Saturday, December 29, 2007

Everything I know about writing I learned from baseball

Yes, one of my goofier posts.

Roy Campanella: "You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too."

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

Art Hill: "With those who don't give a damn about baseball, I can only sympathize. I do not resent them. I am even willing to concede that many of them are physically clean, good to their mothers and in favor of world peace. But while the game is on, I can't think of anything to say to them."

Robert Frost: "Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things."

Bill Veeck: "This is a game to be savored, not gulped."

Tallulah Bankhead: "There have been only two geniuses in the world. Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare."

Philip Wrigley: "Baseball is too much of a sport to be called a business, and too much of a business to be called a sport."

Ty Cobb: "The crowd makes the ballgame."

Because he deserves his own slot ... Yogi Berra quotes

"All pitchers are liars or crybabies."

"Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical."

"How can a you hit and think at the same time?"

"In baseball, you don't know nothing."

"The game's isn't over until it's over."

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

"I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat, and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?"

From the movie "For Love of the Game"

Billy Chapel: "Clear the mechanism."

Billy Chapel: "The game doesn't stink, Mr. Wheeler. It's a great game."

Billy Chapel: "I ain't carryin' no books. Where's the pillows?"

Billy Chapel: "Don't help them make a joke out of you."

Billy Chapel: "God, I always said I would never bother you about baseball, lord knows you have bigger things to worry about. But if you could make this pain in my shoulder stop for ten minutes, I would really appreciate it."

Billy Chapel: "I used to believe, I still do, that if you give something your all it doesn't matter if you win or lose, as long as you've risked everything, put everything out there."

From the movie "Bull Durham"

Crash Davis: "Think classy, you'll be classy."

Crash Davis: "Let's have some fun out here! This game's fun, OK? Fun goddamnit."

Crash Davis: "Don't think; it can only hurt the ball club."

Crash Davis: "If you believe you're playing well because you're getting laid, or because you're not getting laid, or because you wear women's underwear, then you ARE!"

Crash Davis: "We gotta play it one day at a time."
Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: "Got to play... it's pretty boring."
Crash Davis: "Course it's boring, that's the point. Write it down."

Skip: "You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!"
Larry: "Lollygaggers!"

1 comment:

Howard von Darkmoor said...

Gol dang, Ty! Trying to kill me here!? You know how hard that was to read all the way through? ;)

And Art Hill can just go pound sand. And I won't sympathize, neither!