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1. "B.C. sat back in his chair. "Whatever America needs, the world will supply. Cocaine? Colombia steps to the plate. Shortage of farmworkers, corn detasselers? Thank God for Mexico. Baseball players? Viva Dominicana. Need more interns? India, Philippines zindabad"
Author: Abraham Verghese
2. "I'll never forget that first night with the team. Going to the ballpark on the bus was the hardest 30 minutes of my life. I had to walk down that aisle between all the players. I really didn't know too much about the Detroit Tigers at that time."
Author: Al Kaline
3. "I am basically turning football players into sprinters for a while. When we first talked about it, I didn't know how my expertise could be used."
Author: Ato Boldon
4. "All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill."
Author: Babe Ruth
5. "First impressions matter more in basketball than in any other sport, and they can be savored only in person. Players can't hide behind pads or helmets, so we can stare at them, evaluate every move they make: running, jumping, walking, even ogling the cheerleaders. We can see every ripple and tattoo. If they're lazy, we can tell."
Author: Bill Simmons
6. "I think I understand why baseball players today are a little standoffish, because the world has changed. You don't know who's trying to take advantage of you, what people really want."
Author: Billy Williams
7. "Baseball is a team game but, at the same time, it's a very lonely game: unlike in soccer or basketball, where players roam around, in baseball everyone has their little plot of the field to tend. When the action comes to you, the spotlight is on you but no one can help you."
Author: Chad Harbach
8. "Opentoe College had some sort of evangelical mission that involved perpetual kindness and hopelessly outdated uniforms. The Harpooners hated them for it. It was unspeakably infuriating that the one school in the UMSCAC that spent less money on its baseball program than Westish always managed to kick their ass. The Opentoe players never talked even the mildest forms of smack. If you worked a walk, the first baseman would say, "Good eye." If you ripped a three-run triple, the third baseman would say, "Nice rip." They smiled when they were behind, and when they were ahead they looked pensive and slightly sad. Their team name was the Holy Poets."
Author: Chad Harbach
9. "I remember my dad, who coached football, would buy some of his players football shoes when they couldn't afford it."
Author: Chaske Spencer
10. "I've enjoyed my time in the game, whether it be managing Luton in the top flight, taking Spurs to Wembley or, as director of football, pinpointing players such as Jermain Defoe, Paul Robinson and Robbie Keane with real sell-on value."
Author: David Pleat
11. "Basketball is a team game. But that doesn't mean all five players should have the same amount of shots."
Author: Dean Smith
12. "It's not in baseball's interest or the players' interest to be taking this stance. It's the people's game."
Author: Fay Vincent
13. "The trouble for today's footballers is they have too many distractions. We used to get our old players coming to watch training with football magazines in their hands. Now, more often than not, they are checking the share prices."
Author: Franz Beckenbauer
14. "As a kid, you obviously dream of being a professional footballer. I would watch players like Ronaldo of Brazil and pretend to be him in the playground. But I don't think about trying to become one of the best in the world or anything like that. I just play football."
Author: Gareth Bale
15. "My saddest decision in football was leaving Paul Gascoigne out of the 1998 World Cup finals. But he wasn't fit enough and once that decision is made, as a manager and a group of players, you forget about who isn't there and focus on the job."
Author: Glenn Hoddle
16. "In club football you have your players and staff with you all the time, preparing for two games a week, you know them inside out, you have a discipline over them."
Author: Graham Taylor
17. "In international football you have 10 games a season, with players from different clubs. There's no time for proper coaching; they're just recovering from playing on the Saturday."
Author: Graham Taylor
18. "I found out early in life that I could hit a baseball farther than most players, and that's what I tried to do."
Author: Harmon Killebrew
19. "Some of football's gaudiest displays of manliness are purely aesthetic. It's not what players do, it's how they look doing it."
Author: J. R. Moehringer
20. "Basketball's eras are defined by teams - Celtics, Lakers, Bulls - and baseball's epochs are defined by players - Ruth, Robinson, Mantle - but with football, it's the sideline strategists, the nutty professors and top coated Lears."
Author: J. R. Moehringer
21. "I can't wait to knock you up and have a whole team of little baseball players around this place!"
Author: J. Sterling
22. "But you're wrong about that hating business. I mean about hating football players and all. You really are. I don't hate too many guys. What I may do, I may hate them for a little while, like this guy Stradlater I knew at Pencey or this other boy, Robert Ackley. I hated them once in a while- I admit it- but it doesn't last too long, is what I mean. After a while, if I didn't see them, if they didn't come in the room, or if I din't see them in the dining room for a couple of meals, I sort of missed them. I mean I sort of missed them."
Author: J.D. Salinger
23. "Being named as a finalist for the USA Basketball National Team is an unbelievable feeling and an opportunity that is truly humbling. It is an honor to be included with such talented players and I look forward to the chance to represent my country this summer."
Author: James Harden
24. "Baseball is just a game. But like religion, it has rituals. I need rituals. I need traditions. I need something to believe in, whether I worship in a church or a stadium. I believe in the Yankees and then divorced them and came all the way back to believing in them again, and what I have learned, if anything, is this: My belief, my faith, transcends individual players and is deeper than the outcome of any game, any season. It is unshakable."
Author: Jane Heller
25. "Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?"
Author: Jim Bouton
26. "It's no secret what's going on in baseball. At least half the players are using steroids."
Author: Ken Caminiti
27. "Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It's being able to take it as well as dish it out. That's the only way you're going to get respect from the players."
Author: Larry Bird
28. "Give me some scratching, diving, hungry ballplayers who come to kill you."
Author: Leo Durocher
29. "In Hollywood, for me, it's all about the movie stars and the singers. Baseball players don't draw too much attention; we're low key. I'm good with faces and sometimes bad with names, but I'll walk up to somebody if I know who they are... show them some love."
Author: Matt Kemp
30. "It's the same with the ballplayers. Babe Ruth spent a lot, too and the ballplayers make a lot more money now."
Author: Mickey Gilley
31. "At the high school level, the coaches get these kids in revenue-driven sports and take them away from baseball. There's so much pressure on these kids to even play spring football. We need to get the African-American players back in the game, which I think would make it not only a better game, but more exciting and entertaining for everyone."
Author: Pat Gillick
32. "I'm not a person or a selfish player, but we have to move the ball more, and we have to look further the team game, because we have enough talent to use different players."
Author: Pau Gasol
33. "There's a sense of aliveness that comes from connection, shared experience. And you see it in every place. You see it when ball players jump up and down, gather at home plate, hugging, and it's not just because they're winning, it's that shared moment, that feeling of - we enter the world alone, we leave alone."
Author: Peter Guber
34. "Baseball is a public trust. Players turn over, owners turn over and certain commissioners turn over. But baseball goes on."
Author: Peter Ueberroth
35. "Bruce looked at David and David asked, "Is that Harold?"He was wearing the same Meadow Brook Basketball jacket and had only a few gray hairs left on his round head. Harold walked up to his two favorite players and exclaimed, "Give me five!" and he extended both hands and the guys lightly slapped his palms, as the other eight ex-players chuckled in the background.The cylinders started clicking in David's mind as Harold said, "On the other side."The guys lightly slapped the knuckle side of Harold's hand as David said, "Oh, shit!"
Author: Phil Wohl
36. "It is a mass language only in the same sense that its baseball slang is born of baseball players. That is, it is a language which is being molded by writers to do delicate things and yet be within the grasp of superficially educated people. It is not a natural growth, much as its proletarian writers would like to think so. But compared with it at its best, English has reached the Alexandrian stage of formalism and decay."
Author: Raymond Chandler
37. "I play football, and most football players are camera shy. We just want to be left alone; we just want to stick to what we do."
Author: Reggie Bush
38. "As a professional writer of detective stories, I string along with the ballplayers. I love a ball game."
Author: Rex Stout
39. "Also unfortunately, Congress is far too busy asking if baseball players are really as strong as they seem and trying to choke bankers with wads of cash to grant more funds to such trifling matters as the avoidance of space bullets, so they won't give NASA the money"
Author: Robert Brockway
40. "What I say about actors is you always want to find an actor you can play ball with. You throw the ball at them and you want them to throw it back. Your ball playing is a lot better when you play with good ballplayers, like any sport. Every actor I know feels the same way."
Author: Robert Knepper
41. "Football is a great love because I was born into a family of players and therefore born into football. I'm fortunate to have a style of play that a lot of people like. It's a privilege to be able to do what I like best and in my own way, but I'm fortunate that people like it, and that motivates me even more."
Author: Ronaldinho
42. "I feel like football players are overworked and underpaid compared to any other sports."
Author: Terrell Owens
43. "Baseball and American football and hockey are all ahead because they have a history. The MLS is kind of new. So hopefully, in time, and with players coming and trying to develop the game, and the U.S. team also doing well - at the last World Cup, they finished above England and created some buzz."
Author: Thierry Henry
44. "There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happens."
Author: Tommy Lasorda
45. "Football spectators appreciate a bit of loyalty, and we're seeing that less and less. There are echelons of football, as in society, where some players are clearly mercenaries. I regret in a way that somehow the local identification, the local bonding between the community and its football team has been commercialised to such an extent."
Author: Vincent Nichols
46. "Playing the within the game to me is synonymous with playing old-school basketball. Many players today think the game back then has nothing to do with the way the game is played today."
Author: Walt Frazier
47. "Winning squads emphasize fundamentals-pick and rolls,teamwork,and defense. They play with passion and they play hard. They move the ball, and when their players don't have it, they move well without the ball. They play with sagacity by exploiting mismatches. They gauge their opponents weaknesses and then attack them relentlessly."
Author: Walt Frazier
48. "What I found fascinating was just how quickly the best of the young Negro League players were drafted into the major leagues once Branch Rickey broke the color line by hiring Jackie Robinson. It was clear that all of the major league owners already knew the talents of the black ballplayers that they had refused to let into their league."
Author: Walter Dean Myers
49. "Basketball players want contact to get a foul called. Slaps on the wrist and bumps on the shoulder are big time to them, and they don't like that. In football, you get that all the time. The whole mental makeup is different."
Author: Warren Moon
50. "We devote our entire lives to becoming good ball players. We take batting practice until our hands bleed."
Author: Willie Stargell

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