“A good friend of mine used to say, ‘This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.’ Think about that for a while.”
This question has been posed to me more than once and I’ve never wavered from my answer.
There are some great baseball movies. Field of Dreams. The Natural. Pride of the Yankees. Bad News Bears. The Sandlot. Major League. For Love of the Game.
Then there’s Mr. 3,000. Oh wait … I went too far with that one.
But then there’s truly Bull Durham and it stands above all other baseball movies, bar none.
Years ago, when I was starting out my career at a daily paper, I had to write a column during the MLB playoffs. I wasn’t much of a column person then, so I needed to dig deep. I ended up writing a top-10 picks of baseball movies.
It wasn’t even close.
Bull Durham is a classic in every form. It’s funny. It’s semi raunchy at times. It has a good story. The actors are fantastic.
And it has baseball.
The movie is full of quotes, too, which makes it even better. While it’s true it’s probably not for younger fans, the movie has withstood the time. On a visit to Durham last year, the team store had a bunch of things related to the movie. It’s very cool in that regard.
A quick story about this movie, though.
Years ago, we were playing at a softball national tournament. While there, I met up with an old college friend who was playing with another team. After our games were done, a bunch of us were standing beyond the outfield wall of another game, having a few cordials and chatting. At some point … the quotes started.
And though we couldn’t go through the whole movie, it seemed like between the whole crew, we covered every quotable part of the movie. It was pretty cool.
The movie is just about the perfect baseball movie, and with that in mind, I’ll leave you with this quote:
Skip: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!
If you are a baseball fan and have never seen this movie … I am not sure what you are waiting for. Make sure you go see it … and realize why it’s so amazing!
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