The GIANTS have the day off and since I spend a part of every day watching baseball, on the days when the GIANTS don’t play I watch another game. Like the A’s. Or, gasp! the Dodgers. Because I have 2 favorite teams. The 1st team is the GIANTS and the other? whatever team the Dodgers are playing. I watched the Dodger game last night, though, because Kershaw was pitching a no-hitter. He came so close to throwing a perfect game, but an error by the Dodgers shortstop ended that bid. He did, however, complete the no-hitter. I like Clayton Kershaw. How can you not like him? He reminds me of Madison Bumgarner. He is a great pitcher. I don’t root for him when he is pitching against the GIANTS, but as a baseball fan, I have to appreciate his talent.
If there isn’t a game on I’ll watch a really great baseball movie. Which leads me to the topic of this post: what is the best baseball movie ever?
I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites, and included iconic quotes from those movies. But, I want to hear from you. What is your favorite baseball movie? Favorite baseball movie quote?
A few of my favorite movies and quotes in no particular order:
Field of Dreams Any discussion about baseball movies has to include Field of Dreams. Why? So many great lines! “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.”
and the one that makes absolutely no sense: “If you build it, he will come.” I know what it means, but why is it such an iconic quote? that’s the part that doesn’t make sense.
and the one that makes me cry, every time, but still my favorite: “hey, Dad? you wanna have a catch?” Here is the clip. Have a tissue handy.
The Sandlot another baseball movie that gives us great quotes and an equally great story. My favorite quote from the movie is definitely “you’re killing me Smalls” because I use that line regularly. I’d be willing to bet there are people who use this line that have no idea where it came from. To those people I have only this to say: “you’re killing me Smalls!” The Sandlot features a visit from the ghost of the Great Bambino himself, and a monstrosity nick-named “The Beast” who collects the sandlot’s baseballs for sport. Head on over to Netflix and check it out now.
A League of Their Own a fictional accounting of the very real All American Girls Professional Baseball League. It’s a wonderful movie and it’s filled with so many great quotes it’s hard to choose. But my all time favorite is: “there’s no crying in baseball”
and just one more: “it’s supposed to be hard…it’s the hard that makes it great”
there are too many more to mention, but my favorite scene–not for the quote, but for the content–is:
Mae Mordabito: What if at a key moment in the game my, my uniform bursts open and, uh, oops!, my bosoms come flying out? That, that might draw a crowd, right?
Doris Murphy: You think there are men in this country who ain’t seen your bosoms?
Bull Durham is a great movie about a veteran minor league catcher and a rookie pitcher. Central to the story is Annie Savoy a baseball “annie” (what ballplayers call their groupies). The greatest quote from that movie is the catcher’s (played by Kevin Costner) list of what he believes in.
There is also a great scene that takes place on the mound. Now, whenever I see players gather on the mound in the middle of a game, I wonder if they are discussing “candlesticks”.
Those are just a few of my favorites. There are too many more to name, but I will end with what I consider to be the absolute best scene from any baseball movie ever:
They don’t make them like that anymore. Make WHAT like that anymore, you ask? baseball players? or movies? You tell me.
Ok, it’s your turn. Who can name all the baseball movies featuring Kevin Costner? What is your favorite baseball movie and favorite baseball movie quote?