„Blass, if you pitch me inside, I will hit forty-three home runs a year, thirty-seven of them off you!“

—  Клементе, Роберто, Baseball-related, <big><big>1970s</big></big>, Circa 1970, '71 or '72, responding to the novel approach facetiously suggested by teammate Steve Blass, were he ever to be traded from the Pirates; as quoted in "A Teammate Remembers Roberto Clemente” by Steve Blass, as told to Phil Musick, in Sport (April 1973); reproduced in Clemente! https://books.google.com/books?id=n-4qAwAAQBAJ&pg=PT60 (1973) by Kal Wagenheim, p. 158
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