Great Lines from the Movie “Bull Durham”

"Bull Durham" 1988

“Bull Durham”


After catching the classic 1988 movie “Bull Durham” on Direct TV sometime in the past week, I had planned to save the DVR in order to go back through it for the “best lines” from that wonderful script. Then I gave it a second thought:

“Come on, Dummy!  Several somebodies have bound to have done that exercise a few hundred times over in the 27 years that have passed since the cult movie’s release. Go Google-find one that fits your own ideas for a good set of picks and then post it here, giving credit where credit is due!”

That turned out to be splendid self-advisory.

Here’s a list of classic quotes compiled by a savvy baseball move writer named Greg Pearson, whose list was published, with contextual explanation in the April 25, 2011 edition of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin JOURNAL SENTINEL:

“Who we play tomorrow?”

– Crash Davis (Kevin Costner), moments after telling the manager he’s quitting rather than being demoted to Class A ball.

“It feels out there. It’s a major rush. I mean, it just doesn’t feel out there, I mean it feels out there. It’s kind of radical in a kind of tubular way, you know.”

– Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh (Tim Robbins), responding when asked how it feels to win his first professional game.

“I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter.”

– Crash Davis, when Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) asks what he believes in.

“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? Lollygaggers.”

– Manager Joe Riggins (Trey Wilson), trying to inspire his sluggish team.

“I want you to breathe through your eyelids.”

– Annie Savoy, offering her unique pitching tips to LaLoosh.

“I want you to throw the next one at the mascot. Just throw it at the bull, all right. Trust me.”

– Crash Davis, offering his pitching advice to LaLoosh.

“Don’t try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring. Besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls. It’s more democratic.”

– Crash Davis, offering more pitching advice to LaLoosh.

“Why’s he always calling me Meat? I’m the guy driving a Porsche.”

– Nuke LaLoosh, after another mound visit from Davis.

“Candlesticks always make a nice gift. Maybe you find out where she’s registered and get a place setting or a silverware pattern. OK, let’s get two.”

– Coach Larry Hockett (Robert Wuhl), breaking up a mound meeting with half the team that involved topics ranging from pitching troubles to cursed gloves to wedding gifts.


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3 Responses to “Great Lines from the Movie “Bull Durham””

  1. Fred Soland Says:

    Sorry, but none of those lines are among the best in my opinion.
    These are some better lines…..

    ” This son of a bitch is throwing a two-hit shutout. He’s shaking me off. You believe that shit? Charlie, here comes the deuce. And when you speak of me, speak well.”

    ” Well, he really hit the shit outta that one, didn’t he? ”

    ” Man that ball got outta here in a hurry. I mean anything travels that far oughta have a damn stewardess on it, don’t you think? ”

    “Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: [pause] God, that sucker teed off on that like he knew I was gonna throw a fastball!
    Crash Davis: He did know.
    Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: How?
    Crash Davis: I told him.”

    “You’re gonna have to learn your clichés. You’re gonna have to study them, you’re gonna have to know them. They’re your friends. Write this down: “We gotta play it one day at a time.”

    “From what I hear, you couldn’t hit water if you fell out of a fucking boat.”

    “Come on, Rook. Show us that million-dollar arm, ’cause I got a good idea about that five-cent head of yours. ”

    ” The rose goes in the front, big guy”

    “I wouldn’t dig in if I was you. Next one might be at your head. I don’t know where it’s gonna go. Swear to God. “

  2. Rick B. Says:

    The “You couldn’t hit water if …” line is straight from an epic rant by Tommy Lasorda in which he said that very thing about the Padres’ Kurt Bevacqua. Here’s a link to one of the all-time great managerial meltdowns: (you might have to copy & paste it into your browser)

  3. Mark W Says:

    And then there was this one: “Are we gonna #$%@, or what?”

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