162 quotes found searching on Position: OF
God knows I gave my best in baseball at all times and no man on earth can truthfully judge me otherwise.
Bats don't like to freeze no more than me.
I want to thank the good lord for making me a Yankee.
Being a line drive hitter sucks.
It's a situation where you've got to get at-bats and go out and score runs as a team, and it's a situation where I'm just kind of in a situation.
The batter has three strike zones: his own, the opposing pitcher's, and the umpire's. The umpire's zone is defined by the rule book, but it's also more importantly defined by the way the umpire works. A good umpire is consistent so you can learn his strike zone. The batter has a strike zone in which he considers the pitch the right one to hit. The pitchers have zones where they are most effective. Once you know the pitcher and his zone you can get set for a particular pitch.
Boston Red Sox
I had to figure Johnson out. I realized quickly that he wasn't a vicious pitcher, despite all that speed. I saw him wince when he fired one close to somebody's head, and he used to tell me that he was afraid someday that he would kill a man with that fireball. So I used to cheat. I'd crowd that plate so far that I was actually sticking my toes on it when I was facing Johnson. I knew he was timid about hitting a batter, and when he saw me crowding the plate he'd steer his pitches a little bit wide. Then with two balls and no strikes, he'd ease up a bit to get it over. That's the Johnson pitch I hit. I was depending on him to be scared of hitting me.
There's no reason for what goes on around here. But there isn't anything I can do about it. I just work here.
I tried not to let my team down because I had a lot of people depending on me, and it was great to come through many times. I never thought about breaking records or anything like that. The main thing for me was trying to help my team win the game. That was more important than any record.
I was missing by about 10 mph.
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