Baseball

A League of Their Own

March 20, 2014

Tom Hanks and baseball — they go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Aside from always wanting to be an astronaut, Hanks has always been a great baseball fan and eagerly jumped at the chance to be in Penny Marshall’s 1992 film about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The film is a crowd pleaser and drew in the crowds when it was released, which was great because it shined a light on an aspect of sports history that had sadly been largely forgotten. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we finish our Tom Hanks series with a dip back into our spring Baseball series of past years.

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The Sandlot

March 1, 2013

There’s something about memories of childhood and baseball that seem to go hand in hand. Perhaps it’s the tradition of baseball — it feels as tied into good ol’ Americana as much as fireworks on the Fourth of July or hot apple pie, things that can certainly define childhood memories. Perhaps it’s just that it was one of those things you did as a kid that helped shape who you would become. Regardless, David Mickey Evans tapped into this connection for 1993’s The Sandlot, his directorial debut, and ended up creating a cult favorite that will stand the test of time because of it. This week, join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we wrap up our current baseball series with this fantastic movie that tells a simple childhood baseball story yet seduces the audience into reconnecting with their own childhood.

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Moneyball

February 22, 2013

It’s spring training season again, and we’re back to discuss more baseball movies! In 2011, Bennett Miller directed Moneyball, a fascinating film — one of our favorites — that details the 2002 season of the Oakland A’s, and particularly how General Manager Billy Beane decided to use a new statistical approach nicknamed moneyball to buy players, bucking all tradition within the game. The film was a critical and commercial success, and received numerous awards and nominations including 6 Oscar nominations. This week, join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we begin this year’s baseball series with this amazing film.

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Field of Dreams

May 11, 2012

It’s the end of our baseball series, movie fans, and what a better way to end it than by talking about Phil Alden Robinson’s fantastic fantasy film from 1989, “Field of Dreams.”

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Bull Durham

May 4, 2012

It’s time for more 80s baseball movies, ladies and gentlemen! This week, we’re talking about Bull Durham, Ron Shelton’s 1988 tribute to the minor leagues. If there ever was a film to compare religion to baseball to sex, this would be that film.

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Major League

April 27, 2012

We’re pulling a switcheroo and flipflopping that with 1989’s baseball comedy classic, “Major League.”  Sure, it’s a bit dated, but man, it’s still a fun and funny film.

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The Natural

April 20, 2012

Baseball. Just like apple pie, it’s an intrinsic part of America. Movies about baseball, on the other hand, didn’t really become popular forms of entertainment until 1984’s “The Natural”, which is what we’re talking about this week.

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