27 of the Best Yankee Quotes

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst IJanuary 13, 2010

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Alex Rodriguez #13 and Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees during a press conference after practice on February 24, 2004 at the Yankees spring training complex in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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I have compiled 27 of my favorite quotes by Yankee players. Each quote number corresponds to the Yankee’s number.

27) “I want players to look neat and responsible. Maybe it’s old school, but it’s kind of neat when people are always clean.”—Joe Girardi

26) “It’s emotional. Coming from the bench you don’t always have the chance to show your skills every day. But to get your chance, that is an amazing feeling.”—Jose Molina

25) “It’s an honor to be playing with these four players and to be a part of their fifth World Series title and my first.”—Mark Teixeira

24) “The Red Sox drafted me out of high school and to this day I thank God I didn’t sign. My dad stressed a college education and he told me that if they like you enough, they’ll draft you again.”—Tino Martinez

23) “Honestly, at one time I thought Babe Ruth was a cartoon character. I really did. I mean, I wasn’t born until 1961 and I grew up in Indiana.”—Don Mattingly

22) “When you have the chance to take the ball for the World Champs, you take the ball.”—Roger Clemens

21) “You play the game to win the game and not worry about what’s on the back of the baseball card at the end of the year.”—Paul O’Neill

20) “I think you learn. You learn from your mistakes. You learn from things you do and try to stay away from the negatives in your life. I think I’ve grown.”—Jorge Posada

19) “Derek (Jeter) told me the ghosts would show up eventually!”-Aaron Boone (after hitting his home run in 2003 ALCS)

18) “Sometimes a week might go by when I don’t think about the (perfect) game, but I don’t remember when it happened last.”—Don Larsen

17) “The day I got called up to the majors I wasn’t feeling well. I had gone out with my friends for ‘sodas’ the night before.”—John Flaherty

16) “You kind of took it for granted around the Yankees that there was always going to be baseball in October.”—Whitey Ford

15) “I’m a little too belligerent. I cuss and swear at people. I yell at umpires and maybe I’m a little to tough at home sometimes. I don’t sign as many autographs as I should and I haven’t always been that good with writers.”—Thurman Munson

14) “When you’re losing, you see what your team is made of.”—Curtis Granderson

13) “Always follow your dreams. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be something.”—Alex Rodriguez

12) “I don’t want to change. I haven’t done it before, I won’t do it now.”—Alfonso Soriano

11) “Every day that goes by and we don’t win a ballgame, that’s a missed opportunity for us to battle back.”—Brett Gardner

10) “Those huckleberries in the National League don’t want to do anything that the American League wants to do.”—Phil Rizzuto (on the designated hitter rule)

9) “You hit home runs not by chance, but by preparation.”—Roger Maris

8) “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going because you might not get there.”—Yogi Berra

7) “A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.”—Mickey Mantle

6) “When you sign on to do a job, you hope you’ll be able to get it done. But that’s not always in your control.”—Joe Torre

5) “It’s great to be young and be a Yankee!”—Joe DiMaggio

4) “The ballplayer who loses his head, who can’t keep his cool, is worse than no ballplayer at all.”—Lou Gehrig

3) “I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.”—Babe Ruth

2) “My heroes, my dreams, and my future lay in Yankee Stadium. And they can’t take that away from me.”—Derek Jeter

1) “Everything looks nicer when you win. The girls are prettier, the cigars taste better. The trees are greener.”—Billy Martin


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