Monday, May 13, 2013

SAID MICKEY RIVERS





Mickey Rivers was Mick The Quick on the field and Mick The Quip off of it.

He had a knack for covering ground quickly and conveying malapropisms effortlessly.

Rivers ambled up to the plate like an elderly old coot in need of a scooter. But after making contact or taking a walk, he was electricity sparking from a live wire as his 267 stolen bases and 71 triples attest. He swiped a career-high 70 bags and hit a major-league high 13 triples in 1975.

When he joined the Yankees in 1976, Mickey's Circus of Lunacy finally found the big top. His addition helped the Yankees win three consecutive American League championships and the World Series in '77 and '78. He took particular glee in needling Reggie Jackson, his teammate for two-plus seasons. Let's take a step back into the world according to Rivers, where any phrase or thought can be twisted up and spit out, courtesy of mickeyrivers.com:






"I DON'T GET UPSET OVER THINGS I CAN CONTROL, BECAUSE IF I CAN CONTROL THEM, THERE'S NO SENSE IN GETTING UPSET. AND I DON'T GET UPSET OVER THINGS I CAN'T CONTROL, BECAUSE IF I CAN'T CONTROL THEM, THERE'S NO SENSE IN GETTING UPSET.''



"You can't improve what's bad,

 you can only build up what's good."








"He was lost out there. He was the Lost Mohegan." 
On a teammate who just played his first game.




"what was the name of that dog on 'rin tin tin'?''







"Me and George (Steinbrenner)
and Billy (Martin) are
two of a kind.'' 


"We'll do all right if we can captitalize on our mistakes.''



"Pitching is 80% of the game
 and the other half is hitting and fielding.''






"You'd better stop readin' and writin' and start hittin'!'' 
Answering Reggie's assertion that Rivers should learn how to read and write.



"Out of what, a thousand?" 

Responding to Mr. October's claim he had an IQ of 160.






"The wind 
was blowin' 
about 100 degrees." 




"i didn't want the wind to hit me, so i tried
 to outrun the wind."









"The first thing you do when you get out 
to center field is put up your finger and check
 the wind-chill factor."







"I might have to commute.
You know, left field, DH, wherever."



Napoleon
''He's so ugly. When you walked by him, your pants wrinkle. 
He made fly balls curve foul."
On former major-leaguer Danny Napoleon.






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