Spring Training

In honor of the upcoming hardball season, I’m watching my baseball-themed movies while I work out on the treadmill. Up to bat:

Bull Durham
I never get tired of this one! One of my most quotable movies ever. Plus, minor league ballplayers, including one former player I know, call this the most realistic baseball film.
Starring: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins.
Did you know? Sarandon and Robbins met on set, kindling a long-lasting love for each other—and for political activeness.

Major League
Another highly quotable movie for me. But it’s about this time that I’m thinking, do all my baseball movies have the game simply as framework for a romantic plot?
Starring: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Rene Russo.
Did you know? This is the only installment of the Major League trilogy worth your time. Seriously.

Field of Dreams
Definitely breaking my comedy streak with this one. Oh, the things I’ll do to keep a theme alive.
Starring: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones.
Did you know? Costner’s role was originally offered to Tom Hanks, who turned it down. He must have been too busy working on cinematic gems Turner & Hooch and The ’burbs.

The Natural
I love a movie that gives me goosebumps every time I see it. Also, the score, by Randy Newman, is one of my all-time favorites. Turns out this wasn’t too slow for my workouts.
Starring: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Kim Basinger.
Did you know? My copy of the DVD has a featurette with commentary from Cal Ripken Jr., who strikes me as one of the most stand-up guys in all of baseball. It’s a nice complement to the feature.

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