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Baseball is a spectacle; people come to see it because it is artificial, because it distills reality into a customary form. Yet the very fact that they come to see it makes it real. A culture is its carnivals, its stage plays, its sideshows and circuses.

TIMOTHY MORRIS, Making the Team

The New York Mets are planning to move the walls of Citi Field in order to increase the number of homeruns they hit. Call me old fashioned but isn't that what steroids are for?

CONAN O'BRIEN, Conan, Nov. 2, 2011

Am I still in uniform? Then I ain't retired.

PETE ROSE, St. Petersburg Times, Mar. 23, 1989

Baseball is the American success story. It is the only avenue of escape for thousands of boys born into a dreay environment of poverty. It is, moreover, a great common ground on which bartenders and bishops, clergymen and bosses, bankers and laborers meet with true equality and understanding. The game has proved in everyday language that democracy works.

J. G. TAYLOR SPINK, attributed, Seasons of Change

Baseball exemplifies a tension in the American mind, the constant pull between our atomistic individualism and our yearning for community.

GEORGE F. WILL, Men at Work

Baseball is a team sport, encoding in its formula for success social and intellectual abilities that individual sports do not require.

TIMOTHY MORRIS, Making the Team

Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off.

BILL VEECK, attributed, Joy in Mudville

Baseball is a game that boys play for fun and men play for keeps.

BARNEY MANN, attributed, Making the Team

There was a beauty here bigger than the hurtling beauty of basketball, a beauty refined from country pastures, a game of solitariness, of waiting, waiting for the pitcher to complete his gaze toward first base and throw his lightning, a game whose very taste, of spit and dust and grass and sweat and leather and sun, was America.

JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit Redux

Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.

JACQUES BARZUN, attributed, Game Plans

You don't want to get beat, number one, and you hate getting shutout, number two, and even worse, no hits.

DUSTY BAKER, postgame interview, Oct. 6, 2010

Major League Baseball announced today that Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for 211 games. So if you're familiar with baseball's schedule, it means he'll be out for about a month. I think there are 10,000 games in a season.

CONAN O'BRIEN, Conan, Aug. 5, 2013

I enjoy Shea Stadium. But the fans are something else. I look upon each game there as an experience. I get to go to a zoo and don't have to pay admission.

PETE ROSE, attributed, The Complete Armchair Book of Baseball

That's the thing about baseball ... You do what they did before you. That's the connection you make. There's a whole long line. A man takes his kid to a game and thirty years later this is what they talk about when the poor old mutt's wasting away in the hospital.

DON DELILLO, Underworld

The Yankees have blown a 10-game lead in the standings, and are now tied for first place. You can tell they're depressed. Today, five of their players tested positive for Häagen-Dazs.

JIMMY FALLON, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Sep. 5, 2012

I'm lucky to have the opportunity to play baseball. However, I'm not lucky because I'm a good baseball player. I like to think that I am good because I worked hard and am dedicated to the game.

PETE ROSE: Pete Rose: My Life in Baseball

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, attributed, The Gigantic Book of Baseball Quotations

There are parents out there screaming as if their kid is going to be in the big leagues someday. C'mon. I chew them out if I see that. Maybe they've got their own idea how to do things, but it's wrong. Just be with the kids. Let 'em make errors. Give them all a chance. It's not about winning. It's spirit, togetherness.

TOMMY LASORDA, Los Angeles Daily News, July 14, 2013

Baseball is like driving, it's the one who gets home safely that counts.

TOMMY LASORDA, attributed, The Gigantic Book of Baseball Quotations

Baseball has two main elements that grip the fan. Like many other sports, it has great subtlety and it has individual heroism. As an American child you're mesmerized by both. As a boy you play baseball all summer long, all day long and into the evening, so long as there is still light enough to be able to see the ball. Then as an adult, you watch it and follow it for the rest of your life, still like a child.

PHILIP ROTH, Le Monde, special issue, Jan. 2013

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