And if I have my choice between a pennant and a triple crown, I'll take the pennant every time.
Ed (Runge), you're the second best umpire in the league. The other twenty-three are tied for first.
I knew when the ball was going out. It was something I worked into the decoy, but it used to tick the pitchers off. Bill Monbouquette used to say, 'Can't you at least make it look like you can catch it?' Meanwhile, the ball would be on its way over the fence to a spot three-quarters of the way out to the railroad tracks.
If that guy (Mickey Mantle) were healthy, he'd hit 80 home runs.
I loved the game. I loved the competition. But I never had any fun. I never enjoyed it. All hard work all the time.
I'm very pleased and very proud of my accomplishments, but I'm most proud of that (hitting four-hundred home runs and three-thousand hits). Not Williams, not Gehrig, not DiMaggio did that. They were Cadillacs and I'm a Chevrolet.
I remember I was a scared rookie, hitting .220 after the first three months of my baseball season, and doubting my ability.
I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it.
I was a lousy hitter in May doing the same things that made me a great hitter in June.
I was lucky enough to have the talent to play baseball. That's how I treated my career. I didn't think I was anybody special, anybody different.
The moment the game was over I sprinted for the dugout. The fans were pouring onto the field. If they'd caught me they'd have torn my uniform into shreds for souvenirs.
The three-thousand hitting thing was the first time I let individual pressure get to me. I was uptight about it. When I saw the hit going through, I had a sigh of relief more than anything.
They can talk about Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby and Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio and Stan Musial and all the rest, but I'm sure not one of them could hold cards and spades to Williams in his sheer knowledge of hitting. He studied hitting the way a broker studies the stock market, and could spot at a glance mistakes that others couldn't see in a week.
This is a strange game.
You don't always make an out. Sometimes the pitcher gets you out.