With another baseball season under way, it's time to go to the movies with our bats and gloves.
Here's a look at the top 10 baseball movies in this scribe's opinion.
10- For the Love of the Game (1999)- Kevin Costner is an aging all-star pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, who has one last game in his right arm, facing the New York Yankees. Vin Scully says, "he isn't pitching against the Yankees, he's pitching against time." Through nine innings, Costner traces his life and his relationship with Kelly Preston. Guys, the women in your life, will like this one.
9. Fever Pitch (2005)-This movie was a little over the top. Us, you know, Red Sox fans, are nothing like the Jimmy Fallon character. That's absurd. Of course, as I write this, I have a Red Sox book next to me, a framed copy of the 1967 Impossible Dream album, the 2004 and 2007 seasons DVDs are on the shelves. Oh yeah, I'm listening to the Red Sox on the radio wearing my Red Sox shirt. Yes, the Jimmy Fallon character was way over the top.
8. League of Their Own (1992). Madonna as a difficult player to deal with it? Yes, I can buy that. The movie captured the "All American Girls Baseball League" during their short-lived existence. Genna Davis looked like a real player, something most baseball movies fall short on.
7. Moneyball (2011). I read the book when it came out and never thought it would be a movie, especially with Brad Pitt in the staring role. Billy Beane's ideas on a new way to look at baseball was able to be translated into a solid movie about baseball and running an organization.
6. Major League (1989). I thought the Red Sox should have hired Lou Brown as their manager years ago, but then I realized he has a heart attack in the sequel. Brown did a great job selling tires and managing the hapless Cleveland Indians to the pennant. Boston should have signed Ricky "The Wild Thing" Vaughan as their closer. Vaughan (Charlie Sheen) would spend a lot of time at the MLB headquarters.
5. Field of Dreams (1989). Sure, it's corny, but it is about a corn field made into a baseball field, so it kind of fits. Moonlight Graham is part of the baseball legacy. This movie also gets major points for being filmed in Fenway Park. Kevin Costner played his favorite role, Kevin Costner, but James Earl Jones stole the show.
4. Sandlot (1993). This is my life story as a pre-teen, including having to get the ball away from a big dog. My friends and I could have been the models for the movie.
3. Eight Men Out (1988). Did you know the Chicago White Sox 1919 scandal was hatched in the shadows of Fenway Park by bookies? This movie captures the excitement surrounding the White Sox in that year and then the disappointment of the following season when the Chicago players were kicked out of the game. Shoeless Joe Jackson should never been kicked out.
2. The Natural (1984). These days, Roy Hobbs would have been tested for steroids and been tasty fodder for the tabloids, especially since he played in New York for the Knights. You can tell Robert Redford is a baseball fan with a pretty good swing. How did baseball players ever play in those uniforms?
1. Bull Durham (1988). This movie captures what baseball is like for most of the country with their minor league teams. A bunch of players from the states and other countries move into your town for the summer and grab your heart and soul for nine innings every night. Life in the minors is pretty close this one. It really is about having to give up a dream like Crash Davis does, while having to watch another player start one. In this case, it was Nuke LaLoosh.
Play Ball? Or better yet let's go to the movies.