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beautiful bull durham

"For one incredible June and July, the Durham Bulls began playing baseball with joy and verve...and poetry."

"Good, it's time to work on your interviews."
"My interviews? What do I gotta do?"
"You gotta learn your cliches. You're gonna have to study them, you're gonna have to know them. They're your friends. Write this down: We gotta play 'em one day at a time."
"Got...to...play.... Pretty boring."
"Course it's boring, that's the point. Write it down."
"Day...at...a...time."
"I'm just happy to be here, hope I can help the ballclub. I know, write it down.... I just wanna give it my best shot, and the good Lord willing, things will work out."
"Good...Lord...willing...."
"Things will work out. Yup."

"The other day Crash called a woman's pu...uh, a pussy....Well, you know how the hair's in kind of a v-shape?"
"Yes I do."
" Well, he called it the Burmuda Triangle. He said a man can get lost in there and never be heard from again."
"What a nasty thing to say."
"Oh no no no, he didn't mean it nasty, he said that getting lost and disappearing from the face of the earth was sometimes a good thing to do, especially like that, but...he also said there are times for discipline and self-control, and, and I think this is one of those times."

Let me write a paean to one of my all-time favorite movies, Bull Durham. It's a work of poetry all itself. There's so many quotes I love from it, I'd end up writing almost all the whole script down.

Then there's Susan Sarandon as Annie Savoy, part-time college English teacher and full-time baseball groupie, following the religion of baseball, Tim Robbins as Meat, or Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh, arm extraordinaire, and Kevin Costner as Crash Davis, who's been around the block one too many times on the minor league circuit. Annie's been around the block more than one too many times, too...but that only makes them great for each other...after they impart their own special brands of wisdom to the new kid on the block, Ebby Calvin, or Meat, as Crash calls him.

Whenever I want to just lose myself in a great movie, have it pick me up and take me away with great characters, great lines, great visuals, I watch this...and this afternoon, cable oh so obligingly is playing it for me. How nice. So I think I'm gonna just sit back and watch the three of them, along with the entire Durham Bull team, have one memorable summer. Everything may be going to shit in a handbag in the world outside my door, but here? Ebby and Annie and Crash and Millie and Jimmy and the entire team of Durham lollygaggers are enjoying life, and so am I.

(On the mound with half the team) "Scuse me, what the hell's going on out here?"
"Well, Nuke's scared cuz his eyelids are jammed and his old man is here...we need a live ro..is it a live rooster? We need a live rooster to take the curse off Jose's glove and nobody seems to know what to get Millie and Jimmy for their wedding present. That about right? We're dealing with a lot of shit."
"Well, uh....candlesticks always make a nice gift, and uh...maybe we can find out where she's registered, maybe a place setting or a silverware pattern. Okay...let's get to it. Go get 'em."

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