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Happy 55th Birthday…

January 18th, 2010

Kevin Costner’s bio lists 45 acting credits. At his peak, he played Wyatt Earp, Jim Garrison (in JFK), Robin Hood and Whitney Houston’s bodyguard. bull-durham-mv04At his best he was Ray Kinsella in Field of Dreams, “Tin Cup” McAvoy and Eliot Ness. At his worst, he was mocked mercilessly for the hugely expensive, and disastrous Waterworld.

But we wish Kevin Costner birthday wishes for none of that.

In 1988, Costner strapped on the catcher gear to play career minor league ball player “Crash” Davis in Bull Durham. Costner captured Davis flawlessly, the perfect foil for Tim Robbins “Nuke” LaLoosh and Susan Sarandon’s southern belle Annie Savoy. A catcher with a better brain than arm, Davis gave us such memorable quotes as

Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls – it’s more democratic.

and

 

 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.

It is for his performance as Crash Davis that At Home in Hespeler wishes Kevin Costner a happy 55th birthday.  Now, about that rumour that your planning to do anothe rbaseball movie.

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