37 Bull Durham Quotes From The Classic Sport Romance Movie

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'Bull Durham' is a romantic comedy movie from 1988 which tells the story of the minor-league baseball team in Durham, North Carolina.

'Bull Durham' is partly based on minor-league baseball experience of writer and director Ron Shelter along with the fans and players of the Durham Bulls. The lead actor of the 'Bull Durham' movie is Kevin Costner who played the role of Crash Davis, a veteran catcher.

Crash Davis is brought to Durham to teach rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh, played by Tim Robbins, about the game and how to reach the major league. The female lead is played by Susan Sarandon, the character is named Annie Savoy, who is going around with Nuke but is attracted to Crash Davis. The story follows Ebby Calvin Laloosh who is part of the loosing single-A team Durham Bulls. Nuke (LaLoosh) is known as a pitcher with a million-dollar arm, but a five-cent head , who has the potential to join the major league. Here are some of the best 'Bull Durham' quotes that you will enjoy.

After reading these 'Bull Durham' quotes, do check out our '80s movie quotes and 'Waterboy' quotes.

'Bull Durham' Movie Quotes

The story is as much a discovery of talent as it is about molding it with practice and guidance. Crash Davis played by Kevin Costner and Ebby Calvin Laloosh can be seen as a coach and player in that context. Here are some 'Bull Durham' quotes to inspire you.

Kevin Costner won a lot of praise for his acting in the movie.

1. “The world is made for people who aren’t cursed with self-awareness.”

- Annie Savoy, ‘Bull Durham’.

2. “Annie: Crash, that was fabulous.

Nuke: Crash? You mean Nuke. You said Crash.

Annie: No, honey, I said Nuke.

Nuke: You said Crash.”

- ‘Bull Durham’.

3. “Don’t hold the ball so hard, OK? It’s an egg. Hold it like an egg.”

- Crash Davis, ‘Bull Durham’.

4. “I was in the show for 21 days once. Twenty-one greatest days of my life. You know you never handle your luggage in the show? Someone else carries your bags. It’s great. You hit white balls for batting practice. Ballparks are like cathedrals.”

- Crash Davis, ‘Bull Durham’.

5. “Crash Davis: You be arrogant, even when you're getting beat. That's the secret. You gotta play this game with fear and arrogance.

Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: Right. Fear and ignorance.

Crash Davis: [exasperated] No. Your hayseed. It's arrogance not 'ignorance.'”

- ‘Bull Durham’.

6. “Larry: Who's this? Who are you?

Crash Davis: I'm the player to be named later.”

- ‘Bull Durham’.

7. “Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: after Ebby didn't listen to Crash, and the ball became a home run] You told him I was gonna throw a deuce, didn't you?

Crash Davis : Yup.”

- ‘Bull Durham’.

8. “Crash Davis: Last chance. Your place or mine?

Annie Savoy: Despite my rejection of most Judeo-Christian ethics, I am, within the framework of the baseball season, monogamous.”

- ‘Bull Durham’.

9. “Joe Reardon : He walked 18.

Larry : New league record!

Joe Reardon : Struck out 18.

Larry : Another new league record! In addition he hit the sportswriter, the public address announcer, the bull mascot twice...

[Joe laughs]

Larry : Also new league records! But, Joe, this guy's got some serious .....”

- ‘Bull Durham’.

10. “Had a gun on him tonight. The last five pitched he threw were faster that the first five, He has the best young arm I've seen in 30 years. You've been around. You're smart, professional. We want you to mature the kid. We want you to room with him on the road, stay on his case all year. He could go all the way.”

- Joe Reardon, ‘Bull Durham’.

11. “Annie Savoy: Aren't I pretty?

Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh: God, I think you're real cute.

Annie Savoy: Cute? Baby ducks are cute, I hate cute! I want to be exotic, and mysterious!”

- ‘Bull Durham’.

12. “You ain't getting that cheese by me, meat. Look for the fastball up. He's gotta come with the cheese. Relax. Relax. Quick bat.”

- Crash Davis, ‘Bull Durham’.

13. “When you get in a fight with a drunk you don't hit him with your pitching hand.”

- Crash Davis, ‘Bull Durham’.

14. “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.”

- Crash Davis, ‘Bull Durham’.

Best 'Bull Durham' Quotes

The character of Annie (Susan Sarandon), who is big baseball fan herself, constantly pushes her boyfriend Ebby Calvin Laloosh (Tim Robbins) to excel and realize his true potential completely. Here are some baseball related 'Bull Durham' quotes.

(The movie 'Bull Durham' is still very popular

15. “I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions and most of the minor ones... But bad trades are part of baseball - now who can forget Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, for God's sake? It's a long season and you gotta trust it. I've tried 'em all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball.”

- Annie Savoy, ‘Bull Durham’.

16. “Relax, all right? 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, ‘Bull Durham’.

17. “Crash Davis: Where can I go?

Skip: You can keep going to the ballpark, and keep getting paid to do it. Beats the hell out of working at Sears.”

- ‘Bull Durham’.

18. “Women never get lured. They’re too strong and powerful for that.”

- Annie Savoy, ‘Bull Durham’.

19. “Annie: ...and, well, you two are the most promising prospects of the season so far, so I just thought we should kinda get to know each other.

Crash Davis: Time out. Why do you get to choose?”

- ‘Bull Durham’.

20. “Nuke: How come you don't like me?

Crash: Because you don't respect yourself, which is your problem. But you don't respect the game, and that's my problem. You got a gift.”

- ‘Bull Durham’.

21. “Baseball may be a religion full of magic, cosmic truth, and the fundamental ontological riddles of our time, but it's also a job.”

- Annie Savoy, ‘Bull Durham’.

22. “You just got lesson number one: don't think; it can only hurt the ball club.”

- Crash Davis, ‘Bull Durham’.

23. “The rose goes in the front, big guy.”

- Crash Davis, ‘Bull Durham’.

24. “You're gonna' show up my pitcher after I gave you a gift...RUN DUMBY!”

- Crash Davis, ‘Bull Durham’.

25. “When you get in a fight with a drunk, you don't hit 'em with your pitching hand.”

- Crash Davis, ‘Bull Durham’.

26. “Walt Whitman once said, I see great things in Baseball. It's our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us.”

- Annie Savoy, ‘Bull Durham’.

27. “How come in former lifetimes, everybody is somebody famous?”

- Crash Davis, ‘Bull Durham’.

28. “The Durham Bulls began playing baseball with joy and verve and poetry.”

- Annie Savoy, ‘Bull Durham’.

Interesting Quotes From 'Bull Durham'

Annie (Susan Sarandon) is attracted to Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) too. She is inspired by Kevin Costner’s speech about things he believes in. Annie (Sarandon) and Crash Davis work together to help Ebby Calvin Laloosh reach his true potential. Here are some more 'Bull Durham' quotes.

29. “Well, I believe in the soul...he hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter.  I believe in the sweet spot,...opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve.”

- Crash Davis, ‘Bull Durham’.

30. “Skip: What's our record, Larry?

Larry: Eight and sixteen.

Skip: Eight...and sixteen. How'd we ever win eight?

Larry: It's a miracle.

Skip: It's a miracle. a simple game. You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball. You got it?”

- ‘Bull Durham’.

31. “I’m Crash Davis; I’m your new catcher, and you just got lesson No. 1: Don’t think. You can only hurt the ball club.”

- Crash Davis, ‘Bull Durham’.

32. “You don’t want a ballplayer; you want a stable pony.”

- Crash Davis, ‘Bull Durham’.

33. “Larry: Who's this? Who are you?

Crash Davis: I'm the player to be named later.”

- ‘Bull Durham’.

34. “Skip: You guys. 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? Larry!

Larry: Lollygaggers!

Skip: Lollygaggers.”

- ‘Bull Durham’.

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

- Crash Davis, ‘Bull Durham’.

36. “Well, actually, nobody on this planet ever really chooses each other. I mean, it's all a question of quantum physics, molecular attraction, and timing. Why, there are laws we don't understand that bring us together and tear us apart. Uh, it's like pheromones. You get three ants together.....”

- Annie Savoy, ‘Bull Durham’.

37. “Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: Ooh, I've heard of stuff like this.

Annie Savoy: Yeah? Have you heard of Walt Whitman?

Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: No. Who's he plays for?”

- ‘Bull Durham’.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Bull Durham quotes, then why not take a look at [Bring it on quotes], or dodgeball quotes.


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