The Current-Argus Pick Six: Baseball movies – Carlsbad Current-Argus
Baseball season is over and the Kansas City Royals are champions, but that does not mean you can’t enjoy America’s pastime.
Here are some baseball movie suggestions from the Current-Argus to get you out of the “pickle” that is the offseason.
The Sandlot (1993)
Every World Series player starts out playing baseball in his backyard with his friends. So what better movie to watch following the World Series than The Sandlot?
This childhood staple follows a quirky group of friends and their adventures centering around the sandlot they play baseball at.
Itâs a great pick any time of year â whether youâre looking for a movie to watch with your kids, or youâre just feeling nostalgic and want to watch a movie from your childhood.
– Katie England
While reflecting on this post, I realized Iâve only actually seen two baseball movies: âThe Sandlotâ and âHardball.â
I donât like baseball, I think itâs a rubbish sport, so my pick is strictly from a cinematic point of view.
âThe Sandlotâ provides a nostalgic look at childhood in the 60s, around when my parents were growing up, which I appreciate. It also represents the things that all American childhoods share, even today.
âHardballâ features a drunk Keanu Reeves teaching a group of underprivileged, inner-city youth the sport while they are slowly picked off by street violence.
I choose âThe Sandlot,â donât you?
– Maddy Hayden
Major League (1989)
For me this is baseball 101. So many one-liners that I personally use when playing softball, watching baseball or just on the fly (most of them fitting for a rated-R movie). The story of is simple and fun – the owner ofÂ the underachieving Cleveland Indians has assembled a band of misfits to try to finish dead last and sell the team so she can relocate. It results in a great cast of characters from the crafty veteran, the primadonna shortstop, the speedy amateur, the crusty coach and the “wild thing” convict pitcher. Throw in real-life announcer Rob Uecker and you’ll see why this movie is “just a bit outside.”
– Aaron Bracamontes
Angles in the Outfield (1994)
My pick for favorite movie is Angels in the Outfield. I enjoy the storyline of the film, even though it may be sad at times, I find it uplifting and a story everyone can enjoy watching. I mean who hasnât at one time or another prayed for the team to win? And of course, I always appreciate a film with Christopher Lloyd.
– Sarah Matott
For Love of the Game (1999)
Kevin Costner loves his baseball movies huh? In this one he is an aging pitcher, think Nolan Ryan, on the cusps of one of baseball’s rarities – a perfect game. Meanwhile, in his head he is reliving his love life and contemplating retirement. Miles away from an airport, his ex-girlfriend can either get on a plane or finish watching the game. If you love baseball, the drama of a pitchers dream will hook you. If you hate it like Maddy, the love story should suffice. Personally, this movie reminds me of Nolan Ryan at the end and there is no better villain than the New York Yankees.
Field of Dreams (1989)
Three reasons I enjoy this movie; Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones and Ray Liotta. And, who doesn’t want to plow down their corn field to build a baseball diamond. Throw in the phase “If you build it, he will come,” and this makes this the best baseball film of all time.
– Jessica OnsurezÂ
A League of Their Own (1992)
The story is about women proving that not everything belong’s to a man’s world, asÂ America’sÂ athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league is created. Tom Hanks and Geena Davis work extremely well together and it is always a great film to sit and watch with your friends.
– Sarah Matott