Last night I re-watched part of 61* and remembered why I enjoy the movie so much.  I saw it with my brother, and we started talking about the home run record, and who’s broken it since Maris.  We agreed that Maris is the last true record-holder, since he was the last one to break the record without “juicing.”

McGwire, Sosa, and Bonds all tested positive for steroid use (as if that was really a surprise, yes, I’m looking at you McGwire).  Yes, they broke the record, but we will never know if they were able to do it without the help of a foreign substance.  Maris broke Ruth’s record when it seemed that most people–including some of his teammates–were rooting against him, since they wanted Mantle, the “true” Yankee to win instead.

Maris, unlike Mantle or Ruth or DiMaggio, wasn’t a flashy player or a voluble interviewee.  He considered baseball his job, and he was glad to be able to play.  He is the last real home run king.

I’ve decided which team I’m going to support in the up-coming baseball division playoffs and World Series: the Philadelphia Phillies.  Hey, good things come from Philadelphia!

Not only are the Phillies in my favored league, they have the best record of all the teams.  That’s right, folks, they’re better than the Yankees.  Okay, so in my opinion all teams are better than the Yankees, but that’s not the issue here.

It looks like the Phillies have the potential, and the record, to go all the way to the Series.  If they do, they will also get home field advantage first, thanks to the National League winning the All Star game.

You might be wondering what baseball has to do with movie reviews and the like.  That’s simple.  Around here fans pretty much have to watch major league baseball on TV, so it should count.  Besides, it’s the World Series!

Did I mention that I like baseball?

Plowing that corn under

I finally got to watch Field of Dreams.  I can definitely understand why people enjoy the movie.  I found Ray Liotta to be particularly good as Shoeless Joe Jackson.  James Earl Jones was excellent, but then he always is.  He’s James Earl Jones, after all.

However, as baseball movies go, I found it a lacking in heart when compared with something like 61* or even A League of Their Own.  It was a sweet story, but rather predictable.  And there wasn’t enough baseball for my taste!  That was one of my main problems with the movie For Love of the Game.  It was too much about angst and Kevin Costner doing slow-mo movements.  That’s about all I remember from that movie.  But I’m digressing again.

Field of Dreams is, as many have described it, a feel-good movie.  It shows how baseball can bring people together, even after death.  But it wasn’t as amazing as I expected.  It was a pleasant movie that was just as much about faith in the impossible as it was about baseball.  Which is fine, of course.  Faith is an amazing thing.  And although the story seemed contrived, it still managed to convey how people can be captured by the iconic status of their sports heroes.

Take me out to the ballgame!

I’m excited! I got a copy of Field of Dreams through ILL today.  Yay!  Now to watch it…

As American as apple pie

I recently watched the movie Little Big League, I played softball with my family on Memorial Day, and I started reading Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero.  To me, there is no sport that quite epitomizes summer like baseball (or softball).  It’s a wonderful sport.

It also made me want to watch 61* again.  That is probably one of the best baseball movies I’ve seen.  I also really like, for comedic relief, the Major League movies are funny.

Here’s my question:  what are some of your favorite baseball movies?  I love baseball and most baseball movies (although I did strongly dislike For Love of the Game) and would like some recommendations!