I just watched "Bull Durham" for the first time in a few years the other day and now remember just how great a movie it is. It has great characters, some brilliant scenes, and gives that feeling of just how special, and hard, baseball is on the field and off. If you haven't seen it in a few years, I suggest checking it out a gain. It gets better with age.
Don't just take my word for it. The Baseball Almanac listed the top 10 baseball movies, and "Bull Durham" is number 1:
And It's not even that close. First, "Bull Durham" is far and away the most authentic portrayal of the game, both on and off the field. Baseball is treated with casual reverence: It's a great game, and we love it, but it is a game. Costner is at his best, and Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon are perfect complements. The romance between Costner and Sarandon is also just right. It's all thanks to writer and director Ron Shelton, who spent five years in the minor leagues and cared about doing things right. He avoids the usual sports movie clichés – he filmed Costner catching a foul pop just because he said movies never show the routine plays and creates characters that we like and a world that we Don't want to leave.
Here's a review from when it first came out in 1988 in the Washington Post. This is a great summary:
The Trailer and The Meeting on the Mound Scene
One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when they have a big meeting on the mound to sort things out. Here it is:
And here's the original trailer. Not the greatest quality, but you get the idea: