This movie was on last Friday when it poured rain during the Fourth of July holiday. The Red Sox were also rained out that nite and so when there’s no baseball to watch, watch a baseball movie. Like Young Frankenstein and The Quiet Man, the Hubs and I can repeat entire passages of this movie. Kevin Costner plays Crash Davis, an aging catcher sent up to Durham to mentor an out of control but talented pitcher Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh, played by Tim Robbins. Susan Sarandon plays Annie Savoy, the ultimate baseball groupie and part time lecturer in English Lit at the local junior college.
There are great scenes including the shower shoes:
Crash: Your shower shoes have fungus on them. You’ll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes. Think classy, you’ll be classy. If you win 20 in the show, you can let the fungus grow back and the press’ll think you’re colorful. Until you win 20 in the show, however, it means you are a slob.
The meeting on the mound when the Crash goes to the mound to get everyone on the same page. The meeting goes on so long that the the bench coach (Larry, played by the perfectly cast Robert Wuhl) comes out to find out what’s going on….
Larry: Excuse me, but what the hell’s going on out here?
Crash Davis: Well, Nuke’s scared because his eyelids are jammed and his old man’s here. We need a live… is it a live rooster?
Crash Davis: . We need a live rooster to take the curse off Jose’s glove and nobody seems to know what to get Millie or Jimmy for their wedding present.
[to the players]
Crash Davis: Is that about right?
[the players nod]
Crash Davis: We’re dealing with a lot of shit.
Larry: Okay, well, uh… candlesticks always make a nice gift, and uh, maybe you could find out where she’s registered and maybe a place-setting or maybe a silverware pattern. Okay, let’s get two! Go get ’em
And when Nuke LaLoosh shakes off the signs from Crash Davis this happens…
Crash: 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?
Crash corrects Nuke on matters other than baseball:
Oh she may get wooly, women do get
wooly, because of all the stress…
I hate people who get the words wrong.
It ain’t “woolly” it’s “weary” and
it nobody’s got stress, they’re
wearing a dress.
and lastly, the “motivational” speech in the shower room …
Little known trivia and Boston Red Sox sixth degree of separation to this movie? Grady Little of 2003, leave Pedro in fame, was the manager of the Durham Bulls during the filming of the movie.
Little known trivia part 2: the mascot for the Durham Bulls was renamed Wool E (e for education) because of the scene about the song.
And when you speak of me…speak well ~ Crash Davis