Theres 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?