The season for that great American pastime, baseball, is well underway for the year. The reason I chose this day, April 9 to talk about baseball and post quotes about it, is that it is the anniversary of the Colorado Rockies first home game and first victory, 11-4 over the Montreal Expos. I have a sister who lived in Denver for a while and was a huge Rockies fan. So, Elaine, this is for you.
According to Wikipedia, the history of baseball in the United States can be traced to the 18th century, when amateurs played a baseball-like game by their own informal rules using improvised equipment. The popularity of the sport inspired the semipro national baseball clubs in the 1860s. The first team to play baseball under modern rules were the New York Knickerbockers. The first game under the new rules was played in 1846. The old story of Abner Doubleday inventing the game is, alas, likely no more than a myth.
Today baseball is a multimillion dollar sport, will millions of rabid fans. According to statistics from a year ago, the team with the lowest net worth was the Tampa Bay Rays, worth 625 million dollars. The average player’s salary was 4.25 million dollars. The average spending for a family of four at a major league game was $212. As someone not that into sports, I find these figures astounding.
I did enjoy minor league baseball in my youth, rooting for the Rochester Red Wings, my home town team. It was a way to spend quality time with my Dad, and to wheedle popcorn or peanuts or occasionally a hot dog from him. If I recall, we paid less than $3 for general seating at that time, and probably a buck extra for the hot dog. It was cheap family entertainment back then!
Anyway, here are some quotes about baseball.
Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.–George Will
Some say our national pastime is baseball. Not me. It’s gossip.–Erma Bombeck
Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.–Bob Feller
There are only two seasons – winter and Baseball.–Bill Veeck
Baseball is a game of race, creed, and color. The race is to first base. The creed is the rules of the game. The color? Well, the home team wears white uniforms, and the visiting team wears gray.–Joe Garagiola
In baseball you have individual responsibility, and if you fail it, you get an error. But at the same time, your focus is on the common goal of the team to win. This is part of what resonates with people about baseball. This is how they would like society to work.–Jed S. Rakoff
Ninety percent of this game is half mental.–Yogi Berra
A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.–Humphrey Bogart
No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you’re going to win one-third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.–Tommy Lasorda
Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem.–Saul Steinberg
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