? Joe Klein, Texas general manager, after country singer and former Negro Leagues ballplayer Charley Pride, a switch hitter, struck out twice for the Rangers in an exhibition game against the Yankees: "Charley showed us he could hit three ways—left, right and seldom."
? Pete Rose, on Phillie Manager Pat Corrales' plan to spell him at first base sometimes with Tony Perez, depending in part on who's pitching for the opposition: "Tony can have Steve Rogers, Nolan Ryan, Mario Soto and Joe and Phil Niekro, and I'll take the rest."
? Jim Valvano, North Carolina State basketball coach: "I don't like all those TV time-outs. I run out of things to say to my team."
? Mickey Rivers, Texas Ranger outfielder, denying that he'd have problems with owner George Steinbrenner or Manager Billy Martin if, as rumored, he were to return to the Yankees: "Me and George and Billy are two of a kind."