Bull Durham – 20 Years Later: An Appreciation

Over the years, we have all discovered that BULL DURHAM is much more than a simple movie about men, woman and the national pastime. It has become a primary source for answers to many of life’s greatest questions. Here is a sampling of some of the things that one will learn from the BULL DURHAM experience:

  • Making love is like hitting a baseball; you just need to relax and concentrate.
  • There should be a Constitutional Amendment outlawing astro-turf and the DH.
  • Doc Gooden takes off his socks prior to having sex.
  • Think classy and you’ll be classy. This means no fungus on your shower shoes.
  • Strikeouts are boring and fascist; ground ball outs are more Democratic.
  • Baseball is a simple game. You throw the ball, you hit the ball, and you catch the ball.
  • Woman don’t get wooly, they get weary.
  • The lava lizards of the Galapagos Islands breathe through their eyelids.
  • Never (expletive deleted) with a winning streak.
  • When you get in a fight with a drunk never hit him with your pitching hand.
  • Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes it rains.

And most importantly…

  • Whatever you do, don’t think. It can only hurt the ball club.

Twenty years later BULL DURHAM is still on top of its game. And for baseball fans, it gives us a little piece of what baseball is really all about. It’s about the dreams of young men just starting out, and older men who respect the game more than anything else. It’s about the commitment to your team, whomever and whatever that team is. It’s about trying to keep your head straight even though there are pretty girls around every corner. It’s about finishing what you’ve started. And most of all, it’s about baseball.

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Bull Durham is definitely on my short list of favorite movies. That last point listed above is one I frequently refer to at work and in other situations. There’s much to learn from the film, not just about baseball, but about life.

Oh, and definitely never <expletive deleted> with a winning streak.

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