pretty cool "Proud Dad" moment, to be sure.

#15- "It ain't over, till it's over." -Yogi Berra...It's over Yogi.

     There they are.  15 Baseball Quotes to live by.  I am of the belief that if more folks got out and watched some baseball the world would be a better place.  It is the National Pastime after all.  Life lessons aplenty are to be found at your local baseball park.  There is always a next play, and a next at  bat, and another chance to play.  So without any further delay, lets get the National Anthem going, and Play Ball!