I Love Baseball Movies

cat watching tvThe following is a list of the best baseball movies ever made. This list, though complete, may be considered by some to be incorrect but if that is the case then the person will simply have to make a list of their own. After all, a person’s favorite baseball movie is completely subjective to the person’s personal choice. If fact, you can get your cat on a cat tree for large cats to watch with you! However, I think that all baseball fans would include some of these movies as their own personal favorites.

‘The Bad News Bears’ (1976)

This is a hilarious movie performed by Walter Matthau and Tatum O’Neal. It is a story of a Little League manager and his relationship with the daughter of one of his ex-girlfriends.

‘The Pride of the Yankees’ (1942)

Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth were two of the greatest baseball players who ever lived. This movie chose Gary Cooper to play Lou Gehrig which was a great choice. It is interesting that Babe Ruth plays himself in this movie. Lou Gehrig was a phenomenal player who was forced into retirement because of illness at an early age. His illness later became known as the Lou Gehrig’s disease.

‘Bull Durham’ (1988)

Kevin Costner has appeared in many baseball/sports movies. In this movie he portrays a clever and sexy minor-league player who is trying to find his way back to the big league. This movie was responsible for the start of Kevin Costner’s stardom.

‘Moneyball’ (2011)

Moneyball is a true story about the Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane. Brad Pitt plays the role and he is faced with a very tight budget. He joins forces with an Ivy League graduate named Peter Brand and they try to outsmart the richer ball clubs by challenging old-school traditions. Billy and Peter target players who have been labeled as expendable and flawed but who have a game winning potential. The story was based on the book by Michael Lewis.

’42’ (2013)

This movie portrayed the famous Jackie Robinson who was the first black player to play in the professional big leagues. The movie was excellent because it showed how Jackie Robinson did it. Even though he was taunted and intimidated he never succumbed to the racist hatred from others.

‘A League of Their Own’ (1992)

This final selection of the best baseball movies is quite amusing and stars Tom Hanks. It also includes Rosie O’Donnell, Geena Davis, and Madonna. Tom is a lovable alcoholic who is the manager of a woman’s league during World War II when most of the best baseball players were fighting in Europe and the Pacific.

No matter what you watch, you (and maybe your cat too) will enjoy these movies for years to come.

Three Complexities In Debating The Best Baseball Players Of All Time

13770173730fs7bSports fans are a passionate bunch and sometimes emotion and team loyalty (as well as fond memories) can override logic and rational thought. One debate that sometimes comes up is who the best baseball players of all time are.

In any given season, the best players of the time are usually obvious and agreed upon, perhaps with some controversy over all star snubs. But to debate the greatest ever? That is a very subjective debate, but one that is also complicated due to three particular factors.

The first factor is that there were times in baseball where racial integration had not yet taken place, where minorities in fact played in different leagues entirely. While all kinds of leagues had their stars back then and players of historical note, comparing them almost seems like apples and oranges.

Nostalgia and fondness for childhood memories is another complicating factor. Fans of a particular franchise might look back warmly on players they rooted for in childhood. However, once adults and aware of just how much players actually make, a jaded adult might feel like the players of today are soft and overpaid. That makes such debates tainted by the ages of the debaters.

The third and final factor is any such debate is unfortunately steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. Certain athletes are either suspected or even confirmed of having used them, and even if their personal records get to the top of historical lists, their reputations are circumspect and questionable. Does anyone take their records as seriously better than their predecessors?

Sports fans and writers love debating who the best baseball players of all time are, and similar debates take place in other major league sports as well. Knowing the three complexities in such debates can help you make or break your own personal argument.

How To Keep Up With The St. Louis Cardinals

file641239154965Do you want to learn what you can about the St. Louis Cardinals? Maybe you want to follow them during baseball season, or perhaps you want to know about their history as a team. You can learn more about them by working through these tips.

There are great cable television packages that you can pay for to see specific teams all year around. If you don’t live in the area where St. Louis is the local team, then you may not get their games on local cable. That’s okay, you can get the channels that you know play the games so you can keep up with them as they play during the year. Not only are there channels where you can watch games, you can also find some that teach you about baseball history, so ask your cable provider about that when looking at your options.

Following a team online is easier now than ever. Not only do baseball teams like the Cardinals have their own websites, you can follow the team and its members on social media. Another fun way to follow along with baseball is through collecting baseball cards. They are great because they contain information on them and also can be worth a lot of money if you get lucky. You can even find video games where you can play as the Cardinals, and they contain realistic stats making it similar to watching a real game that you control.

Being able to follow the St. Louis Cardinals during baseball season along with learning about their history can be very interesting. Figuring out more about a team helps you get more out of baseball. It’s enjoyable to follow your favorite team and to learn all you can about the players.

Welcome!

The St. Louis Cardinals are my life. They are the best team in the MLB hands down. Don’t believe me?

Just look at the stats, they tell it all.

So it just makes sense for me to start a blog revolving around the Cardinals and exactly why they are the best time in baseball history. Of course, team members will come and go but the franchise that is built is one of great history and quality management. And it doesn’t take a genius to realize that.

Go ahead and click the follow button so you can join me on this quest to make this the Cardinals biggest fan blog.

– Tony