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Quotes of the day: Roberto Clemente

Published Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 6:29 AM EDT
Sep 30 2013

On this day in 1971, Roberto Clemente recorded his 3,000th hit.

Clemente was- and is- my only sports "hero." When news of his death was announced, it was the first and only time I ever saw my father cry.


Any time you have the opportunity to accomplish something and you don't, you are wasting your time on this earth.

God tells you how long you're going to be here. So you never know what can happen tomorrow.

I am convinced that God wanted me to be a baseball player. I was born to play baseball.

I believe we owe something to the people who watch us. When we don't try one hundred percent, we steal from them.

I don't believe in color.

I get kids together and talk about the importance of being a good citizen, the importance of respecting their mother and father.

I like workers. I like people that suffer because these people have a different approach to life from the people that have everything and don't know what suffering is.

I never heard any hate in my house. Not for anybody. I never heard my mother say a bad word to my father, or my father to my mother.

I want to be remembered as a ballplayer who gave all he had to give.

In a way, I was born twice. I was born in 1934 and again in 1955 when I came to Pittsburgh. I am thankful to say that I lived two lives.

My greatest satisfaction comes from helping to erase the old opinion about Latin Americans and blacks.

Pitch me outside, I will hit .400. Pitch me inside, and you will not find the ball.

Why does everyone talk about the past? All that counts is tomorrow's game.

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