Great Baseball Quotes
Hank Aaron-"I need to depend on Someone who is bigger, stronger and wiser than I am. I don't do it on my own. God is my strength. He gave me a good body and some talent and the freedom to develop it. He helps me when things go wrong. He forgives me when I fall on my face. He lights the way."
Hank Aaron-"My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging."
Hank Aaron-"I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That's when you've got to be serious. When I get out on the field, nothing's a joke to me. I don't feel like I should walk around with a smile on my face."
Jim Abbott-"I loved throwing a baseball. It is so important to find something in life you feel crazy about. Because you are so passionate you naturally practice. The hard work that it takes to do something well will come easily."
Jeremy Affeldt-"I didn't know how much of an advantage it was to make that change my junior year to love Jesus until that point in my life when I began my pro career. Being on my own was like a right hook to the face. The things I saw, the things that were expected of me, the things that it took to live in the world as a professional man. The challenges were too great for me to handle on my own, I needed someone to lean on, someone to give me the strength that I didn't have. That was Jesus, that was my savior and that is who I love deeply."
Edgardo Alfonso-"God gives us the talent, but we have to be strong and guard our talent. There are so many temptations out there. You get tired, have bad games, or want to quit. When you have a strong faith and purpose, it helps you to fight. You need to face the day seeing with your spiritual mind instead of your carnal mind."
Richie Allen-"Baserunning is an art and a skill. If I'm on second, one ball on the batter, I'm going to try and get a big lead to distract the pitcher. My job is to help get ball two. Now the pitcher's got to throw a strike. Batter knows that. I know that. He's in a position to get good wood on the ball. He gets a single, I score. That's good baserunning."
Walter Alston-"Look at misfortune the same way you look at success - Don't Panic! Do your best and forget the consequences."
Sparky Anderson-"Those of us lucky enough to be part of the game have a tremendous responsibility — we're charged with giving back to the game all the good things the game has given us."
Ernie Banks-"Awards mean a lot, but they don't say it all. The people in baseball mean more to me than statistics."
Ernie Banks-"The only way to prove you're a good sport is to lose."
Michael Barrett-"Every day is a learning process and each day is filled with its own challenges. It is my goal to please the Lord out of love for Him and gratitude for giving me eternal life. It is great to know that because I placed my trust in Jesus Christ alone for my salvation I am assured of spending eternity in heaven. There is nothing I could ever do that could earned this – not by doing good works or going to church - for salvation is a free gift from God, who sent His Son to die on the cross in my place."
Hank Bauer-"It's no fun playing if you don't make somebody else unhappy. I do everything hard."
Heath Bell-"How great is our God who not only pursues us, but transforms us as well. This is not to say that Christians are perfect, or have it all figured out, or don’t struggle. But we know that our flaws and shortcomings do not hinder the work God is doing. It is a process, a journey that we are on for the rest of our lives and all we really have to do, is give it up to God and surely we can do all things through Him."
Jay Bell-" Dreams are great to have and goals are important to set. Someday all of the achievements I’ve been blessed with in baseball will be wiped away and I’ll be gone and forgotten. But the ultimate goal in life is to have a relationship with God and have the assurance of knowing you’ll spend eternity with Him. It’s great to know that God loves me and sent His Son, Jesus to die for my sins (John 3:16)."
Carlos Beltran-"When I was in Kansas City everything was going well for me. My marriage was good and I was very successful in baseball but something was missing in my life. That something was Christ. Every human being is born with a little defect in his heart. That defect is a hole in the heart that can only be filled by Jesus Christ."
Johnny Bench-"Slumps are like a soft bed. They're easy to get into and hard to get out of."
Lance Berkman-"The overriding thing has to be a love for people. If you don't love people, you don't care if we live in a morally degrading society. Christ is about love, and that's what we want to be about as well."
Dante Bichette-" There's the pressure of being a father, a family man, raising children. I mentioned my faith in an interview once, and a couple weeks later, received a letter from a person who was thankful for what I said, and told me I was a role model for her children. We all need the pressure of being good role models, of setting a good example. I would hope other people would set a good example for my children as well. But sometimes, the pressure is overwhelming. That's when I rely on God. I've learned that every time I'm done, when I seem to have no one to turn to, God is always there. I pick up the Bible and find direction and focus, and hope, when I thought there was none, or at least when I had lost sight of it ."
Craig Biggio-"I don't think anybody's bigger than the game. We're all very fortunate to wear our uniforms. As baseball players, we owe everything to the game; the game doesn't owe us anything."
Bobby Bonilla-"Kids today are looking for idols, but sometimes they look too far... They don't have to look any farther than their home because those are the people that love you. They are the real heroes."
Jim Bouton-"You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time."
Jeff Brantley-"When I was in the 10th grade, I remember making a decision to accept Jesus into my heart, but I didn't tell anyone, and I never knew much about what the Bible had to say about Him. At that time I wasn't serious about my beliefs. God occupied a space in my mind, but He was never a priority in my life. The most important thing I learned was that it wasn't enough for me to know God intellectually. I needed to know God through a personal relationship with his only Son Jesus Christ. When I made my decision to give my life to Jesus, many things changed. My top priority in life was to please God in everything I did, and my family took precedence over baseball."
Sid Bream-""I loved playing baseball but nothing in the world is more important to me than helping people understand what Jesus did for them. Other than spending time with kids, and doing some coaching, this (public speaking) is what I do now. I've been able to go all over the world, sharing my faith, and it's been a blessing for me. If we were to go back and do it over again, I am sure Bobby Cox would have put in a pitcher to pinch-run for me. Things may have been done differently. But, God had a plan. He knew that when I scored I would be able to stand up and tell thousands of people about my personal relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
George Brett-"I don't think I can play any other way but all out. I enjoy the game so much because I'm putting so much into it."
Chris Burke-"We play a game where, if you do well 30 percent of the time, you’re really good. And through that, you certainly learn about yourself and handling failure, and hopefully you learn how to treat people respectfully even when things aren’t going your way."
Paul Byrd-"If we lose we pray to be able to handle it and learn from it and get better because failure is certainly a part of baseball and if we win we pray to handle that as well."
Paul Byrd-"I've never read a scripture where God delights in you not giving your all or you doing a poor job at work, it's the exact opposite He says you give everything you've got until you drop."
Roy Campanella-"I never want to quit playing ball. They’ll have to cut this uniform off of me to get me out of it."
Brett Carroll-"Through the ups and downs of my baseball career and in life, God has humbled me and finally grabbed my attention to remind me that I could not do this on my own. I began to understand the importance of a daily relationship with Christ and that life and baseball is a journey. The opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream still made me see that playing in the Major Leagues is a blessing but there is more to life. I realized that I wanted Christ to live in me while I play baseball for His glory instead of my own. After all, God is the one who created me. Achievements, rewards, stats and earthly things will fade over time, but it is the kingdom of Heaven that will last forever."
Gary Carter-"Paul wrote about faith and perseverance and hard work overcoming adversity, and he didn't worry about why things had gone against him. The more I read, the more I realized the one thing that I was to do during a tough spell, a long slump, a "jinx": Press on, look forward, trust the One who truly controls my life."
Joe Carter-"I honestly believed I would make it. I had the desire. A lot of people have the ability, but they don't put forth the effort."
Joe Carter-"I stand here not because I have fame or money or because I play on TV or hit a World Series home run. That doesn't matter. It doesn't matter because I stand here as a humble person because I know He could have picked someone else. In His Word he says, 'the least of us shall be first.' When I look up, I realize I am blessed and I say thank you Jesus for all you have done for me because without you I would be nothing."
Steve Cishek-""I carry it (Colossians 3:23) in my back pocket when I pitch, every game. It reminds me that when I am pitching, I can't pitch to impress our coaches or staff or any teammates. I'm working for God's glory. With good outings or bad iutings, He doesn't care how I pitch. No matter what, He loves me. So, it takes an enormous amount of pressure off me to perform for a crowd. And good outing or terrible outing, I always thank the Lord for what he has done in my life and for allowing me to play baseball."
Tony Clark-"On January 27, 2001, the focus of my career and the process of changing the desires of my heart all began. It was no longer about me but rather how I could impact others for the Kingdom. I officially was in the people business. That philosophy, combined with a warrior mentality, I believe, has endeared me to being labeled a positive clubhouse influence."
Roberto Clemente-"Why does everyone talk about the past? All that counts is tomorrow's game."
Roberto Clemente-"When I put on my uniform, I feel I am the proudest man on earth."
Ty Cobb-"Speed is a great asset; but it's greater when it's combined with quickness - and there's a big difference."
Ty Cobb-"Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher."
Richard Cardinal Cushing-"DEAR GOD, help me be a good sport in the game of life. I don't ask for an easy place in the lineup. Put me anywhere you need me. I only ask that I can give you 100% of everything I have. If all the hard drives seem to come my way, I thank you for the compliment. Help me to remember that you never send a player more trouble then he can handle with your help… And help me, Lord, to accept the bad breaks as part of the game. May I always play on the square no matter what others do…Help me study…THE BOOK so I'll know the rules… Finally, God, if the natural turn of events goes against me and I am benched for sickness or old age, help me accept that as a part of the game, too. Keep me from whimpering that I was framed or that I got a raw deal. And when I finish the final inning, I ask for no laurels; all I want is to believe in my heart, I played as well as I could and that I didn't let you down. Amen..."
Chris Davis-"We're out here trying to be the best baseball players we can be, but at the same time, there are so many more ways we can reach out to people. We can touch them on different levels. Maybe it's the way we carry ourselves and the way we go about our business off the field. God has given me the ability to go out and play the game of baseball, but anything that anybody does, anything that lets their talent shine, is through Him. You were given that ability for a reason. That's one thing that helps me keep my head on my shoulders. It's good to be respected on the baseball field, but when all is said and done, it's really about who you are on inside, and what's important to you."
Rajai Davis-"It (his faith) helps me mentally, eases my mind and gives me the belief that I can go out there and be ready. I believe that God will help me be successful in whatever I do."
Andre Dawson-"I didn't play this game with this goal in mind, but I'm living proof that if you love this game, the game will love you back."
Dizzy Dean-"It puzzles me how they know what corners are good for filling stations. Just how did they know gas and oil was under there?"
Matt Diaz-"I grew up in a ministry family. My dad was a preacher. I received Christ at a Dawson McCallister meeting when I was 13 years old, but I didn't ask Him to be my Lord until I was 19. I remember when I was unpacking luggage and settling into my college dorm. I saw a Bible my mom had packed for me. Everything I read that night hit me in the face. I randomly opened it to the passages in Revelation about being lukewarm. I realized that I had been living lukewarm. I wanted the best of both worlds. I wanted to fit in. And there's nothing wrong with fitting in if it's within God's will, but I wasn't willing to sacrifice the things I wanted. That's when my faith became real to me."
R.A. Dickey-"Ultimately, our lives hinge on the ability to make right choices and decisions. By God's grace, I made the most important decision a person can ever make. I invited Jesus Christ to be Lord of my life and made a commitment to follow Him. God offers each of us the free gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus by "confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believing in your heart that God raised him from the dead" (Romans 10:9). It is a wonderful and peaceful feeling to serve a God who loves me and cares about every detail of my life."
R.A. Dickey-"I really felt tht God gave me a very unique story and it took awhile for me to get the equipment to process it and the vocabulary to communicate it. When these things started to happen, I felt a compulsion from God that He wanted me to share my story, even though it was very painful. I tried to be obedient to that, before I didn't have the capacity to talk about it [abuse]. I took me a good five years to get to that place where I felt I could talk about it in a way that would make sense and also [that] was transparent ."
Dave Dravecky-"When I broke my arm, I knew there was something a lot bigger than baseball (about to happen) ... I had a sense that God had something for me, something bigger than baseball."
J.D. Drew-"I grew up in a Christian home, but was nearly 17 before I realized I had to make my own decision to place my trust in Christ. Salvation cannot be earned by doing good works or going to church, and can’t be automatically passed on from Christian parents. Salvation is a free gift from God, who sent His Son Jesus Christ to die in our place (Ephesians 2:8-9)."
Adam Everett-"I went off to college at The University of South Carolina. When I set foot on campus for the first time, I had a huge empty feeling in my life. I began attending a Bible study for college athletes. As a result of hearing God’s Word, I rededicated my life to Jesus Christ. I felt a tremendous burden lift off my shoulders. Since then, I have found direction, purpose, and meaning for my life. Jeremiah 29:11-12 has become a reality in my life: “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Bob Feller-"Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is."
Josh Fields-"In college, I got to a point where I started realizing that it wasn’t about me. I had been out there doing it for me, but it was supposed to be for God. At that point, I started praying before practice and saying, ‘Just make this practice the best practice You can and help me develop relationships with people. When you start going into sports with that attitude, you stop thinking about your personal gains. You really focus on your relationships, and, when it’s done, you can look back and say, ‘Wow, I was really blessed in that period of time because I did have the right mental attitude."
Nellie Fox-"If a ballplayer is satisfied, he's going to slip. You have to keep fighting to improve."
Jeff Francoeur-"You have to build a relationship with a person, then gain their trust. They see how you're living and they're going to want that. That's the only thing that brings you complete happiness. Spend time with Christ."
Lou Gehrig-"The ballplayer who loses his head, who can't keep his cool, is worse than no ballplayer at all."
Bob Gibson-"I guess I was never much in awe of anybody. I think you have to have that attitude if you're going to go far in this game."
Joe Girardi-"The fans in New York have a real passion for baseball, and I think it's okay, even important, for people to have outlets. Playing there is a platform to show them that Christ is my outlet, my provider. The Bronx is a tough place. People are looking for hope. I want to show them that my hope is in God, and theirs can be too."
Adrian Gonzalez-"In 2003 while in Albuquerque I gave my life to Christ for the first time. My wife already a believer gave her life to Christ at the same time as well. Since that day my thoughts, and actions have taken a complete turnaround. In-turn, my life has been saved thanks to promises of love and salvation I'm promised by God. I now have a purpose and goal in life and that is to be next to my father, Lord and Savior when my day of judgement comes. I want to be a disciple of Christ and and follow his teachings as well as draw others to follow and dedicate their life to Jesus Christ. Everyday is a new challenge and opportunity to make a difference. Life, baseball and everything is God given and if not for him we wouldn't be here."
Josh Hamilton-"I glorify God by using the talent that He gave me and doing the best I can, even though it might not work out all the time."
Todd Helton-"I don't try to be a Christian to be a better baseball player. I try to be a Christian to be a better person and father. I struggle with it every day, like everyone else in the world. I want to be a better person, like everybody else. We're dirtbags, like 99 percent of the world. Maybe worse, because we are baseball players. Some guys are Christians and some guys aren't."
Orel Hershiser-"I've played in the big leagues, and been fortunate enough to make a lot of money and have a happy home and a great family. I would say if you picked my priorities, it would be my relationship with God, and then my family and health, and then baseball and making money."
Whitey Herzog-"What counts aren't the number of double plays, but the ones you should have had and missed."
Darren Holmes-" In 1986 I received Jesus Christ in my life as my point man, my Lord and Savior. After years of trying to do things my way I realized that I had no direction in my life and I was very empty inside. I always knew that God was real but I didn't feel like I could be cool and serve Jesus at the same time. I now realize that being cool was not good enough to get me eternal life. It is a privilege and a great responsibility to serve Christ each day. It's an awesome feeling to lay down at night and wake up each morning with peace in my heart and assurance of eternal life. To me, that is what being cool is all about ."
Rogers Hornsby-"I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it."
Rogers Hornsby-"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
Willie Horton-"In 2003, at the age of 60, a nephew of mine was battling cancer. I tried to talk with him about how he was feeling, and he told me not to worry about him. “You should be worrying about your own soul,” he said. His words hit me like a fastball to the ribs. I was stunned to receive a call a couple days later informing me that he had died of a heart attack. The day after attending his funeral, I received the news that another nephew had been tragically killed. At the church for his funeral, God’s message of love overwhelmed me. I knew it was time and I received Jesus Christ as my Savior."
Miller Huggins-"A good catcher is the quarterback, the carburetor, the lead dog, the pulse taker, the traffic cop and sometimes a lot of unprintable things, but no team gets very far without one."
Shoeless Joe Jackson-"When I was up there at the plate, my purpose was to get on base anyway I could, whether by hitting or by getting hit."
Reggie Jackson-"A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument. It is repetition, and more repetition, then a little more after that."
Derek Jeter-"You gotta have fun. Regardless of how you look at it, we're playing a game. It's a business, it's our job, but I don't think you can do well unless you're having fun."
Todd Jones-“I think humans are underneath a crotchet piece of cloth. We're underneath and we see all the knots and the strings hanging loose, but God is looking from the top of it and sees the picture being knitted around you. We can't see it because we're underneath. God is making this big masterpiece in your life."
Clayton Kershaw-God was there the whole time; I just didn't bother to look. I never thought in a million years I'd get to play professional baseball, get to play in the major leagues, get to live out my dream. Since I was a kid that was all I wanted to do. Although he has been showered with honors in his short career, the most important thing to him is using his God-given influence to help others. For me it's about the legacy you leave off the field."
Bill Klem-"The best umpired game is the game in which the fans cannot recall the umpires who worked it."
Sandy Koufax-"I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it."
Tommy Lasorda-"There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens."
Greg Maddux-"I could probably throw harder if I wanted, but why? When they're in a jam, a lot of pitchers...try to throw harder. Me, I try to locate better."
Mickey Mantle-"A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide."
Mickey Mantle-"After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases."
Mike Matheny-"I don't want to cower at somebody's interpretation of what I'm about. I'm supposed to be doing it and I'm going to throw this word out there-with excellence. There's no reason for me to give anything less that all I've got in everything I do. That's scriptural. For me, that's the foundation of who I am."
Mike Matheny-"It is an honor and a privilege to be able to walk through life with the guys that I am able to coach. Life is not always fair, and troubles are unavoidable. If I am doing my job the way that I believe I should do it, then conversations should come up that are deeper than batting slumps and sore shoulders. When those conversations start, I then have the opportunity to share my experiences, and my experiences almost always have a God component to them. So, should I be a coward and not tell the truth from fear of political incorrectness...? I think not."
Gene Mauch-"I want everybody to feel he has a chance to get into a game when he comes to the ballpark. I play guys when I want to so they'll be ready when I have to. I don't consider myself a motivator of players. I think it's an insult to a ballplayer to have to be motivated."
Willie Mays-"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 destructive criticism. Without 100 percent dedication, you won't be able to do this."
Tim McCarver-"I remember one time going out to the mound to talk with Bob Gibson. He told me to get back behind the batter, that the only thing I knew about pitching was that it was hard to hit."
Kevin Millwood-"In 1988 I recognized that I could never be good enough to earn my way into heaven and that Jesus paid the price for my sins when He died on the cross. The Bible says, "it is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man" (Psalm 188:8). Jesus came to make a way for us to be right with God because our sin separates us from Him. The decision I made to place my trust in Jesus Christ for the payment of my sins was greater than anything I could ever experience in baseball because with Christ I have the promise of eternal life."
Joe Morgan-"A good base stealer should make the whole infield jumpy. Whether you steal or not, you're changing the rhythm of the game. If the pitcher is concerned about you, he isn't concentrating enough on the batter."
David Murphy-“Why not use every opportunity to spread the Word? I pray during the national anthem at each game. I prayed that I would be playing for His glory and not mine. It would be great if everyone knew me as David Murphy, the All-Star, or David Murphy, the World Series Champion, but I've set my priorities straight. I'd love to be looked at as David Murphy, Man of God."
Satchel Paige-"Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don't move."
Satchel Paige-"Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines."
Jake Peavy-"As a Christian, I'm certainly not perfect. I still make mistakes but I know that God's love for me will not change depending on how "good" I am. My motivation now is not based on what other people think, but on what God wants. My greatest desire is to honor God in everything I do… as a father and husband and as a baseball player."
Mike Pelfrey-"Being able to play baseball has been great! It was what I had dedicated my entire life to; now, however, living for and serving Christ is the most important thing to me, and this has given real purpose to my baseball career and everything else I do. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17). Yes, I still love playing baseball, but now I seek to play - and live - so that I honor the LORD Jesus in all I do."
Juan Pierre-“As I was playing in the 2009 season, I injured my knee. It was my first injury ever, and I went on the disabled list. The way I see it, God was getting my attention and dealing with me,” Juan says. “I surrendered it all to Him: my life and my career. I said, ‘Here is my life; I cannot figure it all out on my own.’ There was a peace that came about me.”
Landon Powell-"God should be my treasure and my heart should be there. Everything I am doing should be for Him, not for self-righteousness."
Albert Pujols-"It doesn’t matter if I hit a home run. It doesn’t matter if we win a game. It doesn’t matter if I go four for four. Whatever happens at the end of the day, as long as I glorify His name, that’s what it’s all about."
Wilson Ramos-"I was always praying to God, and thanks to God, He gave me the miracle of sending me these wonderful people."
PeeWee Reese-"If I had my career to play over, one thing I'd do differently is swing more. Those 1,200 walks I got, nobody remembers them."
J.R. Richard-"I’m not gonna say that I just woke up one morning, and I’m all ‘holier than thou,’ no, God does things in time. I’m not perfect, but I’m working on perfection. The Devil is not going to come to you in your strength. He’s going to come to you in your weakness. You may give Him a week, and when things don’t work out, you say, ‘Ah, forget about this God stuff.’ But you’ve got to give Him your life."
Mariano Rivera-"Faith isn't something that you decide to have. You don't wake up and say, 'Today, I'm going to have faith.' It's a process. I would never, ever be here in the big leagues without my faith. Ability, you have to have ability and you have to have talent, but I'm telling you, my talent wasn't enough. God brought me here. One year in the minor leagues I was throwing 88-89, and then I was 95. Who can explain that? What happened? I don't know. No one knows"
Phil Rizzuto-"I'm glad I don't play anymore. I could never learn all those handshakes."
Jackie Robinson-"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
Jimmy Rollins-"There are times I get frustrated and angry like everyone else and sometimes feel like cursing or arguing about a call that I don't like. When that happens, though, I remember that there are a lot of kids watching me and because I want to be a good example, I control myself and don’t say anything. Jesus commanded us to "let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)."
Babe Ruth-"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way."
Nolan Ryan-"One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something."
Nolan Ryan-"If you’re blessed with the ability to throw hard, you have to consider all the factors. It’s a gift that you did nothing to earn. I mean that. It was given to you and what you do with it is up to you. Once I realized that I said to myself, ‘Hey, this is a gift and I’m going to take advantage of it and be the best I can be for as long as I can.’ A lot of times professional athletes, even people in general, don’t realize what a blessing they have and they don’t utilize it to the fullest."
Tim Salmon-"I have always been determined to never compromise my faith or my principles. I always relied on my God-given talent when I took the field. So the idea of using PED's to enhance my performance was a line I chose not to cross."
Curt Schilling-"The God-given ability that you're given to use, it speaks as much about who and what I was and was around, and the crowd of people that I chose to live my life with, as it does about me."
Mike Schmidt-"Any time you think you have the game conquered the game will turn around and punch you right in the nose."
Mike Schmidt-"Thank you all. I have a short message for you tonight. It concerns those areas of my life that were most important to my success. I'd like to talk about my faith, my family, my friendships and about you, my fans. Each of us has our own definition of faith. I define my faith three ways. First, my faith in God. God is the source for all my strength - physical and mental. In 1977, God entered my life. My faith in Him provided a foundation for my life and my career. Second, my faith in myself, my confidence, my belief that I would always reach my goals if I worked hard enough, especially during the tough times. My third faith involves those around me, my family, my teammates, and yes, YOU, my fans."
Tom Seaver-"A good professional athlete must have the love of a little boy. And the good players feel the kind of love for the game that they did when they were Little Leaguers."
Tom Seaver-"In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end."
Chris Singleton-"On April 3, 1999 I made my major league debut with the Chicago White Sox. It was an incredible feeling as I walked to home plate for my first at bat. That was a very special day in my life but really doesn’t compare with what happened to me on January 16, 1991. That was the day I came to understand that God loved me and had a plan for my life. He wanted to forgive me and cleanse me from a life of sin and make me into the man He created me to be. Since that day, I have been enjoying an intimate relationship with the One who hung the moon and the stars. With Christ my life is complete ."
John Smoltz-"I would love to leave a legacy with my children to know that God had a hand in my life, to know that He changed me from a decent person to a God-fearing, loving person, and that servant mind-set, humility, thinks of others before himself… I mean I can go on and on. That’s become the forefront of my thinking. It’s no longer John Smoltz and whatever else comes next."
John Smoltz-"Honestly, I thought I was going to lose it when I started talking about playing for the jersey, That's something I hope more people can take pride in, wearing a jersey. For some people it's just a jersey. For me it was my life."
Warren Spahn-"Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing."
Warren Spahn-"A pitcher needs two pitches, one they're looking for and one to cross them up."
Casey Stengel-"Most ball games are lost, not won."
Mike Sweeney-"I feel God has blessed us ballplayers with the ability to throw a ball, hit a ball, catch a ball and to play the game of baseball at a level that only a few can play in the world, He`s given us a wonderful platform so, with that, I want to use that to bring glory to God. My goal is that my legacy will be stronger off the field than on the field when I leave Kansas City, and leave this Earth."
Eddie Taubensee-"I don't live life for myself anymore. Everything I hopefully try to do has an eternal value to it. I am not thinking about myself anymore but thinking about others and how to impact the Kingdom ."
Mark Teixeira-"You can never completely get it — being a Christian — but I think I really got it when my first son was born in 2006. I just realized the love that God has for all of us. It was seeing my son born and knowing the unconditional love that I have for him."
Luis Tiant-"The fastball is the best pitch in baseball. It's like having five pitches, if you move it around."
Bill Veeck-"There are only two seasons—Winter and Baseball."
Earl Weaver-"The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers."
Walt Weiss-"No two ground balls are alike, so I take as many as possible. I'm a big believer in repetition. Familiarity breeds comfortability."
Jake Westbrook-"I came to find out that the less time I spend with God, the more struggles I have. When I’m playing baseball, away from my comfort zone, I find it easier to spend time with Him. As a player, I kind of let people see who I am, what I believe in, by the way I live and my actions. I live and play for Jesus Christ. Hopefully that will show."
Ted Williams-"Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game."
Ted Williams-"Think. Don't just swing. Think about the pitcher, what he threw you last time up, his best pitch, who's up next. Think."
Brian Wilson-"Well, my father passed away when I was 17 and you know, I was praying he wouldn’t die. And he was taken away from me. I didn’t understand. It had nothing to do with your prayers not being answered. It was just his time to go. But me being 17 years old, not a very mature kid, I just took that as Him turning his back on me, so I turned my back on Him. When I put my cards down and went in the dugout to speak to the team chaplain, I soon learned that wasn’t the way it worked. No matter how many times I turn my back on God, He’ll always be in front of me. I could stray away from Him for 90 years but as long as I know Him for one day, He’ll honor me in heaven. So I thought that would be one heck of a life-altering change that I should make.
Jack Wilson-"When I met my wife Julie and married her, I renewed my commitment to Christ. I got baptized during spring training in 2004. That was a big moment for me. I attend Baseball Chapel every Sunday. That was even before I got baptized. I made a lot of strides to better myself. The tough part in baseball is the cussing and watching your language. That was always a problem with me. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t get baptized for a while because I felt that was a contradiction with being a Christian."
Carl Yastrzemski-"I was lucky enough to have the talent to play baseball. That's how I treated my career. I didn't think I was anybody special, anybody different."
Barry Zito-"I'm not trying to be cocky, but I set such a high standard for myself. I'm not happy when I pitch seven innings and give up two runs and get a win."
Ben Zobrist-"God brought me to Himself at about the age of 4. My parents were devout believers and my Dad was in Bible College at the time. I remember hearing the gospel in Sunday School and I talked to my Mom about it one night before bed. It was clear to me that I was a sinner and I was not going to heaven if I died without accepting Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross for me. I was brought to Christ out of fear of going to hell. I didn't want to go there if I died and there was only one other choice in my mind as a 4 year old. I wanted to go to heaven. It was and is that simple."