I will admit that tonight I was a fair weather Detroit Tigers fan. I watched the game up to the point where we lost our no hitter tonight by giving up a grandslam. It was at that point that I switched over to Bull Durham.
Now, according to Wikipedia (I know, can’t trust it), it was voted the best screenplay of 1988 by the New York Film Critics’ Circle. Sports Illustrated named it the best sports movie of all time in 2003. And for years there was talk of a sequel being made, but that never came to past … especially since Susan Sarandon and Kevin Coster are approaching the 60’s (or something like that).
I just think the movie is funny as hell. One of the scenes that stands out to me is this one that takes place during a pitchers conference on the mound:
Larry: Excuse me, but what the hell’s going on out here?
Crash Davis: Well, Nuke’s scared because his eyelids are jammed and his old man’s here. We need a live… is it a live rooster?
Crash Davis: We need a live rooster to take the curse off Jose’s glove and nobody seems to know what to get Millie or Jimmy for their wedding present.
[to the players]
Crash Davis: Is that about right?
[the players nod]
Crash Davis: We’re dealing with a lot of shit.
Larry: Okay, well, uh… candlesticks always make a nice gift, and uh, maybe you could find out where she’s registered and maybe a place-setting or maybe a silverware pattern. Okay, let’s get two! Go get ’em.
Here’s to all of those Tigers fans who try to hold on as long as we can, but sometime just get distracted by the best baseball movie of the ’80’s.