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"Love the game of baseball and baseball will love you." - Babe Ruth

"The game of baseball is a clean, straight game." - William Howard Taft

"Baseball teaches that errors are part of the game." - Ernest Kurtz

"Baseball is our national game." - Calvin Coolidge

"What's the game coming to? Evidently the guys making all these rules never played the game of baseball." - Pete Rose

"You can sum up the game of baseball in one word: 'You never know.'" - Joaquin Andujar

"Baseball is the most intellectual game because most of the action goes on in your head." - Henry A Kissinger

"The genius of our institutions is democratic - baseball is a democratic game." - Albert Goodwill Spalding

"As a general comment on baseball:"90% of the game is half mental."" - Yogi Berra

"There are a lot of pitchers in baseball who should celebrate his life and what he did for the game of baseball." - Tommy John

"(Baseball) is a game with a lot of waiting in it; it is a game with increasingly heightened anticipation of increasingly limited action" - John Irving

"Nobody's bigger than the game of baseball. You ask pitchers from 10-15-20 years ago. That's normal. Part of the game." - Ken Rosenthal

"I really love baseball. The guys and the game, and I love the challenge of describing things." - Vin Scully

"Baseball is really two sports - the summer game and the autumn game. One is the leisurely pastime of our national mythology. The other is not so gentle." - Thomas Boswell

"Basketball is a game. Baseball is a religion. Baseball is American." - Jerry Reinsdorf

"To me, baseball is not a game, but a religion." - Bill Klem

"Baseball is a game played by idiots for morons." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business." - Willie Mays

"Sports like baseball or baseball are easy to dramatise, because all of them have a pause and that helps with the tension. Football never stops. I'm a football fan. I believe in the beauty of the game." - Carlos Cuaron

"If people don't want to come to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them? -Yogi Berra, The Yogi Book, to baseball commissioner Bud Selig about lagging baseball attendance Ninety percent of the game is half mental." - Yogi Berra

"The game (baseball)was a custom of his clan, and it gave outlet for the homicidal and sides-taking instincts which Babbitt called "patriotism" and "love of sport."" - Sinclair Lewis

"Anything that harms the integrity of the game is terrible. We always thought we were immune to drugs in baseball, but we know that's not true anymore." - Harmon Killebrew

"He was our symbol of baseball at a time when the game meant something to us that perhaps it no longer does." - Bob Costas

"What I am, what I have, what I am going to leave behind me - all this I owe to the game of baseball." - Babe Ruth

"Ernie Banks was a great great player and when he no longer could play, he became a great ambassador for the game. He represented the game with the highest of class and dignity. Everybody loved Ernie Banks. He enjoyed baseball, life and people. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. We have truly lost a baseball giant." - Tommy Lasorda

"One of my fun road trips was [when] a group of guys and I rented a tour bus and we started in Orlando and drove all the way around the country going to baseball games. That was an awesome trip because each night we would go to a new baseball stadium, watch a baseball game, get in the bus, wake up [in] the next city, go to another baseball game. We did this for a little while and it was great. We called that trip the Rats on the Bus and it was a fun trip." - Alfonso Ribeiro

"To get the adrenaline going before the game for a big league baseball game was pretty special." - Daniel Hudson

"The only real game, I think, in the world is baseball." - Babe Ruth

"Baseball is the greatest game in the world and deserves the best you can give it." - Babe Ruth

"Baseball is a fun game. It beats working for a living." - Phil Linz

"Economy is not baseball, where the game is always played by the same rules." - Nate Silver

"Boys, baseball is a game where you gotta have fun. You do that by winning." - Dave Bristol

"Baseball is a dull game only for those with dull minds." - Red Smith

"So George Burns and my grandpa took me to my first baseball game." - Leigh Steinberg

"Baseball is a game between two teams of nine players each, under direction of a manager, played on an enclosed field in accordance with these rules, under jurisdiction of one or more umpires." - Anonymous

"Conversation is the blood of baseball. It flows through the game, an invigorating system of anecdotes. Ballplayers are tale tellers who have polished their malarkey and winnowed their wisdom for years." - Thomas Boswell

"Baseball is a game dominated by vital ghosts; it's a fraternity, like no other we have of the active and the no longer so, the living and the dead." - Richard Gilman

"Jim Crow was king... and I heard a game in which Jackie Robinson was playing, and I felt pride in being alive. The baseball held was my fantasy of what life offered." - Lou Brock

"It's very disappointing... Anything that harms the integrity of the game is terrible. We always thought we were immune to drugs in baseball, but we know that's not true anymore." - Harmon Killebrew

"Joe DiMaggio batting sometimes gave the impression, the suggestion that the old rules and dimensions of baseball no longer applied to him, and that the game had at last grown unfairly easy." - Donald Hall

"Every time I sit with our general manager at a baseball game, and there's number-cruncher and statistician guy - I'm sitting around - they start talking about stuff, and I say, 'What's that? I've never heard of that one before." - George Brett

"What really makes baseball so hard is it's retributive capacity for disaster if the smallest thing is done wrong, and the invisible presence of defeat that attends every game." - Roger Angell

"I think baseball is a great support to people who have emotional voids, gaps, emotional difficulties. That is to say: all of us. Those parts of us that don't function well. Those parts of us that are sad or depressed-not every day. They can really use baseball. It isn't just the child in a wheelchair or the shut-in senior citizen listening to the radio that needs the game. There's part of us, part of everybody who's a baseball fan, who needs the game at that level." - Thomas Boswell

"England and America should scrap cricket and baseball and come up with a new game that they both can play. Like baseball, for example." - Robert Benchley

"Baseball is caring. Player and fan alike must care, or there is no game. If there's no game, there's no pennant race and no World Series. And for all any of us know there might soon be no nation at all. It is good to care - in any dimension. More Americans put their caring into baseball than into anything else I can think of - and most put at least a little of it there. Baseball can be trusted, as great art can, and bad art can't." - William Saroyan

"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

"That's baseball, and it's my game. Y' know, you take your worries to the game, and you leave 'em there. You yell like crazy for your guys. It's good for your lungs, gives you a lift, and nobody calls the cops. Pretty girls, lots of 'em." - Humphrey Bogart

"Baseball is a religion in my classroom. It's a very important part of life, baseball." - Rafe Esquith

"I don't like comparisons with football. Baseball is an entirely different game. You can watch a tight, well-played football game,but it isn't exciting if half the stadium is empty. The violence on the field must bounce off a lot of people. But you can go to a ball park on a quiet Tuesday afternoon with only a few thousand people in the place and thoroughly enjoy a one-sided game. Baseball has an aesthetic, intellectual appeal found in no other team sport." - Bowie Kuhn

"The only game. The game of thrones." - George R R Martin

"Baseball would be a better game if more third basemen got hit in the mouth by line drivers." - Dan Jenkins

"The guy with the biggest stomach will be the first to take off his shirt at a baseball game." - Glenn Dickey

"We are inclined to think that if we watch a football game or a baseball game, we have taken part in it." - John F Kennedy

"Politics in a democratic society should not be treated like a baseball game, a game show or a soap opera. The times are too serious for that." - Bernie Sanders

"[Judge and Jury] is outstanding. I have learned more about the history of baseball, true history, than from anything I have ever read or heard about. [It's] research and documentation clarifies so many of the personalities and events that took place before 'my time' in the game. Jacques Barzun's quote: 'Whoever would know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball' should be supplanted by [this] biography of Landis." - Ralph Kiner

"The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and what could be again. Oh people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come." - W P Kinsella

"The whole history of baseball has the quality of mythology." - Bernard Malamud

"The first and last duty of the lover of the game of baseball," Peavine's book began, "whether in the stands or on the field, is the same as that of the lover of life itself: to pay attention to it. When it comes to the position of catcher, as all but fools and shortstops will freely acknowledge, this solemn requirement is doubled." - Michael Chabon

"No one was more important to the game of baseball in the last half of the 20th century than Henry Aaron and no one writes about that supremely talented man, that tumultuous time and this treasure of a game better than Howard Bryant. Together, they are an extraordinary combination, and the book Bryant has written gets to the heart of the complicated and dignified, patient and consistent genuine hero that is Henry Aaron." - Ken Burns

"One of the beautiful things about baseball is the history." - Jim Abbott

"Oh, the joys of baseball, manly men in tight pants." - Carolyn Hart

"I watch a lot of baseball on the radio." - Gerald Ford

"The Philadelphia Phillies are 2008 world champions of baseball." - Harry Kalas

"Baseball is the greatest of all team sports." - Herbert Hoover

"On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am terribly saddened by the sudden passing of Kirby Puckett. He was a Hall of Famer in every sense of the term. He was revered throughout the country and will be remembered wherever the game is played. Kirby was taken from us much too soon - and too quickly." - Bud Selig

"The banishment for life of Pete Rose from baseball is a sad end if a sorry episode. One of the game's greatest players has engaged in a variety of acts which have stained the game, and he must now live with the consequences of those acts. There is absolutely no deal for reinstatement." - A Bartlett Giamatti

"My dad was the force behind me early on. He was just infatuated with baseball. He was the one that basically taught me how to play the game. He gave a lot of his time working out with me, practicing and taking me to a lot of different games. It was hard work between both of us." - Rafael Palmeiro

"Probably the most dramatic change in pitching I've observed in my years in baseball has been the disappearance of the knockdown or brushback pitch. This is why record numbers of home runs are flying out of ballparks, why earned run averages are soaring, and why there are so few twenty game winners in the majors." - Frank Robinson

"He [Gene Kelly] once told me dancing was a man's game, as much of a sport as baseball itself. And he made us believe that. He changed our minds and suddenly, all of America wanted to dance just like Gene Kelly." - Liza Minnelli

"I never knew what Amazon was. I've never seen any of those series, even on cable. I've never seen The Sopranos, or Mad Men. I'm out every night and when I come home, I watch the end of the baseball or basketball game, and there's Charlie Rose and I go to sleep." - Woody Allen

"Baseball, to me, is still the national pastime because it is a summer game. I feel that almost all Americans are summer people, that summer is what they think of when they think of their childhood. I think it stirs up an incredible emotion within people." - Steve Busby

"Baseball is meant to be fun, and not all the solemn money-men in fur-collared greatcoats, not all the scruffy media cameramen and sour-faced reporters that crowd around the dugouts can quite smother the exhilarating spaciousness and grace of this impudently relaxed sport, a game of innumerable potential redemptions and curious disappointments." - John Updike

"Roberto Clemente played the game of baseball with great passion. That passion could only be matched by his unrelenting commitment to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate and those in need. People saw Roberto as a great ballplayer and humanitarian. He was also a great father, husband, teammate and friend." - Manny Sanguillen

"You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth - that means the boys. And after you've been a boy, and grow up to know how to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing themselves today in our national pastime." - Babe Ruth

"I've always played hard. If that's rough and tough, I can't help it. I don't believe there's any such thing as a good loser. I wouldn't sit down and play a game of cards with you right now withing wanting to win. If I hadn't felt that way I wouldn't have got very far in baseball." - Rogers Hornsby

"In baseball, I don't fraternize with players when it's time to hit. I'm preparing for the game. It's the most important time of the day. And I know if I don't hit, I won't have a job in the big leagues. That's why I tend to get very upset when people try to talk to me." - Albert Belle

"Baseball is something more than a game to an American boy; it is his training field for life's work. Destroy his faith in its squareness and honesty and you have destroyed something more; you have planted suspicion of all things in his heart." - Kenesaw Mountain Landis

"I cannot but feel that the one man, above all others, who deserves the eternal thanks of his own race, and all thinking people, for bringing about baseball's greatest reform, is Jackie Robinson himself...Certainly baseball people should be eternally grateful for the contribution he made to his own people, and to the game." - Ford Frick

"I developed a term that is used in the game right now called sacking a quarterback. Sacking a quarterback is just like you devastate a city or you cream a multitude of people. I mean it's just like you put all the offensive players in one bag and I just take a baseball bat and beat on the bag." - Deacon Jones

"Baseball is a game of the soul." - Pedro Martinez

"I love the game of baseball." - Dusty Baker

"I love the game of baseball." - Nomar Garciaparra

"Baseball is a game of inches." - Branch Rickey

"It's still the best game in town because you don't have to be big to play, and everybody plays. Even your grandmother probably played baseball." - Tommy Lasorda

"You saw him standing out there, and you knew you had a pretty damn good chance to win the baseball game." - Red Ruffing

"The clock doesn't matter in baseball. Time stands still or moves backwards. Theoretically, one game could go on forever. Some seem to." - Herb Caen

"Baseball is a lot like life. The line drives are caught, the squibbles go for base hits. It's an unfair game." - Rod Kanehl

"I never leave a game before the last pitch, because in baseball, as in life and especially politics, you never know what will happen." - Richard M. Nixon

"Somebody has inquired as to whether I will be going to the opening baseball game. I hope to have that pleasure." - Herbert Hoover

"Baseball is a slow, sluggish game, with frequent and trivial interruptions, offering the spectator many opportunities to reflect at leisure upon the situation on the field: This is what a fan loves most about the game" - Edward Abbey

"If you can't enjoy the game unless you are pretty sure your team is going to win, baseball is not the game for you. Remember, the best team in baseball in any year is going to be beaten about 60 times." - Daniel Okrent

"Baseball is the slow creation of something beautiful. It is the almost boringly paced accumulation of what seems slight or incidental into an opera of bracing suspense. The game will threaten never to end, until suddenly it forces you to marvel at how it came to be where it is and to wonder at how far it might go. It's the drowsy metamorphosis of the dull into the indescribable." - Joshua Ferris

"Baseball is the slow creation of something beautiful. It is the almost boringly paced accumulation of what seems slight or incidental into an opera of bracing suspense. The game will threaten never to end, until suddenly it forces you to marvel at how it came to be where it is and to wonder at how far it might go. It's the drowsy metamorphosis of the dull into the indescribable." - Joshua Ferris

"If real Satanism were allowed the kind of television time that Christianity has now, the kind of drawing out and patience that interviewers give sports figures, or the kind of coverage that a baseball game gets, Christianity would be completely eliminated in a few short months. If people were allowed to see the complete, unbiased truth, even for 60 minutes, it would be too dangerous. There would be no comparison." - Anton Szandor LaVey

"[A]ll of life, as we know it, moves in little, unavailing circles. More justly than to anything else, it can be likened to the game of baseball. Crack! we hit the ball, and away we go. If we earn a run (in life we call it success) we get back to the home plate and sit upon a bench. If we are thrown out, we walk back to the home plate - and sit upon a bench." - O Henry

"I'm just worried about winning baseball. I'm only worried about what I can do to help the team win. It's about improving in every facet of the game. I think that's everyone's goals. Whatever we can do to help the team win is what we'll do. I think Andy has done a great job of coming in and helping our offense. AD is getting those pitchers ready. Coach Mainieri is going to coach up some wins this year. We are very excited and working on every facet of the game." - Alex Bregman

"When I was a little-leaguer, I was sort of famous for stealing bases - and it started only because my mom wanted to be sure where I was in the afternoons. Mom always used to say, "If you don't come home dirty, you didn't play a baseball game." So I always tried to get in a situation where I had to slide so that I could go home dirty." - Rickey Henderson

"Hold a baseball in your hand ... Feel the ball, turn it over in your hand; hold it across the seam or the other way, with the seam just to the side of your middle finger. Speculation stirs. You want to get outdoors and throw this spare and sensual object to somebody or, at the very least, watch somebody else throw it. The game has begun." - Roger Angell

"I have seen boys on my baseball team go into slumps and never come out of them, and I have seen others snap right out and come back better than ever. I guess more players lick themselves than are ever licked by an opposing team. The first thing any man has to know is how to handle himself. Training counts. You can't win any game unless you are ready to win." - Connie Mack

"I don't think I've changed very much. I think I'm the same kid that I was when I got here. When I came here all I wanted to do was win games. I wanted to play baseball for LSU and be the ultimate team player. That's all I want to do. If we don't end up being the last team to win the game at the end of the year then I won't be happy. That's all I'm worried about this year." - Alex Bregman

"I want more runs in baseball itself. When you were raised on a sandlot, where the scores ran twenty-three to sixty-one, you yearn for something more than a five to two score. You know as well as I do that the excitement, temperature and decibels of any big game today rise instantly when there is someone on base. It reaches ecstasy when somebody makes a run." - Herbert Hoover

"Baseball, of all sports, and maybe of all human endeavors, has no room for cynicism." - Howard Frank Mosher

"That's the game of baseball - amazing things happen." - Mariano Rivera

"Ninety percent of the game (baseball) is half mental." - Yogi Berra

"I love the fans, I love the game of baseball, and I love Cincinnati baseball." - Pete Rose

"I chose baseball because to me baseball is the best game of all." - Dave Winfield

"The saddest day of the year is the day baseball season ends." - Tommy Lasorda

"Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball." - Rogers Hornsby

"If you're not having fun in baseball, you miss the point of everything." - Chris Chambliss

"It will revolutionize baseball. It will open a new area of alibis for the players." - Gabe Paul

"One of the things Ive learned is that baseball is something that happens over time." - Mark Walter

"A bit of baseball wisdom: You can't steal second with your foot on first." - Tony Robbins

"The first rule of baseball is to get a good ball to hit." - Rogers Hornsby

"Never wear a backward baseball cap to an interview unless applying for the job of umpire." - Casey Stengel

"No man in the history of baseball had as much power as . No man." - Mickey Mantle

"In the great department store of life, baseball is the toy department." - Anonymous

"Finally learning his baseball history, on the topic of Hank Aaron and his home run record" - Alfonso Soriano

"Young players need to know how to take care of themselves for life after baseball" - Barry Bonds

"This is Rickey calling on behalf of Rickey. Rickey wants to play baseball." - Rickey Henderson

"The human hand is made complete by the addition of a baseball." - Paul Dickson

"Results, are the name of the game..." - Jim Rohn

"Excellence is the name of the game..." - Judith Jamison

"Football is a game of tomorrows." - Geoff Hurst

"Politics is a game of friends." - Jean Chretien

"I would rather get out of the game than stay in the game to change the game." - Danielle LaPorte

"I had just turned 20, and Jackie told me the only way to be successful at anything was to go out and do it. He said baseball was a game you played every day, not once a week." - Hank Aaron

"Baseball endures at least in part because it is a contemplative sport that delights in nuances. Not a brazen game, eager to sell its thrills cheaply, but rather an understated affair that must be courted if its to be loved." - Kenneth Turan

"If a tree falls in the woods and no one's around to hear it, it still very probably makes a sound. A baseball game that's played with no one around to watch it, though that's a different proposition." - Carson Cistulli

"It's (baseball) on the radio and in the newspapers every day, the only game you can follow on that basis. From whatever arm's length you choose, it's always there." - Tom Seaver

"Purists maintain that if you go to a baseball game you will almost always see something you have never seen before. Unfortunately, it usually takes place in the stands." - Joe Queenan

"I could always throw the ball pretty well and I worked pretty hard at learning how to play the game. But I didn't consider it work as a kid, since I just loved playing baseball." - Jim Abbott

"READ! Books can be as delicious as hot-fudge sundaes, as funny as clowns, as exciting as a baseball game that's tied in the 9th inning, and as beautiful as the best sunset you ever saw." - Judith Viorst

"Baseball is the only game left for people. To play basketball, you have to be 7 feet 6 inches. To play football, you have to be the same width." - Bill Veeck

"Can you appreciate music without playing it? Yes, you can. You can appreciate baseball without playing it. Many people attend a football game merely for the crowd, the excitement, the color." - Jascha Heifetz

"They (Americans) have their national game, baseball - which is cricket played with a strong American accent - and they have a national language, entirely their own, unlike any other language spoken on the earth." - George Mikes

"Instead of playing the game "Making Life Wonderful", we often play the game called "Who's Right". Do you know that game? It's a game where everybody loses." - Marshall B. Rosenberg

"Pete Rose is baseball." - Sparky Anderson

"Mickey Mantle was baseball." - Bob Costas

"I have a plan of action, but the game is a game of adjustments." - Mike Krzyzewski

"Chess isn't a game of speed, it is a game of speech through actions" - Matt Selman

"The game of keeping what one has is never so exciting as the game of getting." - Zora Neale Hurston

"It enrages me to see only certain players singled out for the Hall of Fame because they were born with a God-given specialty. When I take my kids to the Baseball Hall of Fame, I want them to experience the full array of talents that make the game what it is today, not just the larger-than-life freaks of nature. I want them to know that you don't have to be the biggest or the strongest to reach your goals, and that hard work and perseverance are also rewarded." - Bert Blyleven

"It was the kind of promise a father makes easily and sincerely, knowing at the same time that it will be impossible to keep. The truth of some promises is not as important as whether or not you can believe in them, with all your heart. A game of baseball can't really make a summer day last forever. A home run can't really heal all the broken places in our world, or in a single human heart. And there was no way that Mr. Feld could keep his promise never to leave Ethan again. All parents leave their children one day." - Michael Chabon

"Golf is just a game - and an idiotic game most of the time." - Mark Calcavecchia

"When you watch the game, be a student of the game." - Don Meyer

"The game we are playing her is closest to the old game of 'Christians and lions.'" - Robert Crandall

"With pro-gaming that's one of the toughest parts - living game to game." - Jeremy Lin

"For a game it is too serious, for seriousness too much of a game." - Moses Mendelssohn

"You know why the game of golf is popular? Very easy, it's a great game." - Bernhard Langer

"Once the day is over in volleyball, I leave the court and no one sees or hears from me for the rest of the day. I like to keep work at work. It's pretty easy for me to live a pretty normal life. I like to coach and I like to sit in a crowd at a baseball game. No one really recognizes me unless I'm walking around a beach half-naked in a suit with my name on it. Of course, I have it easier than Kerri. When you're 6-3 you tend to stick out a little bit." - Misty May-Treanor



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