Thursday, June 27, 2013

My all-time baseball movie starting 9

It's summertime so that means, among other things, it's time for baseball.

For me, it also means baseball movies, which tend to be the best kind of sports films. So, in honor of some of my favorite baseball movies, and their fictional characters, here's one man's all-time starting lineup:

Willie Mays Hayes ("Major League") CF - Not sure where Hayes came from, but there's no other choice at the top of this lineup with his blazing speed. Defensively, he's enjoys entertaining the crowd with Willie Mays-style basket catches, but that came to a halt one opening day.

Benjamin Rodriguez ("The Sandlot") 2B - Rodriguez is an all-around talent whose best trait is as a base stealer, especially home plate. A natural leader who's good at taking inexperienced players under his wing. His best friend is a sports writer, which you don't find much in baseball these days.

Kelly Leak ("The Bad News Bears") LF - Every lineup needs its bad boy, but Leak is so good at the plate and in the field, it's easy to ignore Leak's past indiscretions. 

Roy Hobbs ("The Natural") RF - You want power? Mr. Hobbs, ladies and gentlemen. 

Jack Elliott ("Mr. Baseball") 1B - After an attitude adjustment, Elliott is a now a manager's dream. Leak, Hobbs and the mustache-wearing Elliott form a murder's row in the heart of this lineup.

Crash Davis ("Bull Durham") C - Davis handles a pitching staff, especially hot-shot rookies, just fine. It's wise not to shake him off behind the plate. Offensively, he's got some pop as a switch-hitter.

Roger Dorn ("Major League") 3B - At times, Dorn can be preoccupied with life after baseball, but when he puts his mind to it, he's a solid pro.

Tanner Boyle ("The Bad News Bears") SS - He doesn't look like much, but they don't come much tougher than this pitbull-type player at shortstop.

Billy Chapel ("For The Love of The Game") P - Nuke LaLoosh ("Bull Durham") and Rick Vaughn ("Major League") were close calls here, but perfect games don't grow on trees, so Chapel gets the start.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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