Inside Move: ‘Bull’ thrown a curve ball

Tribute strikes out with Baseball Hall of Fame official

An April 26-27 appearance by stars Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon at a 15th-anni tribute to “Bull Durham” was abruptly canceled last week due to the couple’s anti-war views.

Dale Petroskey, a former assistant press secretary to Ronald Reagan and head of baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., where the tribute was to be held, told the couple he finds danger in their politics.

“We believe your very public criticism of President Bush at this important — and sensitive — time in our nation’s history helps undermine the U.S. position, which ultimately could put our troops in even more danger,” Petroskey wrote in a letter to the pair.

Robbins wrote back to say, among other things, that he did not realize baseball was “a Republican sport.”

“Durham” helmer Ron Shelton remains puzzled by the “paranoia and narrowness of vision here.” Shelton notes that star Kevin Costner (a former Republican who has also supported Bill Clinton and Al Gore) did not receive such a letter.

The principals involved in “Bull Durham” have stayed friends “despite our different political views,” Shelton adds. “We were looking forward to a weekend without politics.”

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