A Collection of The Best Baseball Quotes to Keep You Motivated
It’s easy to get lost in the middle of it all. The game, the thrill of competing, the shouting from the crowd which usually gives you energy – all your victories and even all your losses. When you’ve been in the play for long, you can’t blame yourself for the times you often lose hope, lose motivation, or even lose a sense of reason.
And even more so if you are currently reading this article because it can only mean that you haven’t given up – that you’re trying to fill in that motivation. I might not know you or your story, and I might be just a person behind the screen and can only do so much and offer so little, but what I do have are words, and from my experience, sometimes words can be exactly what we’re looking for to give us strength.
So whether you’re a fan or a coach looking for quotes for your team or a player yourself, listed herein are some of the best baseball quotes to help get yourself back in the game.
FOR WHEN YOU’RE QUESTIONING YOURSELF
If you ever are at a point in life where you feel like you’re not doing enough, or that you’ve given it your all, but it just doesn’t seem to be working, and everyone else seems to be thriving, remember this quote from Carlton Fisk as he says,
“It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.”
Look at where you are. Look how far you’ve come from where you started. You have come a long way from the young player you once were years ago. You’ve grown with the team and worked hard every day for it, so don’t talk yourself into thinking otherwise. You, of all people, know how much you’ve worked and how much you gave it your best – but what you have to remember is that your best doesn’t always look the same for every game.
And well, if today’s best wasn’t enough for you, there’s always a chance for tomorrow. Bob Feller, after all, left this quote for anyone who needs it to remember,
“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.”
Other baseball quotes you might need to hear:
- “My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling bad or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” – Hank Aaron
- “Baseball is such a tough game, it really humbles you at times, you just have to try not to get too high or too low.” – Chase Utley
- “You may not think you’re going to make it. You may want to quit. But if you keep your eye on the ball, you can accomplish anything.” – Hank Aaron
- “In this game of baseball, you live by the sword and die by it. You hit and get hit. Remember that.” – Alvin Dark
- “To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything.” – Willie Stargell
- “Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game.” – Ted Williams
- “In baseball, there’s always the next day.” – Ryne Sandberg
Are you inspired yet? If not I have more keep going:
- “In playing ball, and in life, a person occasionally gets the opportunity to do something great. When that time comes, only two things matter: being prepared to seize the moment and having the courage to take your best swing.” – Hank Aaron
- “Do what you love to do and give it your very best whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it.” – Al Lopez
- “Nobody wanted me. Scouts told me to go to school, to forget baseball. Coaches said, ‘You’re never going to make it.’ I appreciated their honesty because I think when someone tells you something you may not like, you have to use that as fuel for motivation.” – Mike Piazza
- “That’s one of the great gifts of this, the greatest of all games, baseball: it allows you, still, to lose yourself in a dream, to feel and remember a season of life when summer never seemed to die and the assault of cynicism hadn’t begun to batter optimism.” – Mike Barnicle
THREE OF THE BEST BASEBALL QUOTES, IF YOU ASK ME
- “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” – Babe Ruth
It can be scary, sure – to have all that weight on you, that pressure, that fear of not being enough for the team or yourself, but if you let the fear overcome you, you let it rob you of the one thing you love the most: playing baseball. You let it rob you of the moments within the field, standing with your team, and playing the game, you all love playing. After all;
- “Competing at the highest level is not about winning. It’s about preparation, courage, understanding, and nurturing your people and heart. Winning is the result.” – Joe Torre
And so this is in the toughest moments, remember whence you came from. Remember why you started – remember the moments you first had on the field, and though it helps to be rational and critical, sometimes you just have to stop thinking and just be.
- “Play this game like the 8-year-old you used to be, dreaming to play in the show. Heart, passion, and fire! Remember where you came from.” – Bryce Harper
And so, to the great baseball player in need of motivation – I hope these words find you at the right time. All these people here, after all, were once like you. They were all here at some point, in the place a few steps from the beginning and ways away from the end.
Life and some game might put you down for a few innings, but the play doesn’t stop there. You know full well it doesn’t. So if stressing out about it is putting you down, then it’s time to get back on your feet and just enjoy the moment – enjoy the game. After all, like Marke McGwire said, “This is a great thing that’s happening in baseball. We don’t know if it will ever happen again.”
Keep going, ballplayer. In this book of life, this is just a part of your chapter. The rest is for history to remember.