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Nolan Ryan Quotes and Sayings

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Baseball life is a tough life on the family.
- Nolan Ryan

Related topics: Sports

One of the beautiful things about baseball is that
every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to,
and where you have to, reach down and prove something.
- Nolan Ryan

And when I retired, trust me, not only did Nolan Ryan,
but the entire Ryan family had withdrawals from baseball.
And it was tough.
- Nolan Ryan

Dick Moss, my agent.
Dick became my agent in 1979 when I signed my contract with the Houston Astros.
- Nolan Ryan

 

I like to refer to my years with the Angels as the foundation of my career.
- Nolan Ryan

Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt.
Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity
to get the most from your talent.
- Nolan Ryan

And that's what makes this a great game,
is the support and the commitment that the fans give the game.
- Nolan Ryan

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What man in his 40s would not like to look in the mirror and find Nolan Ryan?
- Nolan Ryan

For my children, they spent 15 to 20 years of their life in baseball.
And Ruth and I spent so many years of our married life that that was our life.
We knew nothing else.
- Nolan Ryan

I came into the game when I broke into the major leagues,
the minimum salary was seven thousand dollars,
and I'd have to go home in the wintertime and get a job.
- Nolan Ryan

And then when I went to stay in '68,
I can honestly say that I was not focused on my career
and on what it took to be a major league pitcher and
to be a starting pitcher.
- Nolan Ryan

Everyone has limits.
You just have to learn what your own limits are and
deal with them accordingly.
- Nolan Ryan

I feel very fortunate that I played for the four organizations I did.
- Nolan Ryan

My job is to give my team a chance to win.
- Nolan Ryan

It helps if the hitter thinks you're a little crazy.
- Nolan Ryan

I can honestly say it took two full years for me to
get over the fact that I was no longer a baseball player.
- Nolan Ryan

And when I went to Houston, they had a conditioning
coach by the name of Gene Coleman.
And that was the first time I had gone to an organization
that had a program with a weight room and designed
specifically for pitchers.
- Nolan Ryan

And to play as long as I did and to have a family you
have to be very blessed and I was with my wife Ruth.
Ruth, I appreciate the job you did, and my three fine children,
Reid, Reese, and Wendy.
- Nolan Ryan

It took me a while to figure that out and to realize
what a gift that I had been given.
And when I finally did, I dedicated myself to be the
best pitcher I possibly could be,
for as long as I possibly could be.
- Nolan Ryan

I had the pleasure, as Robin said, to live a childhood
dream as many young Americans and Puerto Rican children
live that play youth baseball.
And I feel honored and very thankful for that opportunity.
- Nolan Ryan

I am going to spend my time today just thanking the
people that played a role in my career,
because I truly do believe that I was blessed by a
lot of people that paths crossed mine as I went down the road in my career.
- Nolan Ryan

And I'm a believer that you take a negative and turn it into a positive,
and as it turned out, it was one of the best things
that ever happened to me.
And so I do appreciate the Ranger staff and the Ranger
organization for giving me that opportunity.
- Nolan Ryan

When I got traded to the California Angels,
I really wasn't that excited about going to the Angels
because it meant changing leagues and also a whole new set of teammates.
But shortly after I got there I realized that it was
one of the best things that ever happened to me.
- Nolan Ryan

I always thought that there was going to be life after baseball,
and so I designed that in my life I would have other
interests after baseball that I would be able to step into.
And I didn't realize the grip that baseball had on me and on my family.
- Nolan Ryan

A life is not important except in
the impact it has on other lives.
- Jackie Robinson (baseball player)

Baseball is a public trust.
Players turn over, owners turn over and certain commissioners turn over.
But baseball goes on.
- Peter Ueberroth

Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world.
If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off.
- Bill Veeck

I was showing early symptoms of becoming a professional baseball man.
I was lying to the press.
- Roger Kahn

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball.
I'll tell you what I do.
I stare out the window and wait for spring.
- Rogers Hornsby

Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man
can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
- Ted Williams

I went through baseball as "a player to be named later."
- Joe Garagiola

The triple is the most exciting play in baseball.
Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood
why fans are so obsessed with them.
- Hank Aaron

Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of
necessary evil to the luxury of baseball,
like the odor that follows an automobile.
- Christy Mathewson

The hardest thing to believe about The Fan is not that
Robert De Niro is stalking somebody again but that
anyone cares that much about a baseball player.
- Bernie Lincicome

I see great things in baseball.
It's our game - the American game.
- Walt Whitman

You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball
and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.
- Jim Bouton

Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.
- Joe Garagiola

Baseball players are smarter than football players.
How often do you see a baseball team penalized for
too many men on the field?
- Jim Bouton

During his training, a baseball player strives
to make each swing better than the last.
The repetition of a faulty swing would be worse than useless.
It would ingrain bad habits.
The same is true of emotional responses.
If we allow ourselves to continue to have the same angry responses,
we just entrench our anger habit.
But if we strive - through consciousness, visualization, and coaching -
to moderate our anger response,
over time, we can train ourselves to respond
to events as we choose - without anger.
You can't magically be free from anger tomorrow,
but you can put yourself on your own training program
that will reduce the frequency and intensity
of your anger response day by day, year by year.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football,
basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.
- John Leonard

I could have played another year, but I would have
been playing for the money,
and baseball deserves better than that.
- George Brett

Baseball is a game, yes.
It is also a business.
But what is most truly is is disguised combat.
For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace,
baseball is violence under wraps.
- Willie Mays

The only thing I can do is play baseball.
I have to play ball.
It's the only thing I know.
- Mickey Mantle

Anything that harms the integrity of the game is terrible.
We always thought we were immune to drugs in baseball,
but we know that's not true anymore.
- Harmon Killebrew

Whenever I wasn't watching the planes,
I was playing community baseball, football,
or something like that.
- Bo Jackson

I don't like American football.
I think it's boring and ridiculous and predictable.
But baseball is very beautiful.
It's played on a diamond.
- Jim Jarmusch

Some say our national pastime is baseball.
Not me.
It's gossip.
- Erma Bombeck

I love baseball, and the door remains open.
- Rafael Palmeiro

It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball.
I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.
- Hank Aaron

Baseball and malaria keep coming back.
- Gene Mauch

In baseball, you don't know nothing.
- Yogi Berra

Defense to me is the key to playing baseball.
- Willie Mays

There is no room in baseball for discrimination.
It is our national pastime and a game for all.
- Lou Gehrig

That was real baseball.
We weren't playing for money.
They gave us Mickey Mouse watches that ran backwards.
- Bill Lee

Baseball is just my job.
- Barry Bonds

Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America
had better learn baseball,
the rules and realities of the game -
and do it by watching first some high school or small-town teams.
- Jacques Barzun

I am the best in baseball.
- Reggie Jackson

In over 160 years of recorded baseball history,
no team had ever won a championship this way.
- John Thorn

I knew when my career was over.
In 1965 my baseball card came out with no picture.
- Bob Uecker

I'd like to think a baseball picture is somewhere in my future.
- Garth Brooks

The great thing about baseball is there's a crisis every day.
- Gabe Paul

In baseball, I was a pitcher, which I hated because
there was no action there.
- Bo Jackson

Baseball is like a poker game.
Nobody wants to quit when he's losing;
nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead.
- Jackie Robinson

Why is it there are so many nice guys interested in baseball? Not me,
I was a real bastard when I played.
- Burleigh Grimes

The good rising fastball is the best pitch in baseball.
- Tom Seaver

Playing baseball was my dream, and no amount of money could sway my opinion.
- Willie Stargell

I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning.
I think about it all day and I dream about it at night.
The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it.
- Carl Yastrzemski

That's what Major League Baseball's steroid scandal was all about,
the hidden harm in competitive sports that sends the
wrong message to the young.
- Suzanne Fields

I'm proud to be here as a man that has played first
base more than anybody in the game of baseball.
- Eddie Murray

Right now I like baseball, hockey and tennis players.
And horseback riders.
- Martina Hingis

Baseball is a man maker.
- Al Spalding


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