Last week was All-Star Week, baseball’s mid-season extravaganza. Pittsburgh fans had a lot to be excited about going into the break. Their Pirates were in a potential post-season position, an effort not realized since 1992. It’s taken them twenty years to outlive the Barry Bonds trade and earn consideration. Perhaps it’s the new stadium; perhaps it’s the Power of Zoltan; or maybe something else.
If there’s one thing I know about Pittsburgh it’s Blasfome. This company proudly represents Steel City, and evidence of this can be seen in every piece they press. Obsessed with the occult they’ve been dressing Yinz with deep-seeded symbolism for years. This month they’ve released their Bohemian Grove Baseball Collection, a combination of the illuminati and America’s past time. It’s an inspiring line. Not only because it sheds light upon the clandestine, but because it proves Pittsburgh still loves the sport. It’s hard not to be romantic about baseball, Blasfome has me reminded of this. Thus, I’m writing this week’s blog about my favorite baseball movies.
With the allusion to Moneyball already in place, let it be known it’s on my list. So are Field of Dreams and A League of Their Own. Timeless pieces which taught me the history of the game. Add to that Sandlot, because it contains an experience like my own. Major League also must be mentioned. That Cleveland Indians team will go down in history as the sport’s most eclectic. Ricky “The Wildthing” Vaughn and Willie Mays Hayes are classic characters, but Pedro Cerrano was my favorite. With lines like “Jesus, I like him very much, but he no help with curveball,” how can you not love the guy? Little Big League, Angels in the Outfield, and Rookie of the Year are all films I plan to wean my younglings on; while Bill Durham is one for the wife.
With all of that said, those films explicitly about the game are not the only ones I consider. The Town contains an incredible heist scene at Fenway, and Good Will Hunting reminisces about a great day in the same park’s history. The Adjustment Bureau creatively unveiled the new Yankee Stadium; Back to the Future II promised the Cubs would win another World Series; and Dazed and Confused showed us Tim Lincecum’s younger years, when he went by Mitch!
Then there are those films I’m looking forward to. Clint Eastwood is releasing Trouble with the Curve in September. Starring himself the film’s about an aging enthusiast who brings his daughter along for a final scouting trip. Then there’s 42, the life story of Jackie Robinson. Furthermore I hope Ben Affleck makes his Yankee’s wife-swap expose. Red Sox fans haven’t had enough revenge yet. To conclude I have high hopes for Million Dollar Arm. The tale of Pittsburgh’s Indian pitchers is intriguing, and with their post-season hopes alive and well, any attention is deserved.
Post Script: Hank Aaron; Braves; call the movie, “The Hammer”! Now all I need is Christopher Nolan’s direct line.