Five of the Best Baseball Movies to Watch Before Opening Day
Many refer to baseball as America’s Past Time. Despite the lost games of 2020, fans are still waiting for that first pitch of Opening Day. The movie industry has also taken part in this past time. There have been a plethora of baseball movies produced. Therefore, in honor of opening day approaching, I thought I would throw together a list of great movies about the game. You can watch these movies to get you in the mood for the shortened baseball season. Thus, without further ado, here are five movies to get your adrenaline flowing.
Field of Dreams (1989)
“If you build it, he will come”. One of the most famous lines of any movie let alone a baseball movie. Starring Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer who builds a baseball field in his cornfield. This movie is so iconic that Major League Baseball has decided to build a field on the famed site. They will play the game on August 13, 2020. It will feature the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox. The White Sox will be the home team. Maybe we will see the ghosts of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and others on this night.
The Natural (1984)
This movie stars Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs. Most of us know this movie for the famous scene in which Hobbs hits a home run at the end of the game. That home run hits the lights and you see Hobbs rounding the bases in a shower of sparks. Almost like fireworks. Rather reminds you of the great Kirk Gibson scene in game one of the 1988 World Series. Without the explosion and sparks, of course.
A League of Their Own (1992)
This movie takes place during WWII. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was formed to supplement the game while men were over fighting the war. The movie stars Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and many others. Many who have seen the movie know it for the line “There’s no crying in baseball”.
Bull Durham (1988)
Another movie starring Kevin Costner. Costner plays Crash Davis who is a career minor league catcher. The aging veteran is sent down to the single-A Durham Bulls to be a mentor for a young hotheaded pitcher named Nuke (Tim Robbins).
One of, if not, the greatest baseball movies of all-time. This movie has produced several memorable lines that people continue to repeat. Lines like “You’re Killing Me, Smalls”, “You Play Ball Like A Girl”, and “You Want S’more? S’more what?” The flick features nine boys who play ball every day in a sandlot. They play for the love of the game.
All of these movies will get your feels for baseball flowing again. Opening Day is just 14 days away. Be sure to get in one or more of these movies in the next couple of weeks.
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