The Athletics just shared the above quote from The Sandlot. It’s a good quote except for one problem: they misspelled “heroes.”
However, if the quote was referring to the delicious sandwich, then it’s not a misspelling. But I don’t think Babe Ruth was talking about sandwiches.
Or maybe he was?
The Fan (1996)
In 1996, a movie called “The Fan” was released. It was about a deranged, obsessive baseball fan who went to crazy lengths to try to “help” his favorite ballplayer succeed. Of course, it wasn’t fandom, but an unhealthy obsession that led to stealing, kidnapping and murder.
I was only eight when this movie came out, so I never got a chance to see the movie. It wasn’t until last night I saw it on Crackle and decided to watch it. The plot of the movie in itself isn’t a bad one. There are plenty of crazy fans that go too far for their team or a favorite player sometimes. This story did go a little extreme, but the premise of this movie isn’t something that is out of the ordinary.
But sadly, that’s where the movie fails. As good as the story was, the storytelling was horrible.
So why do I feel compelled to tell my thoughts on a movie that was released 18 years ago?
I just got back from seeing “Million Dollar Arm” and this movie was very entertaining with a good amount of comedic pauses. Of course with Disney sports movies, this is what I expect. They know how to tell an uplifting story, take some moments to make it enjoyable and then teach a lesson.
Let me first say that the representation of India was a little harsher than what it actually is. They made it seem that the people there all are very lower class. That’s not actually true. But of course to portray it so we can empathize and make it very Hollywood, that’s what they had to do.
I knew and read about these two Indian prospects when they actually were signed by the Pirates so I was actually really curious about how their story would be portrayed. I never read the book, but if the book is anything similar to what I just watched, it’s a good one.
I am afraid to look forward to this.
Eye-opening piece right here. After watching the movie, it’s good to know a little background about the “villains” in the film.
I came into the movie theater knowing that I wasn’t going to get a major history lesson of everything that happened during Jackie Robinson’s rookie year. But I knew that with Hollywood, the main message of the story would be told beautifully. That’s what I got when I saw “42” today.
The movie doesn’t detail every single thing that came with Robinson’s signing or Branch Rickey’s struggle to maintain a clubhouse that supported Robinson. But as any good Hollywood movie does, the reality is shown. And the reality was that Robinson’s arrival came with a lot of hate. From hate mail, to racial slurs to death threats, it all was emphasized throughout the film, an important aspect that I think the film captures wonderfully. Especially for a time period that so few of us actually lived through, it’s shocking to see how narrow-minded America was at one point.
I’ll be honest, I shed a tear a few times throughout the film because I think it still hurts to see racism today. Even though it was nothing like it was in the 1940s, the fact that we still struggle to accept people despite differences in our society makes this movie that much more powerful.
Quick synopsis: Gus (Clint Eastwood) is an aging baseball scout that has had a great track record and is on to seek a prospect for the Braves in the upcoming draft. His eyesight is starting to fail him and his colleague, a former scout now team executive (John Goodman) suggests that Gus’ overworked lawyer daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) accompany Gus on this scouting trip. There Mickey hopes to mend a broken relationship with her father while she tries to balance her own problems in life.
So I came into the theater having high expectations for the movie. After all, I love baseball and I enjoy Clint Eastwood. But after watching this movie, I don’t think this was much of a baseball movie. Baseball was the backdrop to a story that featured more of Gus and his daughter Mickey bonding together for the first time in their lives.
But there were some good baseball notions to it. It actually debunked everything “Moneyball” was about — that computers can’t determine a player’s worth. You have to see it, hear and and believe it. And there goes the current state of scouting — which approach works best?
I came upon this video Saturday (and it’s already been getting a buzz for the past few days) and I suggest you all watch and enjoy it. After watching, here’s the story.
Basically, Dan Freiman works with kids in Kenya and realized that the children’s passion for playing sports and making movies could be combined into a project. After thinking up some famous sports moments, they settled on recreating Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
The link has the interview and it was a joy to read. The video itself is amazing.