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Cliche`s Are Our Friends



You want to throw out the clichés` right now. You want the whole Tampa Bay Rays roster to suddenly throw out the usual emotional and symbolic cloaking devices of baseball World that hide the true emotions churning within their own bodies and souls as they approach a moment that could be transfixed in their minds forever.

You want them to throw out the vocals of cinematic baseball poster child Crash Davis as he instructs Durham Bull top prospect Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh in the classic baseball movie “Bull Durham” to “Learn your cliché’s. Study them. Know them. They-re your friends”.

We gotta play ’em one day at a time“.

Epic cliché’. One small sentence that transcends the true emotions and activities going on in the entire Tampa Bay Rays squad’s mind at lightning fast speed just as the National Anthem ends, and they assemble one last time before the squad gets ready to play one of the most important games of 2010. How the ALDS scenario has dissolved into a “Win or be Gone” moment mixed with a “Must Win” ultimatum for these Rays that will either see their playoff door open wider, or slammed shut by the Texas Rangers.

This last game team mentality can not bubble to the surface and be seen by the Rays faithful. That is where the cliché` plays it biggest role to hide the ever flowing emotional tide of this Rays team and shadow it from the sunlight. It odes no good for the Rays roster to show an ounce of this fear and anxiety. They have to stay nestled within the bosom of the cliché’ warmth where it is safe and free from commitment and the many faces of defeat.

The cliché` will now harbor that increasing emotional crush that pulls at their minds and hearts. It will magically fill their mouths with solid vocal pronunciations of inspiration and determination, and not the internal stammering realization of doubt constantly swirling within their minds.


I’m just happy to be here and hope I can help the ball club“.

As this cliché` rambles off their tongues, the need for offensive and pitching severities eludes their mind. They are focused on the best scenarios, the most prolific results, the ultimate prize still within their gaze and grasp. At no time can there be an outburst of doubt, signal of nervousness, or visuals of incompetence within their mannerisms or routines. Has to materialize as “just another day for the Rays” as they collectively get ready for the fight of their playoff lives.

A win gives the feisty crew another day in the Texas Sun to trample and set back their opposition. While a loss provides an emotionless and sullen charter flight home, and a unexpected adventures of the beginning of the Major League Baseball off season for players and staff. 22 teams currently envy the Rays place in the Sun, and would have lusted to be in their shoes for just a moment in 2010.

But these 22 other Major League Baseball squads have already done their season ending volleys of goodbyes and hurried packing of their personal baseball gear and been sent home without the glory of the post season. These Rays are fighting for the chance to again provide their region with a reason to thrust out their chests and boast.

To be a beacon of hope and playoff miracles instead of possibly being the first fatality of the 2010 post season. Down 0-2 is a formidable hole to fight your way out of, but it is a task that has been completed before, and with this glimmer of hope and positive affirmation, this Rays team trudges onward.

I just wanta give it my best shot and, Good Lord willing, things’ll work out.”

There hidden within that cliche` is a bit of a sullen ruse for the Rays. This team have not shown their usual assertiveness or acceleration, they have sputtered in all aspects of the game and not shown the promise their fans have come to treasure in them. In reality, this Rays squad has not given the playoffs their best shots yet…..But there time also draws to a close to provide those aggressive moments. For some odd reason this Rays team has shown more of their past than their present in the post season.

Providing lackluster muses and uninspired scenes straight from a pre-2007 Rays hitting and pitching fortunes to find themselves in this dire situation by not following their own proven guidelines that got them here. Somehow the Rays wanders from the path that got them here in the first place. Squandered opportunities and situations and provided zero reason for joy or confidence . They somehow strayed into the deep woods losing their own personas and momentarily forgot their way, or the path of their earlier successes. They had began to read the passages and posts about their prowess, but lost their Lion’s heart in the process.

But that is the unhampered beauty of a cliché`, it can be the end-all to get-all phrasing to evoke change or disguise failure. It can hide the Alpha and the Omega within its vowels and consonants. The cliché` can be your best motivational tool if used with the right intentions. It can harbor or even eliminate the fatal flaws of human speech and throw out nuances and characteristics that are not present in the mannerisms and patterns of the usual preoperational sequence of things.


It can create a imaginary illusion and hide the mentality and symbolic gestures of the moment. It provides shade for the nerves and trembling within with tried and true cliché` manufactured for just this type of occasion. The way you use the art of the cliché` can speak volumes as to your understanding of basic Sun Tzu militant strategies and word formulations.

The cliché` can be the stealth weapon of mass propaganda to settle the outsider’s own anxiety and self-perceived notions. The cliché` can provide a deadly accuracy or a mindless banter, the key is in the voice of the orator.

Cliché’s have been called the imaginary “best friend” of the gambler, the thief and the athlete. It can be used to provide a ruse, or fake imagery that will be transmitted to those outside the circle of truth and provide misinformation or a strategic point to gain alliance with an ally. They can provides a shield or force field against the true intentions and apparitions of the insanity of the precise moment. The cliché` can turn as lion into a lamb with just the simple act of speaking.

No matter what happens to the Rays today, be sure to seek out and listen for the pearls and gems of the cliché` today as either teams speaks before, during or after the contest. Cliché`s are our friends. They are the closest allies we can have at a time of deception and cunning, and they can be the protectors of the true emotions flowing within by bartering time for us as we collect ourselves for the journey. Or that also sound a bit cliché`?

Could a Bull Durham Sequel be in Trouble?

After public announcements by movie stars Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon that they are formally separated as a couple after first falling in love during the filming of “Bull Durham“, you have to wonder if this shocking event might be a potential dagger in Director Ron Shelton’s heart to ruin the 2010 planned production of another “Bull Durham” film. Most people might remember that during the late 1980’s, the Hollywood power couple first began to stoke their own romantic fires as a pair during the film’s production in North Carolina. 

With their recent separation, you have to wonder if it will have any lasting effects on Producer Thom Mount’s already finished script,or Shelton’s unreleased production schedule. As recent as 2008, there have been loud whispers and anticipated rumors flying around the Durham, North Carolina foothills that Shelton and Mount were secretly beginning subtle arrangements to bring back the baseball cult film’s three main characters to a new setting at a new and improved Durham Athletic Park (DAP) for filming during the upcoming 2010 season.
But could the couple’s recent news throw  a monkey wrench into the film’s excitement level, or could it just add an air of spice to the entire adventure? There has been wild spread speculation that the film will reunite the trio with  slight references to the first films love triangle getting back together again, but with some added twists and turns. But one solid idea being tossed around is for Kevin Costner to revive his Crash Davis persona, but this time he will be patrolling only the Bull’s dugout as their Triple-A Manager.  

It has been rumored that the original conceptual theme could possibly put the 1988 film’s original love triangle firmly on its ear as Major League pitcher Ebby Calvin (Nuke) LaLoosh and baseball savant  Anne Savoy will be reintroduced in the new film as a married couple and current owners of the Triple-A Bulls squad being managed by Davis.  With their current announcement, maybe the film needs to be tweaked a bit to make us believe it from the get-go.

My own personal twist that can be added to the script after the separation news is that LaLoosh would eventually see his own  Major League baseball greatness at a distance having both success and failure quickly and dramatically crash and burning before Anne and Davis find LaLoosh passed out in the middle of his posh hotel room in a drunken stupor and carry him back to Durham to teach him a knuckleball to  hopefully resurrect his rollercoaster career and give him one last shot at glory in the Major Leagues.

But with the recent developments in the long time relationship between Sarandon and Robbins, you have to think that maybe Mount is sequestered somewhere within the Durham triangle in a dark trying to find a believable scenario where we will again fall in love with these three characters. That was one of the underlying high points of the original film seeing that love affair bloom under the Bull sign in the old Durham Athletic Park before the new and improved stadium and the advent of the Blue Monster.

And I know Hollywood actors and actresses can create on-screen magic at the drop of a baseball cap, but could the couple create that same believable wildfire of passionate chemistry that we saw smoldering well beyond the surface in the original 1988 scenes. Or could their real life candle finally flaming out bring some predestined thoughts to the filmgoer’s minds even before the film begins to roll in theaters?

And this is a serious question in my mind because we have to believe that Anne and Nuke still have that fire within them, or that there is some path to show a rebirth of the romantic pathos burning bright again, or the film could just go right down the tube. Could the recent announcement actually be a nicely planned public relations (genius) move with the film beginning its production. That would draw instant interest in the film, and maybe be a highly pinioned subject in the blogging community  to try to dig deep within Shelton’s and Mount’s mind for answers and peak the excitement even before production.
And a possible third storyline that springs quickly into my conspiracy-themed mind of a possible Anne and Crash finally finding their sense of real relationship explosion or closure climaxing with a Bull’s Triple-A Championship(Bulls won the 2009 Triple-A Championship)  bringing them together, and a possible career chance thrust upon Davis to finally manage in the big leagues would be a perfect movie kicker.

You can bet there are all sorts of brainstorming sessions going on right now between Shelton and Mounts to find a suitable storyline that will be believable to you and me on the screen. Hollywood has always been a fickle when it comes to sequels of classic sports films. And when you take one of the All Time favorite baseball films and try to resurrect it again on-screen, it has to be near perfect or it will just quickly flutter into DVD only distribution like “Major League 3“. 

And I do not know about you and your views on this film, but I do not want that fate for a film I consider in my personal All Time Top 5 to go out like that. When “Bull Durham” first came out in my local theater I rushed to see it because I wanted to renew my long-lost love for the game. I seriously still watch this film about once every few months just for the pure joy of watching these three characters development during the film. There is a feeling to me watching the film that all three actors were having the time of their lives doing the film.

If they do renew the film series, I want to feel that same level of baseball love and the same comedic level of the current classic lines from the film that have become bar pick-up lines and  are forever interwoven into the fabric of baseball. When you remake a film, or even continue on its journey, you have to feel the love and get transfixed back into the realm of the film. If you can not  reconnect the audience and transform us like in the original Ron Shelton, then maybe we should just leave the film in its current brilliance and let it shine bright without a second glance into this awesome world of baseball.


Kevin Costner plans ‘Bull Durham’ sequel


Reprint from article in St. Petersburg Times  by Josh Gillin.



Kevin Costner plans ‘Bull Durham’ sequel


Tbdkevincostner100708 We now know the secret why Kevin Costner has been writing so many baseball songs — he’s resurrecting his beloved Crash Davis for an upcoming sequel to Bull Durham, the New York Post’s Page Six says. Say it ain’t so, Kev!

A source tells the tabloid that Costner just met with director Ron Shelton in L.A. to discuss going to the well again. Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon are supposed to return, as well, but it seems Nuke and Annie were the ones who lived happily ever after, and bought a Major League baseball team that Crash manages.

Throw on top of that steaming pile the idea of Kristen Kerr as one of the cantankerous catcher’s love interests and you will see every baseball fan on the planet simultaneous vomit onto the bleacher bench in front of them. Since the Rays have a working relationship with the Bulls, can’t they do anything about this? This is the worst idea since the designated hitter — remember, Kevin, you’re better off being a Sixty Minute Man.