A few days ago, I set the guidelines for what make my favorite baseball movies. You can find that here.
I mentioned my disdain for Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch. The man cub saw the picture for that awful movie on Netflix and chose it to watch one Saturday afternoon. That’s 93 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. I didn’t bother learning character names, but one of the main characters is a catcher and it was like finger nails on a chalkboard watching her atrocious form behind the plate and ridiculous throwing motion. Then her friend, who stinks, makes the team after a plea to the coach, but never fear, Buddy teaches her how to play baseball in one afternoon! The worst line of the movie comes during the final game, as the announcer says the home team is missing its three best players in the two main girls and the dog. My eyes about rolled out of my head.
Let’s get to the good stuff.
The name of the movie says it all. Anybody who’s into baseball at all knows the significance of the number 42. This movie is a terrific depiction of such an important time in baseball history. It paints enough of a picture to give you a taste of what Jackie Robinson went through to get you to sympathize (Branch Rickey’s words in the movie), but doesn’t take it so far as to make you never want to watch it again.
You’ll come to find out, especially in this list, that I don’t take myself too seriously, so my movie preference goes toward comedies. However, 42 is a spectacular drama that moves fast. At 128 minutes, this one feels like 90 minutes.
Major League (1989)
I’m pretty sure Charlie Sheen wasn’t acting in his role as Rick Vaughn, which makes this movie a blast to watch. However, the real comic genius of this movie is Bob Uecker as Harry Doyle while he lays on the sarcasm and says we’re all thinking when we follow our teams during a down year. (Every year is a down year when you’re a Seattle Mariners fan. Here’s hoping to this year.)
Harry Doyle: In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, the Indians have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar.
I spent last summer with a Rookie League team, and this is how it felt as the team started winning toward the end of the season.
Coming in a No. 3 on the list, there are few movies in life that come in ahead of Major League.