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My life and baseball

June 26, 2013 - Pam Rodgers

For as long as I can remember, baseball has been a big part of my life. My family takes annual trips to the ballpark, and we watch countless games at home. If there is nothing else on in the summer, we can usually find a ballgame on somewhere. It's a nice option.

My love of baseball is not only for the game itself, but also the movies that it has inspired. It’s two of my favorite pastimes rolled into one. How can I refuse?!

My favorite movie of all-time is “A League of their Own.” Growing up playing softball, a few of my teammates and I would have a blast quoting that movie at appropriate times. “I’m so depressed I could eat a cow!” was always popular after a tough loss. I can’t remember a time when my sister and I didn’t have Dottie and Kit’s “Lay off the high ones,” exchange memorized. And, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the famous, “There’s no crying in baseball,” line. It's just a classic movie.

However, “A League of their Own” isn’t the only film that I enjoy that centers around my favorite game. By my count, I’ve seen at least 21 films that use baseball as its main plot line. Of those 21, I have seen two or three about a hundred times.

One of them is “The Sandlot,” a childhood favorite of mine. My brother, sister and I probably wore out the VHS tape because we watched it so much. No matter how many times I’d seen it, I always enjoyed the shenanigans of Smalls, Benny, Ham, Squints, Yeah-Yeah and the rest of the crew. “You’re killing me, Smalls!” is still a popular exclamation in the Rodgers household.

Quoting baseball movies (or any movie for that matter) is a fun thing for me. If I’m going to memorize the line, I might as well use it when appropriate. “Bull Durham” is another quotable baseball movie. Although most of the quotable lines have a bit of adult language in them. But as an example, I usually say, “It’s a miracle,” in “Bull Durham” fashion.

I don’t know if I can respect myself as a baseball fan or an Iowan if I hadn’t seen the two baseball movies set in Iowa. “Field of Dreams” is a classic that everyone should see. "Build it and he will come," is one of the most famous lines ever. The other Iowa based film, “The Final Season” tells an important part of Iowa high school baseball history. It's not as quotable as others, but definitely worth seeing.

The list of baseball movie is seemingly endless (and I’ve only seen a small portion of them). Not all baseball movies are good, but I will at least give them a shot. I couldn’t bring myself to rank them, so alphabetic order will have to suffice. As I gear up for my New York trip to see the Yankees play at home, I will have to remember to pack a few of these movies to help pass the time. Road trip!!

Baseball Movies I’ve Seen:

• “42”

• “61*”

• “Angels in the Outfield (1994)”

• “The Babe (1992)”

• “Bull Durham”

• “Field of Dreams”

• “The Final Season”

• “For the Love of the Game”

• “A League of their Own”

• “Little Big League”

• “Major League I”

• “Major League II”

• “Major League III” (though I hate to admit it)

• “Moneyball”

• “The Natural”

• “Pride of the Yankees”

• “The Rookie”

• “Rookie of the Year”

• “The Sandlot”

• “Summer Catch” (Another forgettable one. What pitcher leaves a no-hitter in the bottom of the 9th inning? Sorry, spoiler alert)

• “Trouble with the Curve”



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