have a long-ball hitter, you have a tough time winning because it takes three
singles to make a run. One blow of the bat with a long hitter and you've got a
run. We are in the home-run era of baseball and play for the home run much more
than in the past.
day of baseball is certainly different from the type they played when they had
a dead ball. Apart from that, just like there's nothing new under the sun,
there's nothing new in baseball either....
think it can be preached too strongly to young ballplayers to look ahead and
save enough money so they can go into business," Marion said, switching the
conversation abruptly. "What I mean is this: the public respects you, Marty
Marion or Joe Doaks, highly. Why? Because I wear that monkey suit out there. I
take off that uniform and am no longer associated with baseball, so people
forget me. The friends I call real friends are the ones who like me when I bat
.200 and not .300. The ones who like me in all kinds of weather."
was abuzz with activity. The children had tired of playing on their bicycles.
The steaks were sizzling on the outdoor grill and dinner was almost ready.
"Do you feel
happier as a manager than as a player?"
don't know." He sipped his beer and dunked a shrimp into spicy sauce.
"I haven't decided yet. They are in the same profession, naturally, but
they're entirely different. Playing, you feel you're a part of the game. Your
personal doings, whether you have good days or bad days, are the whole realm of
instance, you don't see one player admiring another player for his ability. You
only see the managers admiring the players they wish they had.
a manager all personal thinking is forgotten. You think entirely of mass
things, and what I thought was funny as a player sometimes seems tragic to me
as a manager. I didn't realize that losing a ball game could affect me the way
it does. I didn't realize I'd worry as much about what other guys do: how they
live, how they eat, how they sleep. I didn't realize that criticisms from fans
could be so numerous. Some of them try to be constructive, some of them give
you hell all the time; but it's surprising how few letters of criticism you get
when you're winning. You do everything the same way, except you win or lose.
But there's a big difference. Everybody loves a winner."
Mrs. Smith, the hostess, called. "I want you to meet a neighbor of mine,
and look what she brought you!"
The two women
came into the yard carrying a big cardboard box. Everyone gathered around to
see the surprise.