Sometimes in baseball sportsmanship goes out the window.
Players about Players
The Mets have shown me ways to lose I never even knew existed." --Casey Stengel, 1962.
"If we're going to win the pennant, we've got to start thinking we're not as good as we think we are." --Casey Stengel, referring to his own 1953 New York Yankees team.
"When Charlie Finley had his heart operation it took eight hours.
Seven just to find his heart." --Oakland A's pitcher Steve McCatty, 1981.
"He'd give you the shirt off his back. Of course, he'd call a press conference to announce it." --Catfish Hunter on Reggie Jackson.
"He's really turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable. Now he's miserable and depressed." --Harry Kalas on Gary Maddox.
"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." --Mickey Mantle
From Managers and Owners
"I knew I was in for a long year when we lined up for the national
anthem on opening day and one of my players said, 'Every time I hear
that song I have a bad game.'" -- Pittsburgh Pirates manager Jim Leyland, 1986.
"He makes too many senseless errors. He has this little gong that
goes off, saying, 'Hey, this time I'll do something different.'
That's when I swallow my tobacco." -- San Francisco Giants manager Charlie Fox, on his own second baseman, Tito Fuentes, 1973.
"I get tired of hearing my ballplayers bellyache all the time. They should sit in the press box sometime and watch themselves play." -- San Diego Padres president Buzzie Bavasi, 1973.
"If he raced his pregnant wife he'd finish third." --Tommy Lasorda on catcher Mike Scioscia.
"Look at him. He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, he doesn't chew
and he doesn't stay out late -- and he still can't hit." --Casey Stengel as Yankees manager in 1956, on second baseman Bobby Richardson.
From Players to Managers
"I told him I wasn't tired. He told me, 'No, but the outfielders
sure are.'" --Texas Rangers pitcher Jim Kern on the manager who removed him from a game, 1979.
"He'd go into the vault to get a nickel change." -- St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Enos Slaughter, on general manager Branch Rickey, 1934.
"It's a good thing Babe Ruth isn't still here -- George would have
him bat seventh and say he's overweight." -- New York Yankees third baseman Graig Nettles on owner George Steinbrenner.
From Sports Announcers
"They (Expos fans) discovered ‘boo’ is pronounced the same in French as it is in English." --Harry Caray
"Rex Barney would be the the league's best pitcher if the plate were high and outside." --Bob Cooke
"He should have been better, pitching on 3,195 days rest." --Steve Blass on Jimmy Boudreau, who had been out of pro baseball for almost nine years.
"Candlestick was built on the water. It should have been built under it.” --Roger Maris
"I never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes." --Leo Durocher
Sometimes, they even insult themselves...
"Our pain isn't as bad as you might think. Dead people don't
suffer." -- Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee, whose team had blown six games against the Yankees late in the 1978 season.
"A shave, please, but don't cut my throat. I may want to do it later
myself." -- Casey Stengel to his barber, when Stengel managed the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1935.
"When we win, I'm so happy I eat a lot. When we lose, I'm so depressed, I eat a lot. When we're rained out, I'm so disappointed I eat a lot.' --Tommy Lasorda
"It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course." --Hank Aaron
"I asked the doctor before he closed the wound if he could put some brains in there." --Rex Hudler, after smacking into a wall going after a foul ball.
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