When I was a kid, many of my Summer days were spent at makeshift ball diamonds at Graham Park, Skelly School or the water tower by Tom’s house. The evening hours would find most of us at the ball diamonds by McDonald’s Stadium—as in Jim McDonald, not the golden arches.
I have a pretty good understanding about the ins and outs of baseball, but one thing has troubled me for many years: Why does everybody stand up and sing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” when we’re already there?
This is what I do at 4 AM of a morning: I give a lot of profound thought to the perplexing mysteries of the universe. I also try to search and discover the true meaning and purpose of life.
I may have found some answers to secrets of life in the quotes below. Read these and study the stats on today’s sports page, and you might stay busy until game time:
- There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens. ~Tommy Lasorda
- Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I ever saw. He always pitches when the other team doesn’t score any runs. ~ Tim McCarver
- Ninety percent of this game is half mental. ~ Yogi Berra
- There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither one of them works. ~Charlie Lau
- The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until the ball stops rolling and then to pick it up. ~ Bob Uecker
- I watch a lot of baseball on radio. ~ President Gerald Ford
- I can remember a sports writer asking me for a quote and I didn’t know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of soft drink. ~Joe DiMaggio
Here’s one final quote to illustrate the lack of sophistication in those who don’t love the game: “The baseball mania has run its course. It has no future as a professional endeavor (Cincinnati Gazette editorial, 1879).”