By Open Book
Moneyball is the latest film by director Bennett Miller starring Brad Pitt, written by Aaron Sorkin and opened in theaters September 23, 2011. So far it’s earned 64 million and it’s still going strong. So what is it about baseball that’s so endearing to watch on film but not on television these days? This particular film dealt with the innovation of computer generated analysis to draft players. So without furtehr ado, here is our Top three dramatic baseball films released in the last decade worth checking out.
Yes! We managed to find a baseball film not starring Kevin Costner……… seriously, all kidding aside! A great Costner baseball subgenre begins with Bull Durham, Field of Dreams and For the Love of the Game, all of which we love and take off our invisible baseball cap in respect. However, October is a special time for baseball fans regardless if your team made the playoffs or not. The magic of playoff season has been depicted by filmmakers in a variety of ways, everywhere from the World Series between The Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1903, Tampa Bay Rays, to the Oakland A’s attempt to make it to the World Series in Moneyball currently out in theaters just in time for playoffs. According to Holly Banner in an article Major League Baseball in the Fall: Fans Today, Gone tomorrow… states
“In 2007 and 2008, ratings for both Fox and TBS dropped significantly during the playoffs from past years, including some of the lowest ratings ever for the playoffs on prime-time television.”
She goes on to say……..
“It is clear that people do not wish to continually watch losing teams, so all too quickly they move on. They dismiss one of the most magical times in a baseball season. Yes, many will tune in to a game or two, but that is where the interest quickly ends.”
So in an effort to recapture that fervor in Americas favorite past time let’s look at three dramatic films released in the last decade that reminds audiences. Why we love this game?
Top 3 Dramatic Baseball films: In the Last Decade
- 2011 Moneyball: Rated PG-13- This is a unique story because it’s about the business of baseball and Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane’s attempt to select a winning team on a budget. It does not focus on one individual player like so many films out there. Instead it carefully shows audiences the inner workings of selecting a winning team yet, still manages to be very romantic about Americas favorite past time. If you love a good underdog story this is the best to come out in a long time.
- 2008 Sugar: Rated-R- In 2008 more than 25% of major league baseball players were born in Latin America. At age 19 Miguel Santos “Sugar” from the Dominican Republic signs with Kansas City. This film follows his journey to survive in America and in the major leagues.
- 2002 The Rookie: Rated-G- This film focuses on a thirty-nine year old high school baseball coach who agrees to try-out for the major league if his team wins the championship. Fulfilling his promise he tries out gets signed and soon pitching for the major league in Tampa. This is based on a true story.
What is your favorite baseball film over the last decade?
Please join us for a discussion Thursday 10/27/2011@7pE/12UTC