Bull Durham Quotes

Monday, August 15 by Bo Vandy

"Bull Durham" quotes are repeated over and over because quite simply they are some of the best and most time honored sports movie quotes around.  "Bull Durham" quotes are also oft-repeated because there is something about them that allows a person to feel as they apply to every day life in some way, shape or form. 

  1. "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. 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 only means you are a slob." – "Bull Durham" is essentially about men growing up and this is certainly part of that. Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) is brought in to teach Nuke Laloosh (Tim Robbins) how to act like a major leaguer.
  2. "Well, I believe in the soul……the small of a woman's back, the 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, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days. [pause] Goodnight." – This quote in "Bull Durham" is when the town "girlfriend" chooses Nuke LaLoosh over Crash Davis.  The speech is Crash's rebuttal and is the first step towards winning Annie Savoy's heart.
  3. "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." – This particular "Bull Durham" quote is simply when Crash is trying to get Nuke to calm down.  His bringing politics into a baseball scenario is what makes the quote so great.
  4. "What are you doing standing here? I gave you a gift. You stand here showing up my pitcher? Run, dummy." – This particular Bull Durham quote comes when Crash tells the batter what pitch is coming as punishment to Nuke for talking back to him.  Crash then gets angry that the batter is gloating.
  5. "Well, Nuke's scared because his eyelids are jammed and his old man's here. We need a live… is it a live rooster?  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.  Is that about right?  We're dealing with a lot of shit." -  This might be the most well known "Bull Durham" quote of them all because it effectively sums up the entire movie in a matter of seconds.