My friend and blogger, Yepindeed, does blog posts called “Why Aren’t You Real?!?” and I have found a fictional character I truly wish was real: Crash Davis. If this name is unfamiliar to you, it’s because you’ve missed out on the classic baseball film, Bull Durham.
I love this movie for several reasons.
- As much as I don’t really enjoy watching sports, I love watching sports movies. It’s so much easier to get into a game when you care about the players. I cared in The Blind Side, Remember the Titans, Friday Night Lights and I cared in Bull Durham.
- It’s set in North Carolina. I love seeing sights and signs that are familiar to me. The mention of Winston-Salem (minor league team used to be called the Warthogs but is now the Dash-very disappointing) makes my heart skip a beat. When the shoot a short scene at the Asheville Tourists field, I recognize the area and the sign for Fuddruckers on Charlotte street makes me sentimental.
- Susan Sarandon is magnificent. Her high cheekbones, curly red hair and long legs are just the start. Her character, Annie, is vulnerable, strong and hilarious. You just want to befriend her.
- Crash Davis. I think I would gladly marry Crash Davis, if he’s the marrying kind of man. He is genuine and kind and always says what he thinks. He is sexy and funny. He isn’t closed off. If you don’t love Crash Davis already, watch this video. If you tell me you still don’t love him, I just won’t believe you.