"The big thing about baseball," he said, continuing on his favorite subject, "or anything else, is you've got to have confidence, self-confidence. You can't be afraid. With kids, you must have patience. You build confidence into them by letting each one play. You can't hit too hard, because it breaks their confidence, then they won't come out and play again. It's the same thing in pro ball: you can't break confidence, and that's what the platoon system is doing, ruining confidence. Nobody'll beat my record, and I'm not egotistically speaking, but they aren't letting men play enough. If a guy plays 100 games a season, he's remarkable."
In spite of all the conversation, he had made it through the soup and was poking dubiously at his sandwich.
"When baseball becomes work and not fun, it's time to take the uniform off. That's one trouble with players today, they say 'we're going out to work.' That gets me mad. Today baseball is big business. Sure, you have to make money, but today they're over-stressing it. Baseball should be kept on a sport basis, kept on the high level on which the game was begun," said Hornsby in the tones of a dedicated altar boy.
"I love baseball," he said softly, almost as if he'd forgotten anyone was listening, "and I want to stay in it. I think I belong in baseball," he ended with conviction and chomped into his sandwich to close the matter.