...and I agree. I actually found it pretty depressing.
"I can make all the stadiums rock."
My endorsement stems from the fact that the fact that UBA, no matter how unsettling or depressing, is also very dense and layered in a creative way that still draws the discriminating reader in (as opposed to some books that strike me as dense-for-density's-sake). The fact that the subject matter was baseball, and not (let's say) Melville and all his damned whales and sailors, certainly helped for form this positive opinion.
In anycase, it's an interesting story presented in an interesting way, and is nothing if not thought-provoking.
I really liked Moneyball, Trouble with the Curve, Ken Burns Baseball Documentary, and 61.... other than the ones that everyone seems to list.
Always a summer tradition to fall asleep to 61 after a huge reds win.
2009 Attendance Record: 3-5 2010 Attendance Record: 2-9
2011 Attendance Record: 3-4 2012 Attendance Record: 3-4
2013 Attendance Record: 5-2 2014 Attendance Record: 3-1
I have always liked the Natural. The MLB Network had a really good interview with Bob Costas and director Barry Levinson that leads into the movie. It's certainly with a rewatch if they put it on this summer. They are showing a lot of baseball movies opposite Sunday night baseball. Definitely watching Reds this Sunday, but it's good choice if they have on another Yankee game (yawn).
It is kind of messed up that currently you can't buy the theatrical version of the movie on dvd only directors cut that reorders the movie.
The Sandlot is probably my favorite. I guess it's because like some of the older folks here, I actually played quite a bit of baseball on a sandlot.
Scenes like having to retrieve a ball from someone's yard (with a fierce dog) or using an autographed baseball in an actual game (sorry Julio Gotay) are totally relatable.
The Natural was too "unnatural" for me. Unlike some of the fantasy films, which were clearly fantasy, I think "The Natural" tried to walk the line of believability and failed miserably with the baseball fan in me.
"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it."
Chip R (06-07-2013)
Just watched An ESPN 30 for 30 film, Catching Hell. Looks at a few famous scapegoat moments in baseball, primarily focusing on the Steve Bartman incident with the Cubs.
Pretty good, it's on Netflix.
I stumbled on this movie,Chasing 3000, a couple of years ago and watched it on one of the movie channels. It wasn't bad at all.
Reds Fan Since 1971
My other favorite movies:
Field of Dreams
42: Jackie Robinson stroy
Rookie of the Year
2014 Attendance 0-3
3/31/14, 4/12/14, 8/14/15
2013 Attendance: 6-0
4/3/13, 4/16/13, 4/17/13, 8/3/13, 8/21/13, 9/7/13
Ken Burns Baseball is great. 10/10
Moneyball was ok, not great but not bad. 5/10
Bad News Bears with Tatum O Neal is great. 7/10
Rookie Of The Year is good. 6/10
42 was ok, not great but not bad 5/10
The Sandlot though is BY FAR the best baseball movie. 10/10
There are no hunting accidents...It's called kharma.
What, no "Angels in the Outfield," or "Mr. 3000?"
I liked "For the Love of the Game," and "Bad News Bears," which my boys have now discovered on mlb network. "Sugar" was a pleasant surprise that was mentioned earlier. A good change of pace movie, was glad I watched it if you can handle subtitles.
Speaking of which, am I remembering that Engelberg put down the middle finger after getting shaken off several times, or was that another baseball movie? Was looking all over google and couldn't find it the other day (classy guy that I am).
Can't win with 'em
Can't win without 'em
It almost begs to add the infamous Don Denkinger call. Yeah it was a bad call, but they got the out back (orta didn't score), and they had a few opportunities to close the game that they blew (will clark not catching an easy foul)....
Pretty good, I'm going to recommend it to my Cubs friends.
The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.
Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but I'm new-thread-averse unless I have a super-original-new-idea-that-nobody-has-ever-had-before... and we already had this idea for a thread, so:
I really, really want everybody here who likes things that are awesome to watch "The Battered Bastards of Baseball." It's on Netflix right now.
It's a new-ish documentary about minor league baseball in Portland that completely blew me away. I thought I knew the basic story of Portland being a great AAA town and a potential TV market for expansion... but it turns out, I had no idea about HOW Portland was rejuvenated after MiLB failed the first time.
I don't want to spoil anything, but the short version is that Kurt Russell's dad brought a Single-A indie team to Portland when Affiliated-AAA left in the 70s, and awesome things happened. Stay tuned to the end, because even if you THINK you know how the story ends, you don't, until the denouement and you find out that the whole movie was merely prelude to Your Favorite Confectionary...
Looks like Todd Field is going to do a narrative film on them too.
". . . acquiring J. Blanton from Oakland for, apparently, Bailey/Cueto, Votto and a lesser prospect. I do it in a second . . . The Reds' equation this year is simple: Make Matt Belisle your #3 starter . . . trade for Blanton, win 85 or more, be in the mix all summer." - Paul Daugherty, Feb. 8, 2008