Play Ball

I guess it’s opening day for baseball. You’ll recall I don’t love baseball, and I don’t consider it a sport. And it’s not just me. Baseball bills itself as “America’s Pastime”. Your words, Baseball, not mine.

I am a great fan of World Cup and the Olympics, so since I can only muster interest in sports approximately every 2 years, I have to have some way to pass the time while my vuvuzuela is in repose. There is one thing sports-related that I am a connoisseur of, and that is the sports movie. The sports movie is often better than the sport itself. I will even argue that so boring a pastime as baseball has produced the most delicious crop of sports-ish (I’ll go that far) movies.

Best “Sports” Movies from a Pastime

  1. The Natural
  2. The Bad News Bears
  3. A League of their Own
  4. Field of Dreams
  5. A River Runs Through It (if baseball counts, so must fly fishing)
Best Sports Movies
  1. Seabiscuit
  2. Victory
  3. Breaking Away
  4. Remember the Titans and We are Marshall*
  5. Friday Night Lights
  6. Bend it like Beckham (girl power and British!)

*These 2 are conflated in my head. I think they are essentially the same movie.

Best Sports Movies from Sports I don’t care for, but still qualify as Sports
  1. Hoosiers
  2. Rocky
  3. Million Dollar Baby
A Bone for my Husband
  1. Brian’s Song (haven’t seen it)

Decidedly not on the List

  1. The Legend of Bagger Vance**
  2. Caddyshack***
  3. Moneyball (I could tell this was a much better book)
**I don’t have anything against this movie. I remember sort of liking it, but apparently it stirs up great ire from my friend, and fellow blogger John. He went off on a 2 part diatribe about a movie from 12 years ago. Ugly.
*** I was late in seeing this one, and by the time I did, all of the jokes were played. And they still are. Please, in the name of all that’s holy, stop quoting this movie.
Really Can’t Comment on the Following (I either haven’t seen these or they didn’t leave a big impression)
  1. Raging Bull
  2. Chairots of Fire
 No List Would be Complete Without
  1. Blades of Glory
  2. Nacho Libre

5 thoughts on “Play Ball

  1. you have hurt me, Madam. Baseball, not a sport? Nope, not gonna jump off-sides, everyone has the right to an opinion, even one that is really, really bad! 🙂
    You need to see Raging Bull, that movie is crazy good.

    • Again, baseball bills itself as a pastime. Take it up with the commissioner. I did see Raging Bull, and it apparently didn’t leave an impression. I have no memory of it.
      It was pointed out to me that I overlooked The Big Lebowski and Dodgeball. These are my fans.

      • Ah, “The Big Lebowski”…only movie I know of personally where people see it the first time, hate it, and then somehow are forced to watch it a second time and love it forever after. (I was an early adopter and loved it from the start)

  2. George Carlin does a wonderful routine on the difference between baseball and football that is up your alley (In football, you tackle…in baseball, you tag).
    I see that there were no sports-related books on your list. Have you ever read the not-nearly-famous-enough-but-incredibly-funny “The Smell of Astroturf in the Afternoon”?
    Yes, a shameless plug, but a co-author’s gotta do what a co-author’s gotta do.

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