1. “The race doesn’t always belong to the swift nor the battle to the strong. It belongs rather to those who run the race, who stay the course and who fight the good fight.”
— Carl Yastrzemski
2. “When they knock you down, you not only have to get up, but you have to make it clear that you won’t be knocked down a second time.”
3. “Red Sox versus Yankees is the greatest rivalry in sports.”
4. “Anything less would not have been worthy of me. Anything more would not have been possible.”
5. “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.”
6. “I was a lousy hitter in May doing the same things that made me a great hitter in June.”
7. “I never stay away from workouts. I work hard. I’ve tried to take care of my body. I’ll never look back and say that I could have done more. I’ve paid the price in practice, but I know I get the most out of my ability.”
8. “I came to love Fenway. It was a place that rejuvenated me after a road trip; the fans right on top of you, the nutty angles. And the Wall. That was my baby, the left-field wall, the Green Monster.”
9. “I loved the game – I loved the competition. But I never had any fun. All hard work – all the time.”
10. “And if I have my choice between a pennant and a triple crown, I’ll take the pennant every time.”
11. “You don’t always make an out. Sometimes the pitcher gets you out.”
12. “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.”
13. “I remember I was a scared rookie, hitting .220 after the first three months of my baseball season, and doubting my ability.”
14. “This is a strange game.”
15. “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.”
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