Friday, April 13, 2012

SAID PETE ROSE

NO. 1: A TRIPLE OFF PIRATES' BOB FRIEND.

In honor of the 49th anniversary of Pete Rose's first hit in the majors, a sampling of his best quotes, courtesy of Baseball Almanc:

"I'D WALK THROUGH HELL IN A GASOLINE SUIT 
TO PLAY BASEBALL.''
"DOCTORS TELL ME I HAVE THE BODY OF A 30-YEAR-OLD. I KNOW I HAVE THE BRAIN OF A 15-YEAR-OLD. IF YOU'VE GOT BOTH, YOU CAN PLAY BASEBALL.''


NO. 2,000: A SINGLE OFF GIANTS' CHARLIE WILLIAMS.

Don Gullett "is the only guy who can throw a baseball through a car wash and not get the ball wet.''
"How can anyone as slow as you (Tony Perez) pull a muscle?''
"I'm just like everybody else. I have two arms, two legs and 4,000 hits.''
"I told him (Pete Rose Jr.) who to watch. I said if you want to be a catcher, watch Johnny Bench. If you want to be a right-handed power hitter, watch Mike Schmidt. If you just want to be a hitter, watch me.''
NO. 3,000: A SINGLE OFF EXPOS' STEVE ROGERS.
"People say I don't have great tools. They say that I can't throw like Ellis Valentine or run like Tim Raines or hit with power like Mike Schmidt. Who can? I make up for it in other ways, by putting out a little bit more. That's my theory, to go through life hustling. In the big leagues, hustle usually means being in the right place at the right time. It means backing up a base. It means backing up your teammate. It means that headfirst slide. It means doing everything you can do to win a baseball game.''
"Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal.''


NO. 3,631 (FOR NL RECORD):
SINGLE OF CARDINALS' MARK LITTELL.

"sliding headfirst is the safest way to get to the next base, i think the fastest. you don't lose your momentum, and there's one more important reason i slide headfirst: it gets my picture in the paper.''  

"The greatest competitor was Bob Gibson. He worked so fast out there and he always had the hood up. He always wanted to close his own deal. He never talked to you because he was battling so hard. I sure as hell don't miss batting against him, but I miss him in the game.''

NO. 4,000: DOUBLE OFF PHILLIES' JERRY KOOSMAN.

"The manager of a team is like a stagecoach: He can't move unless he has the horses.''
"There's an old saying, 'Money can't buy happiness.' If it could, I would buy myself four hits every game.''
"When I get the record, all it will make me is the player with the most hits. I'm also the player with the most at-bats and the most outs. I never said I was a greater player than (Ty) Cobb.''
NO. 4,192 (FOR ALL-TIME RECORD): 
SINGLE OFF PADRES' ERIC SHOW.
"With the money I'm making, I should be playing two positions.''

I'll leave you with this final quote, not by Rose, but by former President Bill Clinton, who speaks for me about Rose and his current predicament:
"I think just about everybody ought to get a second chance, and I'd like to see it worked out, because he brought a lot of joy to the game, and he gave a lot of joy to people, and he's paid a price.''
NO. 4,256 (FINAL HIT):
SINGLE OFF GIANTS' GREG MINTON.

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