“If I could do that, I’d never leave the house.” – George Carlin
Kent Tekulve and Dan Quisenberry to name a few.
“It was a new day yesterday, but it’s an old day now.” – Jethro Tull
“I was looking out for Number One and I stepped in Number Two.”
Not as many holes as Blackburn Lancashire. Oh boy.
Formula None racing series.
It was a malaprop in the context of discussing a ballplayer but I’ll grant you that his grammar and syntax were spot on, albeit unusual. Here are two of his more famous malaprops a la Norm Crosby. "I’ve got a great repertoire with my players.” and “It is beyond my apprehension.”
Actually, he took over a terrible team in 1972, made them better every year and won three division titles in a row from 1976-78. They just weren’t good enough to get by the Reds in ’76 (nobody was) and the Dodgers the next two years (although they should have in ’77 if Luzinski could have fielded his position). Up to that point, he might have been considered the best manager in Phillies history which was dotted with the likes of Gene Mauch and the epic ’64 collapse. He had a .538 win percentage with the Phillies which is even better than it sounds considering how bad they were in ’72and ’73 and he left them in pretty good shape for Dallas Green and 1980.
My favorite Casey story: Casey managed the 1962 expansion Mets to a record of 40-120 (they were lucky two games were rained out and not made up). Towards the end of the season in what would be the final at-bat of his career, Joe Pignatano hit into a triple play. He came back to the bench dejected and Casey said to him, “Don’t worry about it. It was a team effort.”