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All Quotes by author - Ryne Sandberg
" All it takes to play baseball is a strong arm, good speed, and the coordination to hit the ball. That's it. "
" A lot of people say this honor validates my career, but I didn't work hard for validation. "
" Am I impressed by myself? Nah, not really. "
" Any time you're in the coaching business or managing in the minor leagues, when you see a player who has made it to the major leagues, you get a thrill out of that. "
" As great a public speaker as I am, I don't know have - I don't - I don't have the words to describe Cub fans who welcomed me as a rookie, were patient through my 1-for-32 start, and took me into their homes and into their hearts and treated me like a member of their family. You picked me up when I was down. "
" At my growing years of 18 to 21 years old in the Minor Leagues, I dreamed of being a Philadelphia Phillie. "
" Baseball is all about relationships, and in some ways, what know you and who knows you. "
" Baseball wasn't easy for me. "
" Even if we're in fifth place in September, I get butterflies before a game. I'm nervous. "
" Football, I thought, would be a tough sport to make a living in. There is no minor league. You either make it to the NFL or you don't. "
" For me, the game starts with starting pitching. "
" Get your work in. Work hard at it. Give it your best effort. And if you get an opportunity, be ready for it. That's respect for the game. "
" Hit a home run - put your head down, drop the bat, run around the bases, because the name on the front is more - a lot more important than the name on the back. "
" I am not the type of person who can leave my game at the ballpark and feel comfortable that my future is set regardless of my performance. "
" I came up under the wing of Larry Bowa, and one thing I did not do was ever take a day off from taking pregame groundballs or batting practice. Then the games were just having fun. "
" I defend my players and coaches. "
" I didn't play the game right because I saw a reward at the end of the tunnel. "
" I do my homework. I come to the ballpark, and I relay any message that I need to relay to the players. I get that off my chest. "
" I don't expect any red carpet to the big leagues. If the opportunity comes, then it comes. But I don't think I'm owed anything. "
" I'd rather play a double-header than speak at a banquet, and if I went to Wrigley Field knowing I had to be somewhere two hours after the game, it would bother me all day. "
" If a hitter gets hot, I wouldn't take a hot hitter out of the lineup. "
" If this validates anything, it's that learning how to bunt and hit and run and turning two is more important than knowing where to find the little red light at the dug out camera. "
" If you played the game the right way, played the game for the team, good things would happen. "
" If you're in the minor leagues, you want to get to the majors. "
" I got into pro ball at 18 and played until I was almost 39, non-stop. "
" I had too much respect for the game to leave it behind or to make it my second or third sport in college. "
" I had to prepare physically every day, and I didn't leave many scraps for the writers. "
" I have great memories of being a Cub, and I'm happy building new ones with the Phillies. "
" I have to do what I have to do, and you have to go where the opportunities are. "
" I just appreciated so much the contract they gave me, and I wanted to give something back to the Cubs' organization. "
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