It’s that time of year! Major League Baseball – World Series 2009! I’m not necessarily a big fan of baseball, but baseball movies? In October? I love them! In fact (shhhhhh), I’d probably lump a few of them into the “chick flick” category.
I suppose I shouldn’t speak for all women when I say we love baseball movies, but since I recently mused on some of my film viewing habits, I’ll step up to bat and take a swing at why the feminine persona loves this genre.
First base, second base, third base…
What’s not to adore about cute, hot, and cute hotties? Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, Dennis Quaid, Robert Redford – just a few of the good looking men we get to gaze upon in movement when we watch these films.
And guys – women do enjoy watching you move. Mmm, yes.
That’s the frosting. Here’s the cake:
- Pursuing our dreams, even against the odds
- Romantic love that endures
- Family support, even through tough times
Thinking back on my personal world series of baseball movies, each has an underdog theme and the pursuit of an impossible dream. There’s also a romantic twist (that turns out happily), as well as family rallying around their loved one.
Among my favorite baseball films:
- Field of Dreams
- Bull Durham
- A League of Their Own
- The Natural
- For the Love of the Game
- The Rookie
I know there are more, but you get the drift. They’re like old friends, and I’ll watch them again and again.
What “strikes” me
About a week ago, I sat in front of a procession of classic baseball films on AMC TV. I couldn’t help but notice the devoted wife and kids as portrayed in The Rookie (based on a true story), and the wife in Field of Dreams. I also think back to the characters played by Glenn Close (The Natural) and Kelly Preston (For the Love of the Game).
I’m a sucker for these depictions of relationships that withstand time and human failings. They exemplify forgiveness and the strength that those who love each other can provide.
My favorites, your favorites?
As for Bull Durham, let’s just say that’s a classic film – irreverent, funny, charming, and filled with life lessons and eccentric characters you can’t resist. I also hold a special soft spot for The Rookie, because it is based on a true character.
For those with dreams as yet unfulfilled (and sentimental souls), these movies are perfect fare. And your favorites?
- Do men go for these same baseball movies?
- Or more the Major League sort?
And speaking of Major League Baseball
- So who’s going to take the 2009 World Series?
- I’m a Red Sox fan from way back, but…
- Congrats Yankees!
- (Go Philadelphia Phillies!)
- MLB World Series 2009 Schedule