If I were playing third base and my mother were rounding third with the run that was going to beat us, I'd trip her. Oh, I'd pick her up and brush her off and say, 'Sorry, Mom, but nobody beats me.'
You argue with the umpire because there is nothing else you can do about it.
There are only five things you can do in baseball - run, throw, catch, hit and hit with power.
As long as I've got a chance to beat you I'm going to take it.
You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.
I never did say that you can't be a nice guy and win. I said that if I was playing third base and my mother rounded third with the winning run, I'd trip her up.
How you play the game is for college ball. When you're playing for money, winning is the only thing that matters.
What are we out at the park for, except to win?
Win any way as long as you can get away with it. Nice guys finish last.
If you don't win, you're going to be fired. If you do win, you've only put off the day you're going to be fired.
I've never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes.
Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.
Today a pitcher gets fined if the umpire thinks he threw at a batter. In the olden days, the umpire didn't have to take any courses in mind reading. The pitcher told you he was going to throw at you.
Branch Rickey once said of me that I was a man with an infinite capacity for immediately making a bad thing worse.
Buy a steak for a player on another club after the game, but don't even speak to him on the field. Get out there and beat them to death.