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I tried marriage. I'm 0 for 3 with the marriage thing. So, being a ballplayer - I believe in numbers. I'm not going 0 for 4. I'm not wearing a golden sombrero.
Reading isn't good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn't hit home runs. So I gave up reading.
The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.
The ballplayer who loses his head, who can't keep his cool, is worse than no ballplayer at all.
To play 18 years in Yankee Stadium is the best thing that could ever happen to a ballplayer.
I want to be remembered as a ballplayer who gave all I had to give.
The more self-centered and egotistical a guy is, the better ballplayer he's going to be.
Roger Maris was as good a man and as good a ballplayer as there ever was.
The biggest thrill a ballplayer can have is when your son takes after you. That happened when my Bobby was in his championship Little League game. He really showed me something. Struck out three times. Made an error that lost the game. Parents were throwing things at our car and swearing at us as we drove off. Gosh, I was proud.
I'm a ballplayer, not an actor.
I'm just a ballplayer with one ambition, and that is to give all I've got to help my ball club win. I've never played any other way.
If you can do that - if you run, hit, run the bases, hit with power, field, throw and do all other things that are part of the game - then you're a good ballplayer.
You can look at everything from pre-Heisman to post-Heisman, and I think that's why it ranks up at the top, because before then, I didn't even think I was good enough to be a professional ballplayer.
Any ballplayer that don't sign autographs for little kids ain't an American. He's a communist.
My father never saw me play ball, and I was an outstanding ballplayer. I missed all that adoration.
A great ballplayer is a player who will take a chance.
How to use your leisure time is the biggest problem of a ballplayer.
I was a ballplayer, but only for a limited time. I grew up playing in Wisconsin. It's a very sports-centric part of the country that I grew up in and I played a lot of sports, but baseball first and foremost. I played through high school. I was a middle-infielder.
There ain't much to being a ballplayer, if you're a ballplayer.
But I want you to know that what I'm doing here I'm doing as a ballplayer, a major league ballplayer.
I refuse to be molded into some stereotypical ballplayer that has no interests, really, no life, no depth, no intelligence.
I'm a ballplayer. I know how hard the game is... and anybody that makes it in the Hall of Fame, I support. They become a member of our special fraternity.
I haven't seen a player in this game, as long as I've been in it, that can't be pitched to... Barry is an outstanding ballplayer. I respect him an awful lot. I also have confidence in my pitchers that they can pitch to Barry Bonds and get him out.
The only real happiness a ballplayer has is when he is playing a ball game and accomplishes something he didn't think he could do.
Back then, my idol was Bugs Bunny, because I saw a cartoon of him playing ball - you know, the one where he plays every position himself with nobody else on the field but him? Now that I think of it, Bugs is still my idol. You have to love a ballplayer like that.
My father helped me become a ballplayer and take the good with the bad.
I don't want to be Babe Ruth. He was a great ballplayer. I'm not trying to replace him. The record is there and damn right I want to break it, but that isn't replacing Babe Ruth.
A pitcher is not a ballplayer.
A young ballplayer looks on his first spring training trip as a stage struck young woman regards the theater.
Twenty games is the magic figure for pitchers - .300 is the magic figures for batters. It pays off in salary and reputation. And those are the two things that keep a ballplayer in business.
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