"A torn rotator cuff is a cancer for a pitcher and if a pitcher gets a badly torn one, he has to face the facts, it's all over baby."
"If they knocked two of your guys down, I'd get four. You have to protect your hitters."
"In Brooklyn, it was as though you were in your own little bubble. You were all part of one big, but very close family, and the Dodgers were the main topic of everybody's conversations and you could sense the affection people had for you. I don't know that such a thing exists anymore."
"I hate all hitters. I start a game mad and I stay that way until it's over."
"It's a bottom line business where a lot of gray suits are brought in and then, within two years, these guys suddenly know everything about baseball."
"My own little rule was two for one. If one of my teammates got knocked down, then I knocked down two on the other team." Source: Hall of Fame Yearbook (1989)
"Some of these guys wear beards to make them look intimidating, but they don't look so tough when they have to deliver the ball. Their abilities and their attitudes don't back up their beards."
"The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid, and if he is timid, he has to remind the hitter he's timid." Source: New York Times (July 9, 1979)
"When I throw a curve that hangs and it goes for a hit, I want to chew up my glove."
"When the ball is over the middle of the plate, the batter is hitting it with the sweet part of the bat. When it's inside, he's hitting it with the part of the bat from the handle to the trademark. When it's outside, he's hitting it with the end of the bat. You've got to keep the ball away from the sweet part of the bat. To do that, the pitcher has to move the hitter off the plate." Source: Words of Wisdom (William & Leonard Safire)
"When we played, World Series checks meant something. Now all they do is screw your taxes."