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21 Astonishing Al Lopez Quotes

Al Lopez was a successful major league baseball player that went on to become the manager of the Indians and White Sox. In 1959, Lopez successfully led the Go-Go White Sox to their first pennant since 1919. Here is a look at some of the most memorable Al Lopez quotes to know.

“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.”

“Everybody says we hated the Yankees. We didn’t hate the Yankees. We just hated the way they beat us.”

“Given the volatility of the situation, I think the team is doing extremely well with the offload of supplies to help not only the base, but the local community as well.”

“He wasn’t firing like he used to, but he was still very fast and had very good control, … All you had to do was hold your mitt around the strike zone, and it’d be right there.”

“I don’t think he thought there were any players today that were better than Babe Ruth, the old-timers he played with.”

“I say, ‘Why are you doing this? I was just doing something I liked.'”

“I think people are forgetting that we have a growing population that we need to inform.”

“I usually stick out my hand and hope he puts the ball in it. Except the one time I went out to take Early Wynn out. I stuck out my hand and he hit me right in the stomach with the ball.”

“I’m delighted. I don’t know of anybody who had a statue built of them while they were living. It’s a great feeling.”

“It seems like I spent my entire managing career chasing the Yankees.”

“It’s tough to be pitching and having to worry about what a catcher’s going to call. If the catcher has a reputation of being a rockhead, the pitcher’s gonna have to worry that much more.”

“Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it.”

“Managing can be more discouraging than playing, especially when you’re losing because when you’re a player, there are at least individual goals you can shoot for.”

“Right now, we need to determine where the best place is for us to be, … If they need us elsewhere, we are ready to relocate.”

“That was a great year (1959) for the White Sox, but a tough loss in the World Series.”

“The manager is by himself. He can’t mingle with his players. I enjoyed my players, but I could not socialize with them so I spent a lot of time alone in my hotel room. Those four walls kind of close in on you.”

“The youngsters coming up now just go through the motions necessary to make the play. They should bounce around a little, show some life and zip.”

“They have more power than we did and maybe a little more pitching depth than we had. … And I love their manager.”

“They say anything can happen in a short series. I just didn’t expect it to be that short.”

“When you’re a manager all the worries of the team become your worries.”

“Winning that game could have turned the Series for us.”

Here is a brief biography of Al Lopez, the Baseball Hall of Fame major league catcher.

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