Both Kasey and I totally dropped the ball last week and…whoops. I mean, we’re like the opposite of this chick:
That’s the dream, right there.
Anyway! We’re only a week late, the Giants are being giant teases about juuuuuust barely staying the race, and I’m maybe a little more excited than I should be about Tim Hudson facing Barry Zito this weekend.
But seriously. How cool is this?
So this month we’re talking favorite baseball movies and books!
For movies, I have two favorites and I ABSOLUTELY REFUSE TO PICK JUST ONE.
First, The Sandlot.
I can recite practically every line from this movie and I’m still laughing at it almost the whole way through. How many movies can you say that about? (Well, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Christmas Vacation, but besides those.) Besides the humor, this movie just perfectly captures childhood/early adolescence in the early 60s that I didn’t even experience, but thanks to Benny, Smalls, Ham, Squints, and all the rest, still feel nostalgic for. From Smalls’ mom telling him to “get in the trouble!” to learning how to make s’mores in the treehouse to Wendy Pefferkorn to the night game to busting the guts out of the ball to all their schemes to get the Babe Ruth ball back. It’s so idyllic and perfect and what childhood should be, you know?
Then there’s Field of Dreams.
The reason I can’t pick between these two is because watching them are two entirely different experiences. With The Sandlot, I’m chuckling and laughing through most of it (and cheering on Benny as he pickles The Beast). But Field of Dreams is one of maybe six movies/TV shows that make me cry (at least half of them are about sports. WHAT). My eyes start watering once Ray, Terence Mann, and Moonlight Graham get back to the farm just because I know what’s coming. They start to leak during the “People will come” speech and by the time we get to “Wanna have a catch?” I’m completely gone — curled up in a ball on the couch, hugging a pillow, sniffling pathetically. Like, I’m tearing up right now just writing this. It’s bad. But also amazing.
Oh, and as far as baseball books go? I’m biased, but I happen to love Band of MiSFits and Giant Splash, both by Andy Baggarly, Giants beat writer for…going on 10 years now? I think? I’ll just say, obviously I only read his stuff because I’m a Giants fan, but if the writing wasn’t great, I wouldn’t spend as much, or any, time reading his blogs after each game.
The one I would recommend to absolutely everyone, though, is The Art of Fielding. It’s about so much more than baseball, but the sport anchors a lot of the plot and it’s just. so. good.
What are your favorite baseball movies and books? I love recommendations…
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