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I've had pretty good success with Stan -- by throwing him my best pitch and backing up third.

Acknowledging his problems in getting Stan Musial out

Carl Daniel Erskine
Brooklyn Dodgers

Get outta here, prick.

In the locker room after a game, to TV announcer David LeVine who wanted to conduct a post-game interview on the air

In 1963
Dennis Dale "Denny" McLain
Detroit Tigers

I carry this with me always. It is a constant reminder that if I were to put just a thimbleful of liquor in it, it would ignite a chemical reaction in my system that would send me to a liquor store and I would completely fall away.

Years after beating his addiction to alcohol, triumphantly explaining the thimble that he always keeps in his pocket

In 1988
Donald "Don" Newcombe
Brooklyn Dodgers
a.k.a. "Newk"

My first Major League game I pitched in Fenway Park in Boston. Johnny Pesky was the leadoff hitter. On my first pitch he singled. Bobby Doerr, the second hitter, hit my first pitch for a double. Ted Williams, the third hitter, hit the first pitch I threw to him for a double. Steve O'Neil, the manager for us, called time, meeting me and our catcher, Bob Swift at the mound. Steve never spoke to me. He said to Bob, "Say Bob, doesn't Virgil have it today?" And Bob answered, "How the hell do I know? I haven't caught a pitch yet."

Virgil Oliver Trucks
Detroit Tigers
a.k.a. "Fire"

There sure is a lot of bullshit going on in here today. The older they get, the better they were when they were younger.

At an Old-Timers Day event

John Franklin "Johnny" Sain
Boston Braves

No, he's not down here. Maybe he's in the bullpen.

To a guy who came down from the stands to the dugout saying that he's a good friend of Mike Marshall's and asked to speak with him (the guy thanked Mike and headed off towards the bullpen)

Michael Grant "Mike" Marshall
Montreal Expos

What kept you?!?

To his manager when he was on the mound getting creamed by the opposing team and finally being pulled for a relief pitcher

Frederick Lealand "Fred" Talbot
New York Yankees

Boy, there's so many variables involved in the equation that you can't even discuss it, almost. It's not like there's nobody on base every time -- there's guys in scoring position, nobody out, crowd's going crazy. You think, "OK, I screwed up, we can't go with A. What's B, what's C, what's D?"
Who's hitting? Is he hot or cold? Where are the base runners? What's the situation? Where are we in the game? Are we on the road? Are we at home? Is it nighttime? Is it daytime? What has he done the other two at-bats? Let's say it's the seventh inning. Where he's at in the box? How'd he look taking that pitch, or how'd he look fouling that pitch off?
There's all these things going on in your head. And then you take in all this outside input and say to yourself, "Yeah -- but I don't feel good with that pitch." Because your brain tells you, "Look, you should throw this," but I haven't thrown one of those for a strike in four innings. Eventually you just have to have enough balls to say, "Screw it, I've got to do it the way I should do it, and whatever happens, happens." I can't just throw fastballs because he knows I don't have a good enough changeup today, or he knows I don't feel good with my slider today. He doesn't really know that. All he knows is that I have these five pitches I can throw. He doesn't really know that I don't feel good about this one. He may know that I don't look like I have great command because I have three walks already and I usually don't walk anybody, but he doesn't know that I don't feel good with my changeup -- so let's throw it anyway.
That's the kind of stuff you think about, and it's not planned. It's just experience. You just have to do it. But there's so many variables. We could talk for months about variables when you're trying to figure out what to throw.

Describing his thought process

Michael Cole "Mike" Mussina
Baltimore Orioles
a.k.a. "Moose"

That's too bad. They're the only team I can beat.

Upon learning that he'd been traded to the Phillies

March 19, 1955

David Bruce "Dave" Cole
Chicago Cubs

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