A mystique of history and heritage surrounds the New York Yankees. It's like the old days revived. We're loved and hated, but always in larger doses than any other team. We're the only team in any sport whose name and uniform and insignia are synonymous with their entire sport all over the world.... the Yankees mean baseball to more people than all the other teams combined.
Paul Blair, quoted in Washington Post, 22 June 1978
You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too.
A ball player's got to be kept hungry to become a big-leaguer. That's why no boy from a rich family ever made the big leagues.
Joe DiMaggio, quoted in New York Times, 30 April 1961