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Born: 1914-02-09
Profession: Businessman
Nation: American
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There are only two seasons - winter and Baseball.

Tags: Baseball, Seasons, Winter

The true harbinger of spring is not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of the bat on the ball.

Tags: Sound, Spring, True

Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off.

Tags: Baseball, Best, Sports

I try not to break the rules but merely to test their elasticity.

Tags: Break, Rules, Try

Look, we play the Star Spangled Banner before every game. You want us to pay income taxes, too?

Tags: Game, Pay, Star

The most beautiful thing in the world is a ballpark filled with people.

Tags: Ballpark, Beautiful, Filled

Every baseball crowd, like every theatre audience, has its own distinctive attitude and atmosphere.

Tags: Attitude, Baseball, Theatre

I do not think that winning is the most important thing. I think winning is the only thing.

Tags: Winning

I have discovered in 20 years of moving around a ballpark, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.

Tags: Game, Knowledge, Moving

I try not to kid myself. You know, I don't mind romancing someone else, but to fool yourself is pretty devastating and dangerous.

Tags: Fool, Mind, Yourself

After a month or so in St. Louis, we were looking around desperately for a way to draw a few people into the ball park, it being perfectly clear by that time that the ball club wasn't going to do it unaided.

Tags: After, Few, Time

I was in the game for love. After all, where else can an old-timer with one leg, who can't hear or see, live like a king while doing the only thing I wanted to do?

Tags: After, Game, Love

The Falstaff people, romantics all, went for it. They were so anxious to find out what I was going to do that they could hardly bear to wait out the two weeks. I was rather anxious to find out what I was going to do, too.

Tags: Bear, Rather, Wait

What can I do, I asked myself, that is so spectacular that no one will be able to say he had seen it before? The answer was perfectly obvious. I would send a midget up to bat.

Tags: Able, Answer, Seen

Notional is a production company with the DNA of an Internet company that makes content for everything.

Tags: Company, Content, Makes

Viral videos aren't just about being funny. They're about identity creation.

Tags: Creation, Funny, Identity

All Internet comedy is niche comedy. If you do an Internet video about Halo, every Halo fan will send it to every other Halo fan. But if you did an episode of a network comedy that parodied Halo, most of your audience wouldn't even get it.

Tags: Audience, Comedy, Internet

If you have a great idea that can translate elsewhere, then that's where the scalability comes in - and that's where you can actually start to make real money.

Tags: Great, Money, Real

If you're a content brand, you have to be in every place your audience is. Sometimes your audience is on the couch and wants to watch a 30-minute show, and sometimes they're checking their Facebook feed and want to see something that's only a minute long.

Tags: Place, Show, Sometimes

On the Web you have to sum up what your piece of content is in one link or nobody is going to watch it. That's the same thing I've been hearing from TV executives - is we need a program that you can have on the side of a bus and someone can watch it go by and get what the show is and want to watch it.

Tags: Nobody, Show, Someone
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When people tell you Web content is better than television content, they probably don't mean that, they probably enjoy the format of the Web better than the format of TV.

Tags: Enjoy, Mean, Tell

But of course it's always gonna be Suicide, our fingerprints, ya know? You can't ever get rid of that.

Tags: Gonna, Rid, Ya

But, Eminem... No, I've loved rap for a long time, especially when it got out of its first period and became this gangsta rap, ya know this heavy rap thing? That's when I started to fall in love with it. I loved the lyrics. I loved the beat.

Tags: Love, Loved, Time

Every now and then you think about your life, what you would like to be, you start at Number 1 and you go down to 100. And down at the bottom, 100, was - Stage. Go figure. That would be the last thing. It terrified me, man. But I had to do it.

Tags: Last, Life, Start

We played in Texas about a year ago, at Emo's, the famous country and western club in Austin. And I figured, well, if I'm finally gonna die onstage, that's where it's going to be!

Tags: Country, Die, Famous

Experience really does make you better, man.

Tags: Experience

I always said I was never gonna be an entertainer, Suicide was never supposed to be entertainment.

Tags: Gonna, Said, Supposed

I'm showing some of my sculptures in Holland in the spring, so we'll see.

Tags: Holland, Sculptures, Spring

It was when I saw Iggy Pop, that's what did it for me. That changed my life pretty much.

Tags: Changed, Life, Pretty

Lately I've been listening to some classical music again, some jazz.

Tags: Again, Listening, Music

You're gonna laugh when I tell you this, man, but I'm starting to enjoy Eminem.

Tags: Enjoy, Laugh, Tell

And I learned a lot from working with this kid, and I think he's gonna be a big star. Remember the name, Tim Dark, because he has something about his voice that's different from all the other rappers, even though his style is similar.

Tags: Dark, Remember, Working

But it was great, we sit in the same dressing room where, like, Johnny Cash sat and Willie Nelson and all those guys. That was in itself something amazing - I was on the same space these guys stood on, ya know?

Tags: Amazing, Great, Space

I did a couple songs with this hip-hop guy named Tim Dark. He was working in the same studio I've been working in, he heard my music and he said, aw man, I've got to do something with you.

Tags: Dark, Music, Working

I like performers who I know are for real. You can tell, man, there's an intensity about their stuff. You can tell right away they're real people, ya know?

Tags: Away, Real, Tell

I probably won't be able to hear it until five years from now anyway. That's when I always hear my own music. It takes five years to sit down with it after not hearing it for a couple of years.

Tags: Able, After, Music

It's easy for me to say that now, now I'm a father, I've got a four-and-a-half year old boy, I'm a different person. Well, I'm still the same person, but I'm different.

Tags: Easy, Father, Old

John Coltrane - I've been listening to the 'Trane again. It blows you away, because I know more now and I hear more now and I had a life that I've lived!

Tags: Again, Away, Life

Marty and I are playing with the same intensity. That's the beautiful thing, man, we're actually better now than ever, probably more intense now than ever, tighter now than ever.

Tags: Actually, Beautiful, Playing

People said that way back in the early days I was probably one of the first rappers; the reason is that I couldn't sing, so I had to talk! Lou Reed was probably the one who started it all.

Tags: Reason, Said, Talk

That's something - you laugh about Eminem... It's funny, man, because I didn't like him when he first came out, ya know. It seemed like a big joke. But I think the guy's for real, and I like his lyrics!

Tags: Funny, Laugh, Real

That's what my music... I'm working on a solo record right now, it's gonna be more hip-hop than anything, like electronic hip-hop, futuristic hip-hop. I'm probably gonna be rapping on it.

Tags: Gonna, Music, Working

That's what so sad about a lot of modern music, in my opinion, so many young bands never stay around long enough to fulfill their ultimate promise. They only get halfway there or a quarter of the way there.

Tags: Enough, Music, Sad

That's why so much of the music today sounds so much alike, because there's no in-between. So it's kind of nice to still turn some buttons every now and then.

Tags: Music, Nice, Today

Usually I'm the one who does the covers. And I just said, man, it would be nice to see what somebody else could do, outside of this thing. A fresher look. And I never, in a million years, would have come up with this. Believe me!

Tags: Else, Nice, Said

We're just getting better at our trade, man. We know what we're doing, and the reason why is that we've spent 30 years doing it. There's nothing that can replace that.

Tags: Getting, Reason, Why
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