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Ryne Dee Sandberg

MLB Hall of Fame Induction Address

delivered 31 July 2005, Cooperstown, NY

"I stand here today before you humbled and a grateful baseball player.... I know that if I had ever allowed myself to think this was possible, if I had ever taken one day in pro ball for granted, I'm sure I would not be here today."

"The reason I am here, they tell me, is that I played the game a certain way, that I played the game the way it was supposed to be played. I don't know about that, but I do know this: I had too much respect for the game to play it any other way, and if there was there is a single reason I am here today, it is because of one word:


"I was taught you never, ever disrespect your opponent or your teammates or your organization or your manager and never, ever your uniform. Make a great play -- act like you've done it before. Get a big hit -- look for the third base coach and -- and -- and get ready to run the bases. Hit a home run -- put your head down, drop the bat, run around the bases, because the name on the front is more -- a lot more important than the name on the back."

"That's Respect."

"Reminds me of [as story about a] guy walking down the beach. He finds a bottle, pops the cork and a genie comes out to grant him one wish. The guy says 'My wish is for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. Here's a map of the Middle East.' Genie takes the map, studies it for hours and hours. Finally gives it back to the guy and says, 'Is there anything else you want to wish for? This is impossible.' The guy says, 'Well, I always wanted to see the Cubs in a World Series.' The genie looks at him, reaches out and says, '"Let me have another look at that map.'"

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