Minor coincidence: Big leaguers compare the movie to real life
SI.com checked in this month with some current major leaguers to see how realistic Bull Durham was compared with their own minor league experiences. Here's a sampling of their responses:
"I've seen it and I loved it. Probably one of my favorite baseball movies of all time. I'd say it's halfway realistic. I definitely would say there were some groupies out there (but not like Susan Sarandon's character)."
"I thought a lot of the stuff in the movie was right on, especially the bus travel and all of that. Everybody who has been in the minors can remember those long trips on buses and what you'd do to kill time. I thought the baseball action in the movie was pretty good, too, especially by Kevin Costner. He looked like he had played some baseball. Not so much with Tim Robbins. It's tough to look like a real pitcher if you've never done it before."
"Obviously they dramatized some of the things, like the bus rides. When I was in A ball we didn't have air conditioning on our bus and the hood was chained down."
"My approach in baseball and life is kind of laid back and having fun, so in that sense I kind of related. I would have loved to have been in it. I might have had to play the pitcher's role, though."
"It's Hollywood, so it's a little over the top on everything. But I think they did a pretty good job in that movie, especially with the interaction between the players and coaches and stuff. The action itself was probably a little bit off... But the minor leagues are a lot like that. All of us remembers being on those buses. That's what you remember. It's a huge part of being a low-level minor leaguer. You never forget that. As for Susan Sarandon's character, there's no question that's a true character. You see women like that all through the minor leagues." -- Brewers infielder Craig Counsell
"It's probably the best minor-league baseball movie there is. I remember my A-ball and Double-A ball bus rides, and it's pretty close. My Double-A bus broke down all the time. We we're driving from Jacksonville (Fla.) to Memphis and it was a struggle."
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