Sunday, August 7, 2016

A Rod Quote of the Day

Only fitting during announcement of his retirement, we share a quote about Alex Rodriguez from an earlier day when all people talked about was his greatness as a player and person.

"I only hope that someday he might be as good a player as he is a person."--Jerry Narron, on A Rod

Monday, August 1, 2016

Baseball Quote of the Day for August 1 Goes to Jay Bruce

As a Mets fan, I am very excited about the acquisition of the National League's RBI leader, Jay Bruce. In honor of his joining the Mets, he gets our baseball quote of the day.

"They know Jay Bruce is going to be a great player for years to come."---Marty Brennaman, said in Bruce's rookie year

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Baseball Quote of the Day about Nolan Ryan

Today's baseball quote of the day is brought to us by Mr. October, Reggie Jackson talking about the one and only Nolan Ryan

"Ryan is the only guy who puts fear in me. Not because he can get you out but because he can kill you."--Reggie Jackson

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Love of the Knuckleball---Ten Hilarious Knuckleball Quotes

Who doesn't love the knuckleball (besides hitters), the way it floats like a butterfly and stings like a mild bee coming in at 62 mph. There have been some great ones over the years like Hoyt Wilhelm, Phil Niekro, Charlie Hough, Tim Wakefield and now R.A. Dickey and Stephen Wright. In honor of Hoyt Wilhelm's birthday, here are ten of the funniest knuckleball quotes of all-time.  Enjoy and happy birthday Hoyt

"He knew where it was going when he threw it, but when he got two strikes on you, he'd break out one that even he didn't know where it was going."   Brooks Robinson, on Hoyt Wilhelm

"Heaven is a place where no one throws a knuckleball"--Gus Triandos

"If the knuckleball was my wife, I would divorce her."--Dan Quisenberry, on trying to perfect the knuckleball

"A curve ball that doesn't give a damn."--Jimmy Cannon, describing a knuckleball

"Trying to hit Niekro is like trying to eat jello with chopsticks."---Bobby Murcer, on Phil Niekro's knuckleball

"I'd rather have my legs cut off than do that all day. You just hope it hits your bat on a good spot."--John Kruk, on hitting the knuckleball

"A stadium with the lights out."--Charlie Hough, on the best situation to throw a knuckleball

"It's like practicing javelin catching."---Andy Van Slyke, on trying to hit Charlie Hough's knuckleball

      "You're better off trying to hit Tim Wakefield when you're in a drunken stupor."--Jason Giambi

 "Use a big glove and a pair of rosary beads."--Joe Torre, on the best way to catch a knuckleball

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great Quotes of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza

The advantage of being a certain age and being a baseball fan is I got to see both Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza in their prime. Imagine the contrast when they were drafted---Griffey as the Number One Pick, groomed from Day One to be a superstar--Piazza, a late round pick, whose only claim to fame was that Tommy Lasorda was his Godfather.

Yet, both ended up being among the greatest of their eras. I've seen all the great catchers from the 60's on and there was no better hitting catcher than Piazza. Plus as a Mets fan, he gave us great memories to last a lifetime.

Griffey was one of the greatest of natural talents. His first few years with the Mariners, he was as good an all-around player as their could possibly be. If not for the injuries, he could likely have been the home run king.

What better way to celebrate their greatness than to share some of the all-time great quotes of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza

"What does jelly do to Peanut Butter? That is what Junior means to us."---Bill Plummer, on Griffey

"To me, it felt like 70 with a nice breeze"--Mike Piazza, on playing in his first all-star game in 95 degree heat

"You better clap or you're grounded."---Ken Griffey Sr., after hitting a double, while teammates with Junior

"If he wants to, he can hit 800 home runs."--Felipe Alou, on Griffey

"People will come from all over the country to see him play."--Tommy Lasorda, on Piazza's rookie year

"Ken Griffey Junior has the perfect swing."---Joe Morgan

"They didn't trade a player. They traded a franchise."--Jim Murray, after the Dodgers traded Mike Piazza

"He's the only guy I've ever seen who can call his own shots."--Mackey Sasser, on Griffey

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Some All Time Great Nate Thurmond Quotes including one from LeBron James

RIP to the great Nate Thurmond, voted one of the top fifty NBA players of all time. He was one of the all-time fiercest competitors in NBA history who worked harder than virtually anyone, making up what he lacked in natural skills with determination and hard work.

He played in the heyday of great centers--spanning a career that included playing against Russell and Chamberlin (actually he and Chamberlin were teammates his rookie year) to Kareem. He played against so many other greats like Willis Reed, Wes Unseld, Bob Lanier, Zelmo Beatty and so many other top centers.

You could tell how respected he was by all the greats who speak of him in such reverential terms including the likes of Kareem, LeBron, Jerry West, Rick Barry and others.

Check out some all-time great quotes about Nate Thurmond

"Nate was one of the great centers to ever play the game and I was privileged to call him a teammate and dear friend"--Rick Barry

He plays me better than anyone ever has."--Kareem Abdul Jabbar

He played with unbelievable intensity and was simply a man among boys on most nights, especially in the defensive end."--Jerry West

I wasn't a hell of a leaper but I had good timing."--Nate Thurmond, on his rebounding and block shot ability

"Knowing you played in the same rec league as me growing up, gave me hope of making it out."---Tweet from LeBron
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He was as ferocious as any player in the history of the game on the court, but one of the kindest and nicest guys in everyday life."--Al Attles

"Blocking shots still turns me on, I wish they were counting blocked shots in my big years. They started keeping track of them to late for me"--Nate Thurmond, on what his blocked shot numbers would have looked like in his early years

"Nate Thurmond was a great of his era and one of the greatest players in the history of the game"--Adam Silver

"It's demoralizing to a guy if you score on him at one end and shove him out of the way at the other end."--Nate Thurmond

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Game of Thrones Baseball Quote MashUp Part 2

Back by popular demand is the next in our series of mashups combining Game of Thrones Characters and Baseball Quotations. Today's star is the High Sparrow,

High Sparrow

"That's why I don't talk. Because I talk too much."--Joaquin Andujar

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Game of Thrones and Baseball Quote Mash Up

Imagine some of your favorite Game of Thrones characters in a baseball quote mash up. Think it would be fun. Check it out

Waldo Frey---"Could be a good guy when you get to know him but why bother."---Dizzy Dean (originally said about Bill Terry)
Ramsay Bolton--"He has the ability to take a bad situation and make it even worse."---Branch Rickey (originally said about Leo Durocher)
 Peter "Littlefinger' Baelish--"I think greed is a terrible thing--unless you're in on the ground floor"--Yogi Berra (originally said about the movie Wall Street)
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ten Absolutely Laugh Out Loud Quotes from Baseball Managers

Baseball managers say the most laugh out things. Check out ten of the all-time hilarious quotes by baseball managers especially Number 10--a personal favorite

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"I'm not the manager because I'm always right. I'm always right because I'm the manager."
Gene Mauch

"They say good managers were mediocre players. I should be a hell of a manager."
Charlie Hough

"The toughest thing about managing is standing up for nine innings."
Paul Owens

"The secret of managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the five guys who are undecided."
Casey Stengel

"If they could hit like Ted Williams, I would."
Ted Williams--asked as a manager if he would give any of his players the star treatment

"There are three things the average man thinks he can do better than anybody else: build a fire, run a motel and manage a baseball team."
Rocky Bridges

"Only if I had one year left to live."
Mookie Wilson, asked if he ever wanted to manage a baseball team

"I don't trip my players on the way to the dugout."
Casey Stengel, on the secret to managing

"Have a strong stomach and a long contract"
Dick Howser

"If he had made me a consultant five minutes ago, my first recommendation would be not to fire the manager."
John Wathan, on being offered a job as a consultant after being fired by the Royals

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Monday, June 13, 2016

George Brett's Great Quotes and Funny Statements

Shout out to one of baseball's all-time great hitters, the Kansas City Royal's George Brett. What better way to celebrate the great George Brett than with some classic quotes about his hitting ability.

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"There's nothing Brett can't hit."
--Ray Miller

"George Brett could get good wood on an aspirin."
--Jim Frey

"There's not a thing he can't do."
--Dick Howser

"If God had given him no balls and two strikes, he'd still get a hit."
--Steve Palermo

"He plays the way old timers think the old timers played the game."
--Whitey Herzog

"George Brett could roll out of bed on Christmas morning and hit a line drive."
--John Schuerholz

"If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing your grandmother with her teeth out."
--George Brett

"I was three over---one over a house, one over a patio and one over a swimming pool."
--George Brett, on his golf game

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