Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Favorite Baseball Movie?

Over the weekend, I started reorganizing my Netflix queue. Since opening day is just around the corner, I started shifting the baseball films closer to the top. Currently, I am waiting for No Country for Old Men, but after that, it's time for baseball.

So I started thinking. What is my favorite baseball film? Without a doubt it's The Natural. I remembered a discussion with a former co-worker. We were talking about our favorite films, actors and actresses. She said she loved Robert Redford and Glenn Close. So I proceeded to ask, "So you must love The Natural, right?"

"What's that about?" she asked.

Question for Humzoo fans...

What's your favorite baseball (or other sports) movie?


Tags:  baseball, Movies
17 Comments
betsyradish
Oh man... SUCH a tough question.

I would have to say Major League ranks pretty high.
But if I was going to pick a favorite by how many times I've watched a movie, it's definitely The Sandlot.

(Seriously? Who doesn't know about The Natural?!?)
Betsy   Tuesday, March 11, 2008
daveheinzel
I know it's totally cheesy, and I really do like The Natural, but Field of Dreams is my favorite baseball movie for sure. I've been to the location they filmed the movie at in Iowa, and I played a little ball on the field. Super cool place if you're in the Midwest looking for a road trip.
Dave Heinzel   Tuesday, March 11, 2008
betsyradish
Oh good call Dave. I've made the pilgrimage to FOD as well, but I was totally buzz-killed by the rivalry between the two owners of the land.

Made the whole thing not as magical.
Betsy   Tuesday, March 11, 2008
RickMonday
1. The Natural/ Field of Dreams
2. Rocky
3.The Rookie
4. Bull Durham
5. Caddyshack
6.Major League
7. Slapshot
8.Rounders
9.Raging Bull
10.Bad News Bears
RickMonday   Tuesday, March 11, 2008
nikideaton
This reminds me of my sophomore year of high school when my Cross Country running team went to the State Championships in Charlotte. The group of us went to Charlotte with our coaches the night before the big race and they made us go to the theater and watch Rudy for inspiration (it had just come out). I have never liked that movie since then. I mean come on he didn't even get to play a whole half and this is supposed to be inspiration?
niki   Tuesday, March 11, 2008
fritz
Somewhere on your list you have to include "A League of Their Own." Those girls kept baseball alive during WWII.
fritz   Tuesday, March 11, 2008
ozthegreat
I actually watched the Natural last night! Coincidence...I think not! I have to agree with the list of movies mentioned. Rudy is lame. Off the subject of movies, Arliss was a funny tv show about sports.
ozthegreat   Tuesday, March 11, 2008
RickMonday
I loved Arliss!
RickMonday   Tuesday, March 11, 2008
"The Sandlot" ranks way up there. A couple of weeks ago I caught "Rookie of the Year" on TV - a movie I loved as a kid - about a teenager that has a freakish ability to throw wicked fastballs and gets picked up by the Cubs. Despite a strong, surprisingly non-frightening performance from Gary Busey, it didn't really hold up after all these years.
Eric T.   Tuesday, March 11, 2008
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I guess being a chick and b/c I played ball for umteen years (is that word? if it is, it means little league, high school and college)... I'd have to say A League of Their Own.

I'd also include Bad News Bears and Alive... okay, it wasn't a sports movie but it wa about a rugby team, right?
Carrie   Tuesday, March 11, 2008
The best baseball movie BY FAR has to be "Ed". If by some incomprehensible reason you're unfamiliar with this movie, here's the synopsis:

Jack "Deuce" Cooper [Matt LeBlanc] has been recruited to play minor league baseball for the Santa Rosa Rockets. However, he'll need the help of his new roommate, Ed, a chimpanzee and team mascot, when Jack discovers he get stagefright while on the mound. Ed shows Jack how to relax by opening his eyes and heart to the game he loves.

It's a heart warming tale that's chock full of hilarious hijinks! A must-see for any true baseball fan.

Or not.
Mista Betts   Tuesday, March 11, 2008
ozthegreat
Bend It Like Beckham anyone?
ozthegreat   Tuesday, March 11, 2008
k8day
"The Sandlot" and "A League of Their Own" rank way high on my list, but "Bull Durham" has to take the cake!
K8Day   Tuesday, March 11, 2008
billpearch
Eric T. - Yeah, I liked "The Sandlot." Agree with you on "Rookie of the Year." What did the kid's Mom say at the end to help him? "Float it?"

Mista Betts - If you want a classic film along the lines of "Ed," check out "MXP: Most Xtreme Primate."
Bill Pearch   Tuesday, March 11, 2008
billpearch
ozthegreat - I never watched Arli$$. I'll have to see if that's on Netflix.
Bill Pearch   Tuesday, March 11, 2008
ozthegreat
Not sports related, but I finally saw No Country... last night. It was terrific. And Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) is the best villain since Darth Vader.
ozthegreat   Wednesday, March 12, 2008
betsyradish
Rookie of the Year... haha. Loved it when I was younger.

I believe that movie tried really hard to make the phrase "funky butt-lovin" catch on... clearly to no avail.
Betsy   Friday, March 14, 2008
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