Seesaw Sports, where Dan Salem and Todd Salem throw down on the NFL, MLB, NBA and more. Two brothers from New York yell, scream and debate sports.
September sports quotes began with football, but ends on the diamond. Part duex of round six salutes the New York Yankees. They said what?
Todd is ahead through 5 1/2 rounds, but Dan isn’t done yet.
The rules at Seesaw Sports are as follows: Player one presents player two with a sports quote.
– The quote can be about sports
– Can be said by a famous sportsman
– Can be both about sports and said by a famous sportsman, but NEVER neither one
The quote is given, along with three hints as to who said it. These hints can be anything from when the quote was uttered to facts about the speaker.
Player two then responds with their guess as to who said it and a brief explanation surrounding their conclusion. A correct guess is worth one point for player two. An incorrect guess is worth one point for player one.
The score after 5.5 rounds: Todd – 7 points and Dan – 4 points
[Round 1] [Round 2]
[Round 3.1] [Round 3.2]
[Round 4.1] [Round 4.2]
[Round 5.1] [Round 5.2]
That was a low blow to start Round Six. I’m not sure tabbing a member of Hootie & the Blowfish as a celebrity is fair game. Nonetheless, I shall traverse these rough seas and persevere.
Although football season has kicked itself off, I’m going back to the diamond for another great stumper. And since you went so off the board, I may have to get a bit tricky this round.
“Never make predictions, especially about the future.”
Hint one: This was said by a baseball lifer and MLB Hall of Famer.
Hint two: This man is much better known by his nickname than by his given name.
Hint three: This is not a Yogi Berra quote!
I’d like to note that I’m thrilled you had not heard the Rucker quote before. I was sweating on that a bit.
Stating that your quote is about baseball is nice and all, but it’s certainly applicable to football as well. None the less, let’s dive into those hints. Hint one narrows the scope to Cooperstown. I love nicknames, so hint two is fun. And hint three removes the first person I wanted to guess, as well as who came to mind after reading the nickname hint.
Since Yogi Berra said nearly every famous quote that was in and of itself head scratching and brilliant, I’m left with only a few guesses. I’ll just rattle off the famous nicknames in baseball before I make my official guess: Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle (since you noted given name), Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig.
That list was shorter than I thought it was going to be. I also assumed nicknames upon several people. A new game perhaps? Is it a nickname or a given name?
I’m delaying the inevitable. My official guess, the man who stated that amazing quote, is Mickey Mantle. He probably got badgered in 1961 going for that home run record, asked numerous times if he would break it. How many home runs he would end up with. He didn’t like predictions, especially about the future.
I took a big chance here. There is a second man, also a Yankee, who was well known for saying bat shit crazy stuff. He was no Yogi, but he had his share of moments over the years. This could have been a reckless gamble by me offering hint number three.
Instead, it paid off! The Hall of Fame baseball man known by his nickname who said stupid stuff and was not Yogi Berra is not Mickey Mantle; it’s Casey Stengel!
“Alright everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height.”
That was a famous Stengel.
As was, “The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.”
Yogi may have the championship belt as best quote in baseball history, but Charles Stengel was not far behind.
Score after 6 rounds:
Todd – 8 points
Dan – 4 points
[If you missed the first half of Round Six]
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