Monday, April 02, 2007

Prepare for Glory

Today is the most important day of the year: Opening Day.

And if you have to ask "Opening day of what?", then you and I clearly don't have much in common.

Of course, I mean it's time to get ready for another season of that most perfect of sports: baseball.

And yes baseball is still the perfect game despite all the problems associated with it: steroids, interleague play and wild card teams.

As Bill Veeck once said, "Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world.
If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off."

Anyway, in honour of opening day, here is my list of top five baseball movies:

And of course, what opening day would be complete without one of the greatest comedy routines of all time.

10 comments:

rondi said...

What about Bang the Drum Slowly, and Pride of the Yankees?

Gerry Nicholls said...

I never saw, Bang the Drum Slowly (too sad) but yes Pride of the Yankees is a great movie -- it would be number six.

rondi said...

Pride of the Yankees is better than everything on your list, as is Bang the Drum Slowly. And I can't believe someone who calls himself a baseball fan hasn't seen Bang the Drum Slowly!

rondi said...

And what about Field of Dreams? And Fear Strikes Out?
Also better than everything on your list! Maybe I should do a baseball movie posting.

Brian said...

Bull Durham! I love Bull Durham!

And talk about great comedy routines, the meeting on the mound:

Larry: Excuse me, but what the hell's going on out here?
Crash Davis: Well, Nuke's scared because his eyelids are jammed and his old man's here. We need a live... is it a live rooster?
[Jose nods]
Crash Davis: . We need a live rooster to take the curse off Jose's glove and nobody seems to know what to get Millie or Jimmy for their wedding present.
[to the players]
Crash Davis: Is that about right?
[the players nod]
Crash Davis: We're dealing with a lot of shit.
Larry: Okay, well, uh... candlesticks always make a nice gift, and uh, maybe you could find out where she's registered and maybe a place-setting or maybe a silverware pattern. Okay, let's get two! Go get 'em.

This ones not bad either:

Skip: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!
Larry: Lollygaggers!
Skip: Lollygaggers.

Gerry Nicholls said...

Something tells me I probably should have thought through my list a little more.

rondi said...

Brian, I like Bull Durham too, if only because it's got some pretty hot sex scenes in it, as I recall...

Brian said...

Brian, I like Bull Durham too, if only because it's got some pretty hot sex scenes in it, as I recall...

Hot sex scenes, fun baseball, bar fights, and Tim Robbins being the stupid guy. What's not to like?

By the way, what's Bang the Drum Slowly? I'm not familiar with that one (and it's been too many years since I've seen Pride of The Yankees for me to comment sensibly on it.)

rondi said...

Brian, Bang the Drum Slowly is a great, sad movie from the early 1970s starring a pre-fame Robert deNiro.

Brian said...

Relax, all right? Don't try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring; besides that, they're fascist. Throw some more ground balls. It's more democratic.

Bull Durham.

More on how we missed this line here