Great is Baseball…

5 04 2009

As I drink in the sweet nectar of the arrival of another season of America’s pastime, I am euphoric. It is hard for me to put words around the feelings it stirs up inside me. At the risk of seeming melodramatic and overstating it’s importance I am going to point you to a few of my favorite baseball quotes and let you, the reader make your own conclusions,
Here goes…

“Great is Baseball. The National Tonic. The Revival of Hope. The Restorer of Confidence.”
The Sporting News, circa 1930

“I see great things in Baseball. It’s our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us.”

Walt Whitman

“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 that could be again.”
Field of Dreams

“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

“No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you’re going to win one-third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.”
Tommy Lasorda

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

“…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, Bull Durham

“The trouble with baseball is that it is not played the year round.”
Gaylord Perry

“If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there is a man on base.”
Dave Barry (does this make me an old man for including a DB quote?)

“Well, boys, it’s a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square.”
Joe Schultz

“Hating the New York Yankees is as American as apple pie, unwed mothers and cheating on your income tax.”
Mike Royko

“Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for the house in blackjack.”
Adam Morrow

“What does a mama bear on the pill have in common with the World Series? No cubs.”
Harry Caray

Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too.
Greg, age 8

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3 responses

6 04 2009
Joel

Knowing about Dave Barry does not make you old. I have read all of his books and I have his desk calendar on my desk right now.

6 04 2009
Brittany

Love the Bull Durham quote…underrated movie

20 04 2009
josh

i love the pic of nolan ryan

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