Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what is most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.
Hopefully, they can say, There goes the best baseball player in the world. I honestly believe I did everything in baseball that a baseball player can do, and I did it with love.
Maybe I was born to play ball. Maybe I truly was.
The home-field advantage in baseball, to me, I don't understand. I had to play as well on the road as I did at home.
I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw.
If people want to say Barry is No. 1, they won't get an argument from me. As long as I get to be No. 2.
We knew we had to keep playing until the game was decided one way or the other. We played 10, 15 innings sometimes. The All-Star Game was important to us. We weren't worried about setting records. We were worried about winning.
Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.
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.
I don't compare 'em, I just catch 'em.
I don't rate them, I just hit them.
I always enjoyed playing ball, and it didn't matter to me whether I played with white kids or black. I never understood why an issue was made of who I played with, and I never felt comfortable, when I grew up, telling other people how to act.
I'm a very lucky guy. I had so many people help me over the years that I never had many problems. If I had a problem, I could sit down with someone and they would explain the problem to me, and the problem become like a baseball game.
People talk about that catch and, I've said this many times, that I've made better catches than that many times in regular season. But of course in my time, you didn't have a lot of television during the regular season. A lot of people didn't see me do a lot of things.
Yes, I had to learn how to live life outside, but I had so many people help me.