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" A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument. It is repetition, and more repetition, then a little more after that. "
" I probably hit 35 balls into the right-field bleachers. "
" If you can't see the rotation and tell if it's a sink - a fastball, then you have to be able to tell whether that fastball is a two-seamer or a four-seamer. You have to be able to recognize if it's a slider or a curveball. You have to be able to recognize if it's a changeup or a split-finger. "
" You don't face Nolan Ryan without your rest. He's the only guy I go against that makes me go to bed before midnight. "
" The greatest manager has a knack for making ballplayers think they are better than they think they are. "
" I didn't come to New York to be a star, I brought my star with me. "
" I'd like to be able to light the fire a little bit. "
" No. No, no, no, no, Blyleven wasn't even the dominant pitcher of his era - it was Jack Morris. "
" There's a certain time that when somebody asks you a question, you answer them. I don't think I said anything with venom. If you can express yourself without anger and make it as palatable as you can, that's what you do. "
" Fans don't boo nobodies. "
" When people push back on you and don't think you can do it, and you struggle a little bit and wonder if they're right, it drives you to be successful and to be a great player. "
You Can Do It
" When I was with the Yankees in 1978, we were playing Baltimore at Yankee Stadium, and the score was 3 - 3 going into the bottom of the ninth inning. I led off against Tippy Martinez - a little left-hander who always gave me trouble - and the count went to three-and-oh. "
" I'm a businessman. I bring my bat and glove and attache case to the office and go to work. I don't give a damn if the other workers at the office like me or not. "
" Misconception Number 1, the public always thought, 'Reggie has a massive ego; he's narcissistic, he's cocky, he needs everyone to look at him all the time,' because that's what the media told them. Wrong. I could handle the attention. I didn't let the attention affect my performance. But I never needed the attention. "
" I know how hard it is to shoot the basketball, so I've got great appreciation for it. "
" Please God, let me hit one. I'll tell everybody you did it. "
" There are at least three kinds of advantages that the pitcher and batter contest. There's the physical advantage, the strategic advantage, and also the psychological advantage. I didn't want two out of three. I wanted them all. "
" When I stepped into the box, I felt the at-bat belonged to me. Everybody else was there for my convenience. The pitcher was there to throw me a ball to hit. The catcher was there to throw it back to him if he didn't give me what I wanted the first time. And the umpire was lucky that he was close enough to watch. "
" October, that's when they pay off for playing ball. "
" Babe Ruth was great. I'm just lucky. "
" I have a hard time believing athletes are overpriced. If an owner is losing money, give it up. It's a business. I have trouble figuring out why owners would stay in if they're losing money. "
" The only way I'm going to win a Gold Glove is with a can of spray paint. "
" I don't mind getting beaten, but I hate to lose. "
" I do everything as honestly as I can. I give all I have to give. But I don't let people get in my way. "
" I am the best in baseball. "