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" Almost all of us growing up have played baseball on some level. It has an inside track with people. It has a unifying effect. "
" Be a bobbed cork: When you are pushed down, bob up. "
" Good is not good when better is expected. "
" On radio, you're in your own little world. Every time I'd be doing a possible no-hitter - I think I've done something like 25 no-hitters and a couple of perfect games - I would always put the date on the tape. Not for me, but for the player, so that 25 or 30 years later when he's playing it for his kids or grandkids, you have that date. "
" If I can get a story about a player, I would give you a ship load of numbers, batting averages and all just for that one precious story. That's the kind of thing that I love to do. "
" In all honesty, once you become a professional, number one, you're no longer a fan. I don't root for the Dodgers, really. I just try to do the game as best I can. And the winning and the losing will take care of itself. "
" I think when I first started, I tried to make believe I was in the ballpark, sitting next to somebody and just talking. And if you go to a ballgame, and you sit there, you're not going to talk pitches for three hours. "
" I'm not a military general, a business guru, not a philosopher or author. It's only me. "
" One of my favorite expressions ever uttered by a player is Roy Campanella's line about how, in order to be a major-league player, you have to have a lot of little boy in you. "
" That really is my trademark. Day to day, week in, week out. If something happens and the crowd roars, I shut up. "
" I really love baseball. The guys and the game, and I love the challenge of describing things. The only thing I hate - and I know you have to be realistic and pay the bills in this life - is the loneliness on the road. "
" Don't let the winds blow your dreams away... or steal your faith in God. "
" As long as you live keep smiling because it brightens everybody's day. "
" I try to call the play as quickly as I possibly can and then shut up and let the crowd roar because, to me, the crowd is the most wonderful thing in the whole world when it's making noise. "
" Losing feels worse than winning feels good. "
" It's a wonderful feeling being a bridge to the past and unite generations. "
" It's a great time of the year... if you can stand it. "
" If I categorized home runs that I've seen, without a doubt the monumental one is Henry's... but I've seen a lot of classic, great home runs. Gibson's was probably the most theatrical home run I've ever seen. "
" I'm going to sit back, light up, and hope I don't chew the cigarette to pieces. "
" The roar of the crowd has always been the sweetest music. It's intoxicating. "
" Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination. "
" I guess my thermometer for my baseball fever is still a goose bump. "
" Andre Dawson has a bruised knee and is listed as day-to-day. Aren't we all? "
" The game is just one long conversation, and I'm anticipating that, and I will say things like 'Did you know that?' or 'You're probably wondering why.' I'm really just conversing rather than just doing play-by-play. I never thought of myself as having a style. I don't use key words. And the best thing I do? I shut up. "
" I've told several writers this, and, again, I get back to it, but if you want to make God smile, tell him your plans. "