Mike Barnicle, veteran columnist, was featured in Ken Burns' documentary "The Tenth Inning".
"Once you get past the All-Star Break, now you're staring at the dog days."
"Many sports, and baseball may be the best at it, provide great opportunities for deception and lying."
"Baseball, like America, also has its crueler side. . . ."
"We had an obligation to the team, but this obligation was best fulfilled by learning to use ourselves individually to the limit."
"His philosophy of baseball was known as shi no renshu ('training of death')."
"Particularly in a sport as demanding as baseball, a remarkable degree of mental and moral discipline is required."
"For a hitter it means wearing out an awful lot of batting gloves in batting cages or neighborhood sandlots."
"You slump, so you press. and when you press, you slump some more. The only way to get out of a slump is to relax and do things naturally."
“If you get a sinkerballer out there and you try to overswing, that’s exactly what they want you to do.”
"The first rule in the book is to get a good ball to hit."
"To invest one's youth in pursuit of a big league career that averaged four years in duration was an awesome commitment, and players were rightly paranoid about its sudden ending. Moving day, even for regulars, was never far off."
"Say young man, who ever taught you to bunt with two strikes on you?" "Nobody did," I said, "but I like to bunt and nobody was looking fora busher to do that."
"Had never pitched a game of professional ball in my life. Two years later I was a starting pitcher on Connie Mack's champion Philadelphia Athletics."
"I always wanted to say I came out of the cornfields and played in the Major Leagues."
"Everything seemed all right in the ball yard until the band played 'Let It Rain.' The elements seemed to regard this as an invitation and down came the rain in a thin drizzle about 1:30 PM."
In 1943, the United States was at war in Europe, Africa and the Pacific. The 'Home Front' included Emerson Field on the campus of the University of North Carolina, where the Chapel Hill Cloudbusters team fielded a starting nine of naval airmen and baseball legends.
Feb. 29 – As the Leap Year calendar takes us into baseball season in 2016, we mark the day by helping English readers and Spanish students parse a question that might puzzle them. ¿Cómo se dice “¡Play Ball!” en español?