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Old 04-02-2006, 03:26 AM
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Quote of the Day from Ball Four by Jim Bouton

Cheers, all.

With the onset of baseball season imminent and in the attempt to convert everyone in western civilization to the worship of St. Bulldog, i'm beginning this thread featuring a quote from the greatest sports book of all-time. Since Ball Four is written in diary format, the quotes will be pulled from the entry of my date of post.

For 2 April:

"...I see myself as a g**d*** hero. That's what an optimist is, isn't it? A g**d*** hero."
--Bouton
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Old 04-03-2006, 11:44 AM
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Re: Quote of the Day from Ball Four by Jim Bouton

3 April:

"Well, boys, it's a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit it square."
--Joe Schultz
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Old 04-04-2006, 05:58 AM
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Re: Quote of the Day from Ball Four by Jim Bouton

4 April:

"I can pack for a two-week trip in less than an hour and my wife has moving the whole family down to a science. I'm sure this will prove very valuable to us later in life. Especially if I become a big-game hunter. Or an astronaut."
--Jim Bouton
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Old 04-05-2006, 01:47 AM
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Re: Quote of the Day from Ball Four by Jim Bouton

5 April:

"Wayne, I think you're going to hit .290 this year -- but you're going to be doing it in Montgomery, Alabama."

--Tigers manager Mayo Smith to Wayne Comer
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Old 04-06-2006, 02:23 AM
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Re: Quote of the Day from Ball Four by Jim Bouton

6 April:

"At the precise moment I started to explain why I thought I needed more work, [manager] Joe Schultz took a huge bite out of the liverwurst sandwich he was eating, got up off his stool, went to the Coke machine and mumbled something to me through his full mouth over his shoulder. I didn't pitch. That's how I know what he said."
--Bouton
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Old 04-07-2006, 10:19 AM
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Re: Quote of the Day from Ball Four by Jim Bouton

7 April:

"Well, it's back to the old salt mine, boys."
--Joe Schultz, on the day before Opening Day
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Re: Quote of the Day from Ball Four by Jim Bouton

8 April:

"Opening day -- or Opening Day. Depending on how you feel about it."
--Bouton
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9 April:

“The team that drinks together stays together.”
--Bouton
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Re: Quote of the Day from Ball Four by Jim Bouton

For 10 April:

"Knock him down, then put the next three pitches knee-high on the outside corner, boom, boom, boom, and you've got him."

--Pitching coach Sal Maglie,
on how to handle then-.219 hitter Vic Davalillo.

11 April:

"It's just like the old winter league. You've got to follow the crowd."
--Manager Joe Schultz


12 April:

"Okay men, up and at 'em. Get that old Budweiser."
--Manager Joe Schultz


13 April:

"In baseball they say, 'He's a great guy. Never says a word.'"

--Bouton


14 April:

"I know this is crazy, but I can see the end of the season and I've just won a pennant for some tea, just won the final game, and everybody is clamoring around and I tell them, 'Everybody have a seat. It's a long story.'"
--Bouton


15 April:

(no entry)


16 April:

"The word on Tim McCarver of the Cards was that Sandy Koufax struck him out on letter-high fastballs. Which is great advice if you can throw letter-high fastballs like Koufax could."
--Bouton,
recounting a New York Yankees' scouting report


17 April:

"I remember what it was like when I was a kid and what a thrill I got just watching Willie Mays climb out of a taxicab."

--Bouton
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Re: Quote of the Day from Ball Four by Jim Bouton

18 April:

"There's nothing like walking into a minor-league clubhouse to remind you what the minors are like."
--Bouton
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Re: Quote of the Day from Ball Four by Jim Bouton

So what happened to the Great Wizard and his quote ofthe day thingy?
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Re: Quote of the Day from Ball Four by Jim Bouton

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So what happened to the Great Wizard and his quote ofthe day thingy?
Sadly, our good friend Os hasn't been around for quite some time. Not really sure what ever happened to him.
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