Learning from the Movies: Bull Durham

Posted on March 14, 2011


Ever since I started this series of columns, I’ve wanted to write about Bull Durham. I know, it’s a little preachy and obvious, but it’s one of my favorite movies. Since I did another baseball movie last week, this seems like a fine time. I promise not to do Field of Dreams. Ever.

  • Remember the basics. It’s a simple game. You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball.
    • It’s easy to get caught up in the details and in side issues. Focus on being the best at the core issues.
  • There’s no guilt in baseball.
  • A guy will listen to anything if he thinks it’s foreplay.
  • It’s a long season and you gotta trust.
  • Strikeouts are fascist.
  • Never throw a punch with your pitching hand.
  • If you win 20 in the show, you can do whatever you want and people will think you’re colorful.
    • Prominent people get reputations for eccentricity when they are so focused on what they’re good at that they forget to notice if they’re wearing two of the same shoe. Until you’re good at something, you’re a slob.
  • On occasion, howl at the moon.
  • Don’t think, it can only hurt the ball club.
  • Baseball may be a religion full of magic, cosmic truth, and the fundamental ontological riddles of our time, but it’s also a job.
  • We gotta play it one day at a time.
  • All women deserve to wear white at their weddings.
  • Your father is just as full of shit as anybody.
  • You gotta play this game with fear and arrogance.
    • Arrogance lets you move forward and face new challenges. Fear keeps you on your toes.
  • Never fuck with a winning streak.
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