Bull Durham, Tim Robbins, Kevin Costner, Robert Wuhl

My Favorite Scene: Bull Durham (1988) “The Meeting on the Mound”

With Kevin Costner a part of the Jack Ryan reboot that opens on Friday, I thought we’d look back to one of his first break-out movies, Bull Durham.  I love baseball.  I grew up on a steady diet of “baseball matters and little else does”, but I have to admit I’d rather watch college or high school ball than the pros these days.  All the cheating smeared the history of the game and that was, to me, a major part of its charm and appeal.  I have actually gone to more minor league games over the last ten years than major.  Minor league baseball is kind of hilarious.  The players are anxiety-ridden messes, the quality of the game varies wildly from pitch-to-pitch and literally anything can happen.  That’s what makes this scene so good.  Dumber things than this have happened in minor league ball, but it’s a hysterical example of how to build the comedy in a scene slowly.  I think of it every time I see a catcher trot out to talk to a pitcher.

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