AL MVP Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins shares the baseball film he most enjoys watching after a hard day's work on the diamond.
Bull Durham (Orion Pictures)
Release Date: 1988
Starring: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins
Veteran ball player Crash Davis (Costner) is an aging catcher who was never quite good enough to make it to the Bigs. When a Class A Minor League team, the Durham Bulls, calls him up, Crash must put his ego aside to help mold the team's star rookie, a fast but wild pitcher named Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh (Robbins).
Hot-headed and uncoachable, Nuke has raw talent, but he needs to be pushed and coached by Crash to have a shot at making it out of the minors. Although they disagree on just about everything, they do have two things in commonbaseball and affection for Annie Savoy (Sarandon), a baseball groupie who romances both players, creating lots of comic effects.
After butting heads for awhile, Crash and Nuke start to appreciate each other, eventually learning to work together to key wins for the Bulls. Where do they end up at the end of the film? Watch it to find out whether Nuke or Crash gets the "Big" call up to play Major League ball.
STACK's Take: No wonder Joe Mauer likes this classic baseball flick. Catchers and pitchers know that for their teams to be successful on the diamond, they must work closely together. In this story, two players at different stages of their careers are thrown together and forced to work as a unit, despite their rivalry over a woman. Bull Durham is a great case study for any battery mates trying to get on the same page.
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