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Pete Rose Quotes

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1. “It’s a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit it square.”
2. “Doctors tell me I have the body of a thirty year old. I know I have the brain of a fifteen year old. If you’ve got both, you can play baseball.”
3. “With the money I’m making, I should be playing two positions.”
4. “Somebody’s gotta win and somebody’s gotta lose and I believe in letting the other guy lose.”
5. “When you play this game twenty years, go to bat ten-thousand times, and get three-thousand hits, do you know what that means? You’ve gone zero for seven-thousand.”
6. “The manager of a team is like a stagecoach, he can’t move unless he has the horses.”
7. “Sliding headfirst is the safest way to get to the next base, I think, and 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.”
8. “I’m just like everybody else. I have two arms, two legs and four-thousand hits.”
9. “I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.”
10. “How can anyone as slow as you (Tony Perez) pull a muscle?”
11. “Some players you pat their butts, some players you kick their butts, some players you leave alone.”
12. “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 taking that headfirst slide. It means doing everything you can do to win a baseball game.”
13. “I haven’t missed a game in two-and-a-half years. I go to the park as sick as a dog and, when I see my uniform hanging there, I get well right now. Then I see some of you guys (media) and I get sick again.”
14. “There is an old saying that money can’t buy happiness. If it could, I would buy myself four hits every game.”
15. “Brooks Robinson belongs in a higher league.”
16. “Am I still in uniform? Then I ain’t retired.”
17. “My father taught me that the only way you can make good at anything is to practice, and then practice some more.”
18. “(Don) Gullett’s the only guy who can throw a baseball through a car wash and not get the ball wet.”
19. “Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal.”
20. “See the ball; hit the ball.”
21. “If somebody is gracious enough to give me a second chance, I won’t need a third.”
22. “I’ve never looked forward to a birthday like I’m looking forward to my new daughter’s birthday, because two days after that is when I can apply for reinstatement.”
23. “No matter how many times you say you’re sorry, somebody is not going to hear you.”
24. “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.”
25. “I’m not bad (his speed). I’m no Joe Morgan, but I’m pretty good for a white guy.”

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