Today's joke is a two-parter from Hillbilly Hector!
There's no escaping baseball in Northeast Ohio! The All Star Weekend events have been in full swing (pun intended) in Cleveland all weekend long & tonight is the big pay off with the actual all star game. In addition, the Akron Rubber Ducks are kicking off a home series against the Bowie Baysox Thursday through Sunday. Thursday night's game will feature the make up WONE listener selected space themed fireworks from the May 4th rain out and then Saturday is WONE night at Canal Park. It will be all thing Major League with Ricky Vaughn bobbleheads and MORE WONE listener selected baseball themed fireworks!
All of this got me to thinking about what a great movie Major League was, and how it has stood the test of time. Perhaps we are a little bias here in NEO, but I highly doubt it. So, what my top 5 greatest baseball movies of all time?
1- Major League - There are so many quotable lines that we all use on a regular basis.
2- A League Of Their Own - If it were about the Cleveland Peaches this movie would be #1. I probably quote this movie even more than Major League.
3 - Field Of Dreams - Seriously, if you don't shed a tear during the game of catch, you have no soul.
4- Bull Durham - The scene on the pitcher's mound... “Well, Nuke’s scared because his eyelids are jammed and his old man’s here. We need a live roo– is it a live rooster? 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. Is that about right? ….” –Crash Davis
5- Pride Of The Yankees - I know, we hate the Yankees, but Lou Gehrig? Come on!! You know the "Luckiest Man on the face of the earth" farewell is coming, but it gets you every time.
6 - I know, I said 5, but The Stratton Story gets an honorable mention. Jimmy Stewart as Monty Stratton is fantastic. The smile on his face at the end of the movie when he... well, I don't want to spoil it.
Full disclosure - I have never seen The Sand Lot all the way through.... oh! I forgot about The Bad News Bears!!! There are probably a hundred movies I've forgotten about! What are your top 5 greatest baseball movies?
Yesterday afternoon we FINALLY got to see Dear Evan Hansen at Playhouse Square. It. Was. AMAZING.
I will even go so far as to say it has taken the top spot on my favorite stage productions. What a powerful story. I don't want to give too much away and spoil it for anyone, but I do want to talk about how modern this was. It dealt with teens, parents, social media, suicide, loneliness, anxiety, outcasts, and everything we, as families are going through on a daily basis. My husband and I took all three of our kids, our soon to be 16 and 14 years olds and our newly turned 12 year old. To share a story as dynamic as Dear Evan Hansen with our children added to how powerful the message of the musical was. The relationship between Evan and his mother mimics that of my son & I. The Murphy's family dynamics struck true to us as well. The distance with each other we have at times, the denial, the going through the motions of it all, and even the cruelness siblings can sometimes inflict on each other. Evan's mom is a single, working mom just trying her best to keep it all in tact. She wants to do the best she can for her son, get him the help he needs to boost his confidence and deal with his anxiety. The Murphy's are so busy living in their own realities (and denying them as well). Mrs. Murphy is the optimistic, trying to hold the pieces of her family together mom. She knows there are problems, but she's trying. Mr. Murphy has stopped trying. It's time for tough love, which turns to shutting it all out. Their son Connor has lost his way, and their daughter Zoe wants nothing to do with him. As a parent I can relate to it all.
Talking to my kids after the performance added another layer to it. They were watching the musical from the teens' perspective. They related to the stupid "mom pep talks" that they just don't want to hear. The cancelled plans because mom has to work tonight. The sibling acting like a jerk to them, the pressure to fit in at school and make friends. The constant worry about what is going to be shared about them on social media.
I was crying a steady stream of tears as voices filled the room during "You Will Be Found" as my husband was trying to not break down sobbing. I looked down the row as the lights came at intermission and my son was trying to collect himself at the end of the aisle. By the end of the second half, as Evan's mom held him on the couch, I was a hot, eyeliner running down my face mess. All three of my kids got it. We got it. This is real life.
We had to drop my son off at Boy Scout Camp after the musical. He hasn't hugged me that hard in a long time.