Saturday, January 31, 2004
Boy, it's quiet.
There's not much going on, unless you're a fly on the wall inside the Ivan Rodgriquez/Detoit Tigers contract negotiation and snooze fest. But I felt compelled to write about something. So, with the recent Oscar nominations, I thought I'd pen a ditty about my favourite baseball movies.
There have been many. I'd be a liar if I said I'd seen them all. In fact, with the possible exception of The Pride of the Yankees, I probably haven't seen a baseball movie that was made before 1975. So I'm showing my semi-youthful age. Whaddaya gonna do about it?
In any case, here is my semi-complete favourite baseball movies list:
1) Bull Durham (1988): Hit the Bull. It makes me laugh, every time. Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon heat up the screen, in more ways than one. I often wonder, did the Bull do his own stunts?
2) The Pride of the Yankees (1942): Gary Cooper gives a great performance as Lou Gehrig, cementing Gehrig's legacy on celluloid. The Babe is fine as Babe Ruth, but he's no John Goodman.
3) A League of Their Own (1992): The only true Madonna performance that doesn't suck. In fact, she's quite good. But then she's probably only playing a younger version of herself. It's not a perfect movie, though. Ask any Cubs' fan. There is crying in baseball.
4) Field of Dreams (1989): I know, this should rate higher. But to me, it's less of a baseball flick than it is a movie about personal fulfillment. On that level, it's a number one.
5) The Bad News Bears (1976): Kind of a Little Rascals meets Rocky. Stay away from the sequels, though. Especially the one at the Astrodome.
6) The Rookie (2002): It's not easy to paint a positive picture of anything to do with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. This is an exception, albeit a small one.
7) The Natural (1984): A little long, but entertaining. Visually, few baseball movies have looked this good. An excellent period piece.
8) Major League (1989): A bit of a "check your brain at the door" experience, but if you can get past the sheer stupidity it's a lot of fun. Great performances from Wesley Snipes, Corbin Bernsen,Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen and Charlie Sheen's glasses.
Okay, I feel better now. How many days until spring training? Twenty-three? Aw, man...