For diehard fans, March 29 has been circled in the calendar for the last few months and for the uninitiated it means that your spouse or significant other may be may be spending a few late nights taking in the sights and sounds of the MLB Opening Day festivities.
Opening Day is the equivalent of ball one of the First Test at the Gabba and this season should see a few Aussies hopefully make an impact in the toughest baseball league in the world.
To get you in the mood to catch a few games this season we thought now might be a good time to re-live some of the best fictional moments in baseball and warm-up with a few classic one-liners!
Take the Field
There’s nothing better than a documentary that captures the drama and the passion of the Major League and who better to do it than a comedian with absolutely no athletic prowess or baseball ability.
Will Ferrell steps up to the plate for spring training, as he attempts to play for 10 different professional teams in 10 different positions in one day.
The special raised funds for Cancer for College, a non-profit charity started by a former college baseball player whose dreams of playing professionally were cut short by a fight with cancer.
“I brought passion to the field, dedication, ability and a lot of ignorance.”
Moneyball tells the story of Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane and his approach of creating a baseball team on a shoestring budget by using a computer analysis to acquire new players.
The Oakland side would go onto create history by tying the longest winning streak in American baseball with 19 consecutive wins.
” Your goal shouldn’t be to buy players. Your goal should be to buy wins. In order buy wins, you need to buys runs.”
The classic eighties comedy features the likes of Charlie Sheen, Wesley Snipes in the classic tale of a bunch of ragtag losers overcoming all odds. The Cleveland Indians go from a basket-case to champions and win the hearts of fans.
“Just a reminder, fans, comin’ up is our “Die-hard Night” here at the stadium. Free admission to anyone who was actually alive the last time the Indians won a pennant.”
Million Dollar Arm
Based on the true story of a sports agent taking the unconventional approach to baseball recruitment. John Hamm travels to India to get cricket players to try their hand at baseball. A couple of young Indian lads, travel with Hamm as he helps them win a professional Major League contract.
“He wants to stage a reality show of sorts to find the next great baseball player from India. It seems like a good plan, all except the fact that they don’t have baseball in India.”
Tom Selleck is a former New York Yankees superstar who is traded to a baseball team in Japan after he is replaced a rookie player. The has-been star struggles to adjust to life in the Japanese league and finds himself in trouble with his new team-mates before he re-discovers his passion for the game.
“Baseball is grown men getting paid to play a game. When you were a kid, I bet you didn’t pick up a bat and ball because you were dying to work. A player’s career is short enough. Let them enjoy it.”
Field of Dreams
Any list of sports movies must include a Kevin Costner film and Field of Dreams is one of the better efforts in classic sports cinema. Costner plays a farmer who builds a baseball diamond in the middle of a cornfield after being commanded by a mysterious voice.
“If you build it he will come.”
Robert Redford plays a baseball player who appears out of nowhere and is blessed with unrivalled natural talent as he joins a fictional baseball team in New York. Redford is able to turn around the team’s fortunes but upsets their owner who wants the side to lose games and not win.
“You’re better than anyone I ever had. And you’re the best goddamned hitter I ever saw. Suit up.”
The movie follows the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player to join the Major League. Robinson would go onto become one of the greats of the game at a time when America was struggling with its own identity.
“I don’t care if he is yellow, or black or has stripes like a zebra! If Robinson can help us win and everything I have seen says he can, then he is going to play on this ball club!”