“Basketball still is the most democratic of all sports — it belongs to the streets and the poor. The only essentials are a hoop, a ball, a pair of sneakers, and another kid who can go 'one on one' with you. And it was these kids that made the evening so beautiful.”
“The essential hallmark of the Yankees has changed in the decade since George Steinbrenner purchased the club in 1973. By now, at every level in the organization — from the guard at the gate to the principal owner in his private box —the Yankees are marked by a broad streak of paranoia”
“He's the best player the Mets have ever had — the best ballplayer New York has had since Mickey Mantle. But, like the Mets, he seems to have jumped from a confident future to a disappointing past without ever basking in the present. He's not having fun, and neither are we.”
Randolph smacked the pink projectile way up in the air, over the asphalt infield, over the fence that was an automatic double, over the alley that was a triple, and —crash! — right up against the fence over the 16th floor.
"More than any other contemporary African-American athlete, his ability to thrive in the pressure cooker of corporate America, while never making any embarrassing 'I’m not black, I’m universal' comments or selling his soul rather than just his visage, makes him a role model"
"In America, people sometimes hope New York will die before the close of the century. And so the spectre of another Yankee Frankenstein rising from the ash of urban blight is enough to turn stomachs from Shawnee Mission to Walla Walla"