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Nolan Ryan Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Nolan Ryan.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cyclists, I work with a number of cyclists.
They are great athletes; they are great aerobic athletes.
If you ask them to hit a baseball or golf ball,
they can't do that.
- Eric Heiden

It's no secret what's going on in baseball.
At least half the players are using steroids.
- Ken Caminiti

Casey knew his baseball.
He only made it look like he was fooling around.
He knew every move that was ever invented and some
that we haven't even caught on to yet.
- Sparky Anderson

Really, it's not harder to train for them because once
baseball starts you play everyday almost.
- Bo Jackson

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

If it weren't for baseball, many kids wouldn't know
what a millionaire looked like.
- Phyllis Diller

The genius of our institutions is democratic -
baseball is a democratic game.
- Al Spalding

Baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up.
- Bob Lemon

What I'd really like to give a try is cricket,
because I grew up playing American baseball.
- Jeremy London

I am dead set against free agency.
It can ruin baseball.
- George Steinbrenner

I live in L.A., so I go to basketball games.
But I love baseball.
- Penny Marshall

I think one of the most difficult things for anyone
who's played baseball is to accept the fact that maybe
the players today are playing just as well as ever.
- Ralph Kiner

Well, baseball was my whole life.
Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball.
- Mickey Mantle

For me, baseball is about, again, the team winning.
- Eddie Murray

Baseball was socially relevant, and so was my rebellion against it.
- Curt Flood

In baseball you hit your home run over the right-field fence,
the left-field fence, the center-field fence.
Nobody cares.
In golf everything has got to be right over second base.
- Ken Harrelson

You can't be afraid to make errors!
You can't be afraid to be naked before the crowd,
because no one can ever master the game of baseball,
or conquer it.
You can only challenge it.
- Lou Brock

This is a great thing that's happening in baseball.
We don't know if it will ever happen again.
- Mark McGwire

No matter what I talk about, I always get back to baseball.
- Connie Mack

Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.
- Yogi Berra

I'll play baseball for the Army or fight for it,
whatever they want me to do.
- Mickey Mantle

I am a hero worshiper.
I love the number one tennis player.
I love the number one baseball player.
I want to see those records broken.
- Martha Stewart

Whether you want to or not, you do serve as a role model.
People will always put more faith in baseball players than anyone else.
- Brooks Robinson

Baseball, it is said, is only a game.
True.
And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.
Not all holes, or games, are created equal.
- George Will

What you have to remember is that baseball isn't a
week or a month but a season -
and a season is a long time.
- Chuck Tanner

I was always active - I went from baseball to football.
I didn't have time to work out.
- Bo Jackson

There's nothing bad that accrues from baseball.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti

When I began playing the game, baseball was about as
gentlemanly as a kick in the crotch.
- Ty Cobb

I wanted to play baseball!
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

When I was coming up, I just wanted to play baseball
and I'm doing what I love to do most.
How can I feel pressure doing what I love to do?
- Miguel Cabrera

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


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