Most of the conversations between Ray and Annie illustrate two things: the depth of their relationship, and just how completely whacked their common sense of humor is. The following conversation takes place the first night the voice is heard and is delivered in bored and annoyed dead-pan style:
Annie: If you build what, who will come? Ray: It didn't say. Annie: I hate it when that happens. Ray: Yeah, me, too.
The entire sequence where Ray tries increasingly desperate means to get Terrence Mann to see a baseball game with him. Mann snarks his way through the encounter while trying to get Ray out of his apartment and even sprays him with an old-fashioned insecticide pump. When Ray resorts to a Brandishment Bluff, Mann grabs a crowbar.
Mann: I'm going to beat you with a crowbar 'till you leave. Ray: You can't do that! Mann: There are rules here? No, there are no rules here. Ray: You're a pacifist! Mann:(stops, tosses away the crowbar) Shit...
Upon returning to the farm with Terence and Archie, Ray finds that the players have brought friends so they can play an actual game. Joe tells him that the field is already semi-legendary on the other side, and that all the old great ball players wanted to come. To emphasize this, Archie starts pointing and naming several famous ball players of ages past. Then Joe, who has been very reserved and soft-spoken up to this point, delivers a boistrous Take That that any baseball enthusiast would bust a gut laughing over:
Shoeless Joe: Yeah, even Ty Cobb wanted to play... but none of us could stand the son of a bitch while we were alive, SO WE TOLD HIM TO STICK IT!! BAAHAHAHAA!!
Archie living out his dream of stepping up to the plate and winking at the pitcher to psych him out... didn't quite go how he envisioned it. The next two pitches were "high and tight." Translation: aimed at his head.
Archie: Hey Ump, how about a warning? Umpire: Sure. (waits a beat, glancing at the pitcher, but actually continues talking to Archie) Watch out you don't get killed.
Ray convinces Terrence to go to the baseball game with him. As they walk into the stadium, they discuss Terrence's writing, his activism, and his current reclusiveness. Finally Ray asks him:
Ray: So what do you want? Terrence: I want people to stop looking to me for answers; begging me to speak again, write again, be a leader. I want people to start thinking for themselves. And I want my privacy! Beat Ray: No, I mean... (points at the concession stand) What do you want? Terrence: Oh... A dog and a beer.
Mark chews out Ray about the mortgage, unable to see the field or the players and telling Ray in no uncertain terms that he has to accept the bank's deal and get rid of the field, period, and the argument indirectly leads to Moonlight Graham needing to step off the field to save Karin from choking to death. The event opens Mark's eyes:
Mark: Do NOT sell this field, Ray.
When Ray tells Terrence about how when he was fourteen, he refused to play catch with his father anymore and basically destroyed their relationship:
Terrence: Why fourteen? Ray: (hesitantly) That's when I read "The Boat Rocker" by Terrence Mann. Never played catch with him again. Terrence: Oh god. You know that's just the kind of crap people always try to lay on me! It's not my fault you wouldn't play catch with your father!
When Annie has a stand-off with the Moral Guardians who want to ban Terrence Mann's book.