There are just 13 days until Opening Day (fewer if you count those games in Japan, but I’m not counting them). In preparation for the big day, I’m having a baseball movie marathon over the next few weeks. Every day from now until Opening Day, I will watch at least one baseball movie (I’ll probably watch two tomorrow and three on Saturday). Last year, I watched them in alphabetical order. This year, I’m watching them in chronological order, based on the year they were released (except for the two I’m getting from Netflix this weekend).
So…without further ado, here’s my lineup:
Tonight – The Natural (1984)
Thursday – Bull Durham (1988) and Major League (1989)
Friday – Field of Dreams (1989)
Saturday – A League of Their Own (1992), 61* (2001) and Eight Men Out (1988) (( the last two are coming from Netflix, which is why they’re out of order))
Sunday – Rookie of the Year (1993)
Monday – Major League 2 (1994)
Tuesday - Major League 3 (1998)
Wednesday – For Love of the Game (1999)
Thursday – Summer Catch (2001)
Friday – The Rookie (2002)
Saturday – The Pitcher & the Pin-Up (2003)
Sunday – Fever Pitch (2005)
Now, I realize some of these only have baseball as a sidebar, but I don’t care. They’re in my collection anyway.
Naturally, "Field of Dreams" is high on my list. It was filmed in my home state, and I just think it’s a beautiful movie. I’m also a ****** for "Fever Pitch" because of Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore. "The Rookie," "The Natural" and "Fever Pitch" get extra points because they have Rangers tie-ins.
There are a few other baseball movies I wish I owned — "The Sandlot" and "Bad News Bears" (the original one). Someday, I’ll add them to my shelves. Are there any others I should see/own?