"The great thing about sports and media is after a while you are seen for what you are."
Quotes of the Day Archive
"I hope the fans have enjoyed listening as much as I've enjoyed doing the games. I don't ever go to the park where I don't have a good day. I don't like losing. But I don't think I ever go to the park where I have a bad day. I don't think once."
-- Bob Uecker
"[When broadcasting,] I try to stay focused on the ball, since that's what takes you from pitcher to hitter to fielder. I remember getting tongue tied once back in '66 or '67. Frank Soden said to me, 'follow the ball, and let it tell you what to say.' All those other things happen after the ball's put in play."
-- Dave Van Horne
"I don't know what that pitch was, but it tastes like chicken."
-- Kenny Mayne
"My interest in sports probably revolved around whether Mickey [Mantle] hit a home run. If we had to leave the house to go see relatives or something, we'd say, 'Mom, wait five minutes. Mickey's up in the next inning. It was always an event."
-- Len Berman
"I don't know what could be a better situation for a broadcaster: to work NBA games, live in Orlando and have a court-side seat to watch the greatest athletes in the world. And I get paid to do it."
-- David Steele
"My passion, my entertainment, is also my occupation. For a living, I go to sporting events, and when I have down time, that's still where I want to be."
-- Matt Park
"One of the most important skills at [reporting] is not so much what comes out of your mouth but what you hear. To listen. When you interview people, it's very important to understand the nuances of what they're saying and to understand when they have actually made news—when they've told you something that they haven't told anybody else."
-- Lester Holt
"Now batting for the Yankees, number two, Derek Jeter, number two."
-- Bob Sheppard
"I miss [coaching because of] the relationships and influencing and impacting lives, but [broadcasting], in a different way, it’s rewarding. I get the best seat in the house for some of the best games. It’s not bad, and I’m still involved in a game that I don’t like, I love. It’s pretty cool."
-- Seth Greenberg
"I get much more satisfaction from writing [than TV]. The TV pays much better and the feeling of being live on TV is still a high that can't be reenacted. Having fun, doing highlights, gettin' silly with Scott Van Pelt, that's college fun. But then the show goes away and most people forget about it. I have columns I wrote eight years ago that people still comment on to me. I feel like I'm doing something more impactful and lasting when I write."
-- John Buccigross
"Athletes care about their legacy, and [for us,] it's a different ballgame. In journalism, one of the perks of the job is that you are able to build a body of work and hopefully leave something that's still around when you're not."
-- Dave McMenamin
"Be true to your convictions. Be true to yourself. Don't change – no one can rewrite their personality or beliefs and what they stand for. So often now people are trying to copy other people. You can instill someone with the basic values, work ethic, focus and determination, but you can't be someone that you're not. And that's true whether you're doing play-by-play or [any] profession."
-- Chuck Swirsky
"If you look at my 5th grade yearbook it says 'be a sports announcer' under my name."
-- Ryan Ruocco
"I think one of the most difficult things for anyone who’s played baseball is to accept the fact that maybe the players today are playing just as well as ever."
-- Ralph Kiner
"Baseball is dull only to dull minds."
-- Red Barber
"I think you should have a mindset of getting to the playoffs, because once you get in the playoffs, it is kind of a crapshoot."
-- Orel Hershiser
"I started telling people when I was 9 that I wanted to be a baseball announcer. I realized I was never going to be good enough to play professionally, so I would watch Harry Caray announce Cubs games, figuring that getting paid to talk about baseball was a good way to make a living."
-- Carter Blackburn
"There was pressure, so much pressure at MetLife Stadium. The Seattle Seahawks embraced it, inflicted it, reveled in it. They spoke all week of their respect for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos’ record-setting offense, but wait until Sunday, they said, just wait."
-- Ben Shpigel
"I find it interesting, because even when I coached [at the Carrier Dome], the crowd noise was always above you. You could always talk to your players. It wasn't like a distraction. Yes, the place was rocking, but the crowd noise was always above the bench line. That's my experience coaching here."