one of my guilty pleasures is the abc tv show “nashville.” on last night’s episode, which i just watched tonight on my dvr, gunner encourages scarlet to sign the recording contract which had been creating some tension between them. the speech he gave is right up there, in my book, with some of the best heart-to-hearts and confessions in entertainment.
all thoughts about good men and good speeches must travel through “bull durham,” one of the best baseball movies ever. here’s crash davis tellin’ it like it is (and winning the girl):
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.
that’s how it’s done.
p.s. designated hitters are for pussies. stand up & take a pitch.