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I started in for the ball but I just couldn't get it.
by Al Kaline

I started in for the ball but I just couldn't get it.
I should have caught it because I was used to catching
everything on the sandlots.
But they hit the ball a lot harder in the major leagues
and I just couldn't reach the ball this time.
- Al Kaline

You've got to get good habits of working hard so that
when that play comes up during the regular season that
you're able to complete it and do it the right way.
- Al Kaline

I was very, very shocked about Cooperstown.
I thought my chances were fairly good,
but I tried to stay low key about it,
not too high and not too low.
That was the way I played, too.
- Al Kaline

Switching to the outfield was the best break I ever got.
- Al Kaline

 

As the days went on, I didn't mind the games.
In fact, I looked forward to them.
That was the easiest part of all.
I couldn't wait to get to the ballpark I'd be the first
one there and I was willing to do anything.
I think that's why the veterans liked me.
- Al Kaline

What gets me upset about with the newer players is their lack of intensity.
They tend to go through the motions a little bit.
They don't understand that you've got to practice the way you play.
- Al Kaline

All of a sudden I'm in the major leagues and we're
traveling from town to town.
I see the other players dressing different every day.
I've got only one suit and I keep wearing it over and over.
I'm really embarrassed.
- Al Kaline

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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.
- Al Kaline

I didn't know who was on the team, but I saw every
eye as I walked down the aisle.
It looked like a thousand eyes were staring right at me saying,
'Who is this young punk?' I just kept my eyes straight ahead.
- Al Kaline

It hurt me a great deal.
It put a lot of pressure on me because I was at a young
age and the writers around here and throughout the
league starting comparing me to Cobb.
It put a lot of pressure on me.
- Al Kaline

An individual has not started living
until he can rise above the narrow confines
of his individualistic concerns
to the broader concerns of all humanity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

If you have no confidence in self,
you are twice defeated in the race of life.
With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

What are you committed to?
Have you started, or are you still thinking about it -
and making excuses?
Do you work toward your goal each day?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

I started on an Apple II, which I had bought at the
very end of 1978 for half of my annual income.
I made $4,500 a year, and I spent half of it on the computer.
- Bill Budge

I'm not a real movie star.
I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.
- Will Rogers

I started playing ball when I was a kid.
My dad was a pro ball player and he passed on his knowledge to me.
- Kurt Russell

As I have discovered by examining my past,
I started out as a child.
Coincidentally, so did my brother.
My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket,
so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell,
who taught me what was meant by "survival of the fittest."
- Bill Cosby

I have been dairy free for several years,
and I started because I felt it was going to reduce my allergies,
which it did, and help me lose weight,
which it did.
- Fran Drescher

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty.
She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is.
- Ellen DeGeneres

The greatest pleasure when I started making money was
not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to
have as many freshly typed drafts as possible.
- Gore Vidal

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

It all started when my dog began getting free roll over minutes.
- Jay London

The Bible looks like it started out as a game of Mad Libs.
- Bill Maher

I started dieting.
I dieted, dieted, dieted and tried all the diets and
I would lose and then I would go back to normal eating
and would put it on and then some.
- Suzanne Somers

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence;
but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
- Henry Ward Beecher

It started 25 years ago, when I was teaching elementary
school in a small town in Missouri.
- Dan Simmons

I suppose when I started out I would have liked to
have been the darling of critics or something,
but everybody wants to be loved and admired.
- John Milius

I started playing the trumpet when I was about eight.
- Jackson Browne

My mother kept asking me, 'When are you going to do
a gospel album?' And I've always wanted to do a gospel album.
Everybody was going on about it, so mom started hounding me more.
- Alan Jackson

When I first started to get into writing,
it was via music.
I'd generate ideas for songs that would turn into stories,
then they'd turn into novels.
I was biased toward music.
- Irvine Welsh

When we started the band, it was because we were waiting
for a sound that never happened.
We got tired of waiting, and we decided to just do it ourselves.
- Mike Shinoda

When my grandfather died, I started adopting some of his accents,
to sort of remind myself of him.
A homage.
He was a war hero, and he was really great with his hands.
- Gavin DeGraw

Turning 30 was when my parents both got cancer and
were fighting it and beat it,
but their mortality started to get to me.
Everything wasn't as hunky-dory like it was.
- Darren Aronofsky

I started beach football in Monte Carlo when I retired from football in 1997.
I liked the game very much.
- Eric Cantona

Wherever I went, crowds appeared again,
and I started making solo albums for the first time in my career.
- Howard Keel

It started with the Godfather, this operatic violence.
I don't know.
- William H. Macy

One thing is obvious: Our policy, which is directed
at making the country ungovernable,
has started to bear fruit.
The process that has been initiated is irreversible.
- Joe Slovo

I feel like I've started a new chapter in my life,
and I need to leave the past behind.
- Jennifer Capriati

Even if the hopes you started out with are dashed,
hope has to be maintained.
- Seamus Heaney

As a teenager I started painting and playing guitar.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

When I first started acting, and we would all sit down
and talk about Shakespeare and how great it was.
I thought well, I suppose it is.
- Judy Davis

It seems like when I first started, people got into
comedy because they wanted to be good comedians.
- Wanda Sykes

Any one who believes that any great enterprise of an
industrial character can be started without labor must
have little experience of life.
- William Graham Sumner

When ignorance gets started it knows no bounds.
- Will Rogers

Speculation is perfectly all right, but if you stay
there you've only founded a superstition.
If you test it, you've started a science.
- Hal Clement

Basically, I started singing when I started talking.
Music has just been my saving grace my whole life.
- Mariah Carey

We went on stage with the Jefferson Airplane,
Jim started singing with Grace Slick and hugging her.
Then he danced off the stage, went back into the dressing
room and passed out cold.
- Ray Manzarek

We started training a month before the movie started
and then by five months in,
we were at our peak shape.
- Ryan Reynolds

I hated golf when we first started, but a big part
of the training process was falling in love with this sport,
so I went on tour with the UCLA Team.
- Shia LaBeouf

I started off as a studio pianist in Hollywood.
- Skitch Henderson

I did seven indies because the independent market used
to be a lot better before all the stars were doing independents.
As a beginning actor, that's where you started.
- Josh Holloway

I started playing Madden back in 1993 because that
was the first year I actually made it into the game
and that was a big thrill.
When you're in Madden, you've made it,
baby.
- Michael Strahan

I started working with friends of mine and that,
to some degree, continues.
- Jim Jarmusch

And I used to write novels and little stories and compositions and I -
but I put them away because I started acting when I was 17.
So there wasn't much time.
- Joan Collins

When I started writing fiction, I knew how good it was immediately.
- John Hawkes

I think up until the point when we started in the business,
which was in the early '70s, most of the humor was political.
The smart humor was political satire.
- David Zucker

Like so many writers I started writing stories because
I didn't have much time for anything else.
- Tobias Wolff

I started out with comedy in college,
but had my major in Recreation Administration -
which meant I wasn't going to get a real job -
so I started doing a little standup.
- Carlos Alazraqui

I got started in 1995, working in a group called The Cash Money Click.
- Ja Rule

I started at 5 years old in the kitchen table with my family supporting me.
I know where I'm from and I know exactly where I'm going.
- Celine Dion

The agency was desperate to get started with the commercials in 1976,
but I was working on Star Wars.
- David Prowse

I started recording because I was always complaining
about the records that I was getting of my songs.
At least if I did them and messed them up,
I wouldn't have anyone else to blame.
- Randy Newman

When David Arquette and I got engaged we started therapy together.
I'd heard that the first year of marriage is the hardest,
so we decided to work through all that stuff early.
- Courteney Cox

I didn't really know what I was doing when I started.
I just started writing songs.
After two songs I just continued to explore it.
- Neil Young

I was maybe only 13 or 14 when I started to play junior tournaments.
- Jana Novotna

I didn't feel that running away would change anything
but when the roof of the garage started coming off
I thought it was time to go.
- John Harrison

I'm very surprised at that, yes, because there were
many chances for it to be in Germany once the syndication
market started and it continually just did not happen.
- Werner Klemperer


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