There are two baseball quote books out: Baseball's Greatest Quotes, compiled by Kevin Nelson, and Voices of Baseball, Quotations on the Summer Game, compiled by Bob Chieger. It's a measure of Quisenberry's quotability that he has seven witticisms in each of the books and that only two of them are repeated in both. In the Nelson book the active player with the most is Reggie Jackson, with 25, and Jackson has been in the big leagues for 15 years compared to Quisenberry's four. Veterans Pete Rose and Tug McGraw each have eight. In the Chieger book Dan is fourth, behind the same heady company; Jackson has 18, Rose 15 and McGraw eight. Jackson says, "Quisenberry impresses me as a guy who can whip up a good quote or a save—not necessarily in that order."
Quisenberry tries hard, sometimes too hard, for the outrageous, and he will be the first to admit he steals good lines. For instance, he's a great fan of a book called The Profit, by Kehlog Albran, a takeoff on The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran. The Profit offers such wisdom as "The greatest actor in the world is the male Euphinian termite. Next comes Victor Mature."
Quisenberry performs his off-the-wall humor fairly regularly for the benefit of writers, although he says he gets funnier the deeper the Royals go into a season. A typical Quisenberry interview occurred after he earned his sixth save by getting himself into and out of a scary situation against the Yankees.
Reporter: "Did you know your records this year are actually better than they were at this time last year?"
Quisenberry: "How did you know? I'm into classical this year instead of pop."
Reporter: "Are you trying to disguise your knuckleball?"
Quisenberry: "No, actually, I want to give it away. If the hitters know it's coming, I'm hoping they'll change the swings that got them to the big leagues."
Reporter: "Did the weather affect your performance?"
Quisenberry: "Actually, I think my problem is that I haven't been clipping my toenails properly. The club is after me to change that."