“It’s a long season and things average out. At the end of the year you can step back. You have good months and bad months. That happens every year. Rarely does a guy put up the same numbers every month. We’re not robots.”—Lonnie Chisenhall
“Fortunately, baseball is like life, and everything will be forgotten tomorrow. The majority of fans will revert to being selfish, forgetful and generally ethical people, and I will revert to being a jocular ne’er-do-well and a passable father. Basically all the good teams won. The standings will not have changed, only incremented. We will all be slightly more serious tomorrow.”—
“Of the players of the Snorkey Club of Philadelphia (named for the one-armed hero of the drama Under the Gaslight), one had an arm off at the shoulder, another had a paralyzed arm, the rest were minus a hand; their opponents in a game of May 23, 1883, were the Hoppers, who were all one-legged or on crutches. In a reminder to modern readers of the brutality of the industrial age in America, both sides were said to consist wholly of former employees of the Pennsylvania Railroad.”—
"The mentality has been the same. The first month of the season I was just bad. I didn’t play well and when I did play well I hit balls hard right at people. To be honest with you, just staying the course, riding it out and understanding it’s a long season. You’re going to have some ups and downs."
"[Brad Ausmus] is never going to be a guy who’s going to push the panic button. He’s very laid-back, and that has always been kind of how he approached the game. There won’t be that sense of urgency. That’s not what he does, and a lot of players prefer that. It’s a long season, and panicking really doesn’t get you anywhere.”
“It’s a long season and at this point we are just looking to compete and learn to come back when we are down. This late in the season the playoffs may not be in the picture for us, but we have the opportunity to grow individually and face adversity.”
At the beginning, [playing a variety of positions] was kind of nerve-racking. It’s something that I’ve gotten used to throughout the year, and I’ve enjoyed it. I would say it’s kept me fresh. Obviously there’s times when you hit a wall; it’s a long season. Moving around has helped me out a lot. It’s kind of kept me engaged.”
“I think a challenge in the commissioner’s office is to make sure that we find a way to engage young people — and I’m not talking about bells and whistles. I’m talking about the game and a way to create an interest in the game for kids that’ll make them want to play. I think it’s our responsibility to look where the future is, and that’s in the young people. But in order for them to be interested in the game, they’re going to have to play it.”—