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A dubious honour

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One of my favourite films is the wonderful 1988 movie Bull Durham.

While Bull Durham is about minor league baseball, it’s also about romance, sex, poetry, metaphysics, the tough business of baseball and the clash between talent and brains.

Anyway, there’s a scene where Annie Savoy (played by the then very hot Susan Sarandon) tells player “Crash” Davis (played by Kevin Costner, who for once is also sexy), that she has looked up his Minor League details:

Annie:
“I looked up your records– You’ve hit 227 home runs in the minors. That’s great!

Crash:
Don’t tell anybody.

Annie:
Why not? If you hit twenty homers this year you’ll be the all time minor league champ! The record’s 246.

Crash:
247 home runs in the minors would be a dubious honor.

To that end it would appear that something similar has happened to me over at Kiwiblog, courtesy of this comment on Biden’s Afghan disaster, and some train-spotter named Steve Todd:

Congratulations on putting up Kiwiblog’s 3,000,000th comment, Tom.

Not sure if I’ll get a prize for this or not. I wonder who did the 1,000,000th and 2,000,000 comments?

BTW, since we’re largely trapped in our homes you might want to stream or otherwise watch the movie. You don’t have to know much about baseball to enjoy it as both Crash and Annie try to teach rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh about baseball (Crash) and sex (Annie). Two quotes should suffice.

Annie:
“Y’see there’s a certain amount of “life-wisdom” I give these boys. I can expand their minds. Sometimes when I’ve got a ballplayer alone I’ll just read Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman to him. And the guys are so sweet, they always stay and listen.

Of course a guy will listen to anything if he thinks it’s foreplay.”

Or this scene where Crash strongly disagrees with an umpire’s call at home plate and gets chucked out of the game, all while Annie and her friend listen on the radio to the Bull’s official announcer describing events:

Teddy on the radio:
I’ve never seen Crash so angry and frankly, Bull fans, he used a certain word that’s a “no-no” with umpires.”

Millie:
Crash musta called the guy a cocksucker.

Annie:
Mmm…. God, he’s so romantic.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 23, 2021 at 4:37 pm

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