I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks in batting practice.
Opening day. All you have to do is say the words and you feel the shutters thrown wide, the room air out, the light pour in. In baseball, no other day is so pure with possibility. No scores yet, no losses, no blame or disappointment. No hangover, at least until the game’s over.
He’s got power enough to hit home-runs in any park, including Yellowstone.
~Manager Sparky Anderson, on Willie Stargell
As far as sleeping goes, you’re up and ready to go at six in the morning. Spring training was always a combination of relaxing and working, and I missed that quite a bit. I missed being around the ball field. A baseball. A bat. The smell of the uniform, you might say. Talking baseball. Seeing opponents as well as the Cubs.
Baseball is a good thing. Always was, always will be.
In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept constructive criticism. Without one-hundred percent dedication, you won’t be able to do this.
The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid. And if the hitter is timid, he has to remind the hitter he’s timid.