"But sports carried me away from being in a gang, or being associated with drugs. Sports was my way out."
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"I like sports, and I enjoy playing basketball and lifting weights."
"If you're a sports fan you realize that when you meet somebody, like a girlfriend, they kind of have to root for your team. They don't have a choice."
"I love sports. I love animals. I love kids. I want to save the world. So how do I combine all those things? I don't know."
"Black people dominate sports in the United States. 20% of the population and 90% of the final four."
"One thing you learned as a Cubs fan: when you bought you ticket, you could bank on seeing the bottom of the ninth."
"I went through baseball as "a player to be named later."
"Olympism is the marriage of sport and culture."
"Baseball is a public trust. Players turn over, owners turn over and certain commissioners turn over. But baseball goes on."
"Other sports play once a week but this sport is with us every day."
"Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of necessary evil to the luxury of baseball, like the odor that follows an automobile."
"If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball."
"Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts."
"He hits it long. His shoulders are impressively quick through the ball. That's where he's getting his power from. He's young and has great elasticity."
"Football is violence and cold weather and sex and college rye."
"I was showing early symptoms of becoming a professional baseball man. I was lying to the press."
"Tennis and golf are best played, not watched."
"Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold."
"He hits the ball a long way and he knows how to win."
"He's got an overall flair for the game. It looks to me like he really loves what he does and he can't wait to get up in the morning, go hit some balls and go play."
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