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A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.
Annie Savoy: These are the ground rules. I hook up with one guy a season. Usually takes me a couple weeks to pick the guy - kinda my own spring training. 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? Annie Savoy: What? Crash Davis: Why do you get to choose? I mean, why don't I get to choose, why doesn't he get to choose? Annie Savoy: 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, they can't do dick. You get 300 million of them, they can build a cathedral. [Crash laughs] Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: So is somebody going to go to bed with somebody or what? Annie Savoy: Honey, you are a regular nuclear meltdown. You better cool off. Ha ha, ha ha! [to Crash as he stands up] Annie Savoy: Oh, where are you going? Crash Davis: After 12 years in the minor leagues, I don't try out. Besides, uh, I don't believe in quantum physics when it comes to matters of the heart. Annie Savoy: What do you believe in, then? Crash Davis: Well, I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, 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. [pauses then winks and walks away] Crash Davis: Goodnight. Annie Savoy: Oh my. Crash... Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: Hey, Annie, what's all this molecule stuff?
Crash Davis: It's time to work on your interviews. Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: My interviews? What do I gotta do? Crash Davis: You're gonna have to learn your clichés. You're gonna have to study them, you're gonna have to know them. They're your friends. Write this down: "We gotta play it one day at a time." Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: Got to play... it's pretty boring. Crash Davis: 'Course it's boring, that's the point. Write it down.
[first lines] Annie Savoy: [narrating] I believe in the Church of Baseball. I've tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I've worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I learned that, I gave Jesus a chance. But it just didn't work out between us. The Lord laid too much guilt on me. I prefer metaphysics to theology. You see, there's no guilt in baseball, and it's never boring, [giggles] Annie Savoy: which makes it like sex. There's never been a ballplayer slept with me who didn't have the best year of his career. Making love is like hitting a baseball: you just gotta relax and concentrate. Besides, I'd never sleep with a player hitting under .250, not unless he had a lot of RBIs and was a great glove man up the middle. You see, there's a certain amount of life wisdom I give these boys. I can expand their minds. Sometimes when I got a ballplayer alone, I'll just read Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman to him, and the guys are so sweet, they always stay and listen. 'Course, a guy'll listen to anything if he thinks it's foreplay. I make them feel confident, and they make me feel safe, and pretty. 'Course, what I give them lasts a lifetime; what they give me lasts 142 games. Sometimes it seems like a bad trade. 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.
Crash Davis: This son of a bitch is throwing a two-hit shutout. He's shaking me off. You believe that shit? Charlie, here comes the deuce. And when you speak of me, speak well.
Crash Davis: 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. Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: [to himself] What's this guy know about pitching? If he's so good how come he's been in the minors for the last ten years? If he's so good how come Annie wants me instead of him? Crash Davis: Oh, hey, and another thing, Meat. You don't know shit, all right? If you wanna make it to the bigs, you'll listen to me. Annie only wants you so she can boss you around, got it? So relax! Let's have some fun out here! This game's fun, OK? Fun goddamnit. And don't hold the ball so hard, OK? It's an egg. Hold it like an egg.
Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: A good friend of mine used to say, "This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains." Think about that for a while.
Annie Savoy: The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness.
Millie: [Annie is fitting Millie in her wedding dress] Annie... do you think I deserve to wear white? Annie Savoy: Honey, we all deserve to wear white.
Crash Davis: [Mechanized bull noises in background] Well, he really hit the shit outta that one, didn't he? [laughs] Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: [softly, infuriated] I held it like an egg. Crash Davis: Yeah, and he scrambled the son of a bitch. Look at that, he hit the fucking bull! Guy gets a free steak! [laughs] Crash Davis: You having fun yet? Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: Oh, yeah. Havin' a blast. Crash Davis: Good. Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: [pause] God, that sucker teed off on that like he knew I was gonna throw a fastball! Crash Davis: He did know. Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: How? Crash Davis: I told him.
Crash Davis: 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.
Crash Davis: You be cocky and 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. You hayseed. It's arrogance not 'ignorance.'
Crash Davis: I never told him to stay out of your bed. Annie Savoy: You most certainly did. Crash Davis: I never told him to stay out of your bed. Annie Savoy: Yes you did. Crash Davis: I told him that a player on a streak has to respect the streak. Annie Savoy: Oh fine. Crash Davis: You know why? Because they don't - -they don't happen very often. Annie Savoy: Right. Crash Davis: If you believe you're playing well because you're getting laid, or because you're not getting laid, or because you wear women's underwear, then you *are*! And you should know that! [long pause] Crash Davis: Come on, Annie, think of something clever to say, huh? Something full of magic, religion, bullshit. Come on, dazzle me. Annie Savoy: I want you.
Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: [LaLoosh challenged Davis to a fight] I don't hit no man first. Crash Davis: All right, then... [throws him a baseball] Crash Davis: ... hit me in the chest with that. Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: I'd kill you! Crash Davis: Yeah? From what I hear, you couldn't hit water if you fell out of a fucking boat.
Annie Savoy: Right, honey, let's get down to it. How was Ebby Calvin LaLoosh? Millie: Well, he fucks like he pitches - sorta all over the place.
Crash Davis: 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 Davis: Come on, Rook. Show us that million-dollar arm, 'cause I got a good idea about that five-cent head of yours.
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.
Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: The other day Crash called a woman's pu... pussy... um, well, you know how the hair is kind of in a V-shape? Annie Savoy: Yes, I do. Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: Well, he called it the Bermuda Triangle. He said that a man could get lost in there and never be heard from again.
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 shit.
Skip: Don't take this the wrong way Millie, but if I catch you in here again I'll ban you from the ballpark. Millie: You can't ban me from the ballpark because my daddy donated the scoreboard. Skip: What do we need a scoreboard for? We haven't scored any runs all season.
Annie Savoy: Listen, sweetheart, you shouldn't listen to what a woman says when she's in the throes of passion. They say the darndest things. Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: Yeah, you said "Crash"! Annie Savoy: Honey, would you rather I were making love to him using your name, or making love to you using his name?
[Crash calls for a curve ball, Ebby shakes off the pitch twice] Crash Davis: [stands up] Hey! *Hey*! [walks to meet Ebby at the mound] Crash Davis: Why are you shaking me off? Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: [Gets in Crash's face] I want to give him the heat and announce my presence with authority! Crash Davis: Announce your fucking presence with authority? This guy is a first ball, fast ball hitter! Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: Well he hasn't seen my heat! Crash Davis: [pauses] Allright meat, show him your heat. [Walks back towards the batter's box] Crash Davis: [to the batter] Fast ball.
Larry: [Larry jogs out to the mound to break up a players' conference] 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? [Jose nods] 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.
[last lines] Annie Savoy: [narrating] 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." You could look it up.
Crash Davis: I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon.
Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: Why's he calling me meat? I'm the one driving a Porsche.
Crash Davis: What's wrong? Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: I'm nervous - my old man's here. Crash Davis: Where? Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: He's behind home plate - don't look. Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: [Crash looks and sees Ebby's father who waves] Don't look. Crash Davis: [Crash waves back] Hey, he's waving. He's just your father, man - he's as full of shit as anybody.
Larry: Who's this? Who are you? Crash Davis: I'm the player to be named later.
Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: How come you don't like me? Crash Davis: 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. Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: I got a what? Crash Davis: You got a gift. When you were a baby, the Gods reached down and turned your right arm into a thunderbolt. You got a Hall-of-Fame arm, but you're pissing it away. Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: I ain't pissing nothing away. I got a Porsche already; a 911 with a quadrophonic Blaupunkt. Crash Davis: Christ, you don't need a quadrophonic Blaupunkt! What you need is a curveball! In the show, everyone can hit heat. Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: Well, how would you know? YOU been in the majors? Crash Davis: Yeah, I've been in the majors.
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.
[On playing in the "show" - major league baseball] Crash Davis: Yeah, I was in the show. I was in the show for 21 days once - the 21 greatest days of my life. You know, you never handle your luggage in the show, somebody else carries your bags. It was great. You hit white balls for batting practice, the ballparks are like cathedrals, the hotels all have room service, and the women all have long legs and brains.
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.
Crash Davis: I wouldn't dig in if I was you. Next one might be at your head. I don't know where it's gonna go. Swear to God.
Umpire: Call me a cocksucker again, and you're outta here. Crash Davis: You're a cocksucker. Umpire: You're... *outta*! Larry: Whoa! What the fuck is that?
Larry: Well if there was one chick who would know you were pulling your hips out early it'd be Annie.
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. This... is a simple game. You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball.
Annie Savoy: [narrating] Baseball may be a religion full of magic, cosmic truth, and the fundamental ontological riddles of our time, but it's also a job.
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 play for?
Crash Davis: The rose goes in the front, big guy.
Annie Savoy: I think probably with my love of four-legged creatures and hooves and everything, that in another lifetime I was probably Catherine the Great, or Francis of Assisi. I'm not sure which one. What do you think? Crash Davis: How come in former lifetimes, everybody is someone famous? [Annie and Crash pause, then both laugh] Crash Davis: I mean, [still laughing] Crash Davis: how come nobody ever says they were Joe Schmo? Annie Savoy: [still laughing] Because it doesn't work that way, you fool!
Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: [after giving up another hit] Shit! Piss! Fuck!
Crash Davis: Throw that shit again, Meat. Throw that weak-ass shit again.
Teddy Cullinane: [broadcasting on the radio] I've never seen Crash so angry. And frankly, sports fans, he used a word that's a no-no with umpires. Millie: [Annie snaps off the radio] Crash must've called the guy a cocksucker. Annie: Mmmmm. How romantic.
Crash Davis: Did you hit me with your right hand or did you hit me with your left? Huh? Did you hit me with your right hand or did you hit me with your LEFT? Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: My left. Crash Davis: Good! That's good; when you get in a fight with a drunk you don't hit him with your pitching hand. God, I can't keep giving you these free lessons so quit screwin' around and help me up.
Crash Davis: I dare you to throw the hammer. You ain't that stupid.
Crash Davis: C'mon Meat, throw me that weak-ass shit!
Crash Davis: You just got lesson number one: don't think; it can only hurt the ball club.
Larry: Sears sucks, Crash. Boy, I worked there once. Sold Lady Kenmores. Nasty, whoa, nasty.
Annie Savoy: [after Millie received the note from Crash to Annie] OK, what does it say? Millie: It says, "I want to make love to you." Annie Savoy: Oh my! [Annie turns to look at Crash through the binoculars]
Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: What's he know about fun? I'm young. I know about fun. He's an old man. He don' know nuthin' about fun.
Clubhouse reporter: So how does it feel to get your first professional win? Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: It feels out there. I mean, it's a major rush. I mean, it feels radical in kind of a tubular sort of way, but most of all, it feels out there. Crash Davis: [watching Ebby from across the clubhouse] Hopeless. This is utterly fucking hopeless.
Crash Davis: You don't want a ballplayer; you want a stable pony. Skip: Nah. Crash Davis: Well, my triple-A contract gets bought out so I can hold some flavor-of-the-month's dick in the bus leagues, is that it? Well, fuck this fucking game! [pause] Crash Davis: I quit, all right? I fucking quit. [Crash exits the office and stands in the clubhouse for a minute before sticking his head back through the door] Crash Davis: Who we play tomorrow? Skip: Winston-Salem. Batting practice at 11:30.
Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: You're playing with my mind. Annie Savoy: I'm *trying* to play with your body. Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: I knew it, you're trying to seduce me! Annie Savoy: Well of course I'm trying to seduce you, for God's sake, and I'm doing a damn poor job of it... Aren't I pretty? Ebby Calvin 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! Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: You are, you're exotic, and mysterious, and... cute... and... That's why I'd better leave.