It’s a known fact: the best movies are baseball movies. Well, baseball movies and musicals. And anything that has Audrey Hepburn in it. Or unstoppable duo of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. But anyway…back to baseball movies. There’s so many reasons that they’re amazing. For one thing, Kevin Costner is in like 98% of them, and that’s never a bad thing. Also there’s almost always some kind of subplot other than actual baseball going on, so it usually isn’t all that hard to get a non sports fan to watch one with you. And, baseball is America’s favorite pastime so you’re being patriotic. Duh.
Since there’s been so much baseball talk on the news in the last few days (man I hope they ban A-Rod….), I thought I’d do a ranking of my favorite baseball movies from single (watch every once in a while) to home run (stop whatever you’re doing ever. single. time. this movie comes on TV).
Plot: The Sandlot is the classic early-90′s kids movie about a rag-tag team of boys who love to play baseball in their neighborhood’s empty lot. Over the course of the summer they get into lots of trouble including playing with and then losing one of the boys stepdad’s ball signed by none other than Babe Ruth.
Memorable quote: “You’re killing me, Smalls!”
Plot: The Natural chronicles the life and times of Roy Hobbs, a baseball player with lots of natural talent. There’s a killer lady with silver bullets too…I wasn’t paying too much attention to the plot because Robert Redford is just SO DAMN GOOD LOOKING! Oh, and he names his bat “Wonderboy”.
Plot: I’ve worked in minor league baseball, so what I love about Bull Durham is that it’s actually what it’s really like. There are “Annies” that pick out a new player every season. There are those townie fans that won’t miss a game no matter what. And, there’s all the weird stuff that they don’t do the in the majors. Bull Durham really does capture what it’s like to be around minor league baseball culture, but they made an awesome movie while they were at it.
Plot: Billy Chapel is an aging baseball player who faces an ultimatum before his last start of the season: retire as a Tiger, the only team he’s ever known, or get traded over the winter. During the course of the game he reflects on his life and his relationship with his girlfriend. It’s a sports movie and a romance all in one!
What’s your favorite baseball movie?!
It’s Friday, so I’m linking up with Sarah for Fan Friday!! Oh, and I’m going to #backdatazzup with some Blurred Lines because I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since Jess’ little dance earlier this week!