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Happy Birthday to Bull Durham

Twenty years ago yesterday (June 15), the movie Bull Durham was released onto the big screen.

I saw it at the old theater in downtown Union City, if I remember correctly.

I loved it. I loved Baseball Annie and her wisdom and I loved that goofy kid Tim Robbins. That Costner guy was pretty good in it too. (However, we must counts some points off for this eventually allowing him to make the movie Waterworld; eveything comes at a price.)

As a fan of both the game of baseball and of movies, I still love this flick and the scenes between Sarandon and Costner are sizzling. The painting of the toe nails and the sloshing water in the tub drowning out the candles – that’s what I’m talking about.

And of course, who can forget the speech Crash spills out at Annie’s house.

“Well, I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.”

This movie is actually filled with memorable quotes covering everything from candlesticks to religion to shower shoes and cups of coffee.

I actually attended a Durham Bulls game back in the late 80s and had a Bulls keychain for the longest time. I was in North Carolina for an International Librarians convention. True story that I won’t get into here. I don’t know where that keychain is now, but I’m certainly thinking about it today.

ESPN the Magazine has a whole anniversary roundup of interviews with director Ron Shelton, Tim Robbins, Kevin Costner and other Bull Durham goodies.