“[Baseball] breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall all alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.”
― A. Bartlett Giamatti, Take Time For Paradise: Americans And Their Games
"Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is succeed utterly; keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. You remain forever young."
-- Roger Angell
"There's so much about the game that is appealing. I think in the end the thing that appealed to me most was the fact that it rewarded merit. There is a justice to the game. If you score it goes up on the board. If I score more than you, you lose and I win; that and the idea that we do it together, community. If only life were that easy; that whenever we learned to cooperate with one another, and did the right thing - we won. That's what Baseball is."
- Mario Cuomo, Governor of New York