5 Movies Every Baseball Fan Needs to See

5 Movies Every Baseball Fan Needs to See

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Sports and movies seem to go hand-in-hand. Both thrive on drama, and are at their best when their viewers are on the edge of their seats. Thus, it makes sense that sports have been at the center of countless movies. One of the most popular sports featured in movie is baseball. Several movies centered around "America's Pastime" are not only really good, but among the most famous movies of all time. It is because of that fact (and because I'm interning for baseball team around my area) we will be looking at five of the best baseball movies of all time:


5. A League of Their Own

Who would've thought that Tom Hanks, Madonna, and baseball would've worked so well? This fictionalized account of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is a charming and uplifting film elevated by an incredibly game cast. Tom Hanks is especially great, as his famous "There's no crying in baseball!!" line is still quoted to this day.


4. Field of Dreams

Based on the W.P. Kinsella novel Shoeless Joe, this film simply shows a great love for baseball. This was when Kevin Costner was at the height of his power, and he gives a great performance in this movie. The cast also features wonderful performances from the likes of Ray Liotta and James Earl Jones. The filmmakers certainly "built" a great movie, and we find ourselves coming back to it time and time again.


3. Moneyball

Moneyball is based on the incredible story behind the 2002 Oakland Athletics team. Leading up the season, A's General Manager Billy Beane, with the help of Peter Brand, developed a whole new approach to scouting and analyzing talent. Beane and Brand were able to build the team using sabermetrics, which evaluated players based on analytics instead of measurables. It is a story so incredible that are still teams trying to mimic this formula (ignoring the fact that the A's never won a championship with this method). As expected, actors such as Brad Pitt and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman give outstanding performances. However, Jonah Hill absolutely steals the show as Peter Brand, showing that he is much more than just the guy from Superbad.


2. 42

Who do get to play Jackie Robinson, arguably the most historically significant baseball player of all time? None other than the Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman is absolutely incredible as Robinson, as he perfectly captures the pressure Robinson was feeling at the time. The audience can see the pain on Robinson's face in this movie, as he knows retaliation will not only destroy his career, but the career of any black man trying to get into baseball. Boseman's performance makes this film an incredible biopic, and one that appeals to both fans and non-fans of baseball.


1. The Sandlot

Do I really need to say why this movie is awesome?

You all know the best moments. You all love the characters. If I asked you to recite one quote from this movie, you would be able to do it in a heartbeat. The Sandlot has a reputation comparable to films like The Wizard of Oz, where it is seemingly impossible to say anything bad about it.

The legend of this film will surely never die.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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My AP Environmental Science Class' Cookie Mining Experiment Shows Why Capitalism Is Destroying The Planet

Who cares about the environment with profits this high?

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With the AP exams in May approaching quickly, my AP Environmental Science class has wasted no time in jumping right into labs. To demonstrate the damage to the environment done by strip mining, we were instructed to remove the chocolate chips from cookies.

The experiment in itself was rather simple. We profited from fully or partially extracted chips ($8 for a full piece and $4 for a partial) and lost from buying tools, using time and area and incurring fines.

This might seem simplistic, but it showcased the nature of disastrous fossil fuel companies.

We were fined a $1 per minute we spent mining. It cost $4 per tool we bought (either tweezers or paper clips) and 50 cents for every square centimeter of cookie we mined.

Despite the seemingly overbearing charges compared to the sole way to profit, it was actually really easy to profit.

If we found even a partial chocolate chip per minute, that's $3 profit or utilization elsewhere. Tools were an investment that could be made up each with a partial chip, and clearly we were able to find much, much more than just one partial chip per tool.

Perhaps the most disproportionally easiest thing to get around were the fines. We were liable to be fined for habitat destruction, dangerous mining conditions with faulty tools, clutter, mess and noise level. No one in the class got fined for noise level nor faulty tools, but we got hit with habitat destruction and clutter, both of which added up to a mere $6.

We managed to avoid higher fines by deceiving our teacher by pushing together the broken cookie landscapes and swiping away the majority of our mess before being examined for fining purposes. This was amidst all of our cookies being broken into at least three portions.

After finding many, many chips, despite the costs of mining, we profited over $100. We earned a Franklin for destroying our sugary environment.

We weren't even the worst group.

It was kind of funny the situations other groups simulated to their cookies. We were meant to represent strip mining, but one group decided to represent mountaintop removal. Mountaintop removal is where companies go to extract resources from the tops of mountains via explosions to literally blow the tops off. This group did this by literally pulverizing their cookies to bits and pieces with their fists.

They incurred the maximum fine of $45. They didn't profit $100, however.

They profited over $500 dollars.

In the context of our environmental science class, these situations were anywhere from funny to satisfying. In the context of the real world, however, the consequences are devastating our environment.

Without even mentioning the current trajectory we're on approaching a near irreversible global temperature increase even if we took drastic measures this moment, mining and fracking is literally destroying ecosystems.



We think of earthquakes as creating mass amounts of sudden movement and unholy deep trenches as they fracture our crust. With dangerous mining habits, we do this ourselves.

Bigger companies not even related to mining end up destroying the planet and even hundreds of thousands of lives. ExxonMobil, BP? Still thriving in business after serial oil spills over the course of their operation. Purdue Pharma, the company who has misled the medical community for decades about the effects of OxyContin and its potential for abuse, is still running and ruining multitudes more lives every single day.

Did these companies receive fines? Yes.

But their business model is too profitable to make the fines have just about any effect upon their operation.

In our cookie mining simulation, we found that completely obliterating the landscape was much more profitable than being careful and walking on eggshells around the laws. Large, too-big-to-fail companies have held the future of our planet in their greedy paws and have likewise pulverized our environment, soon enough to be unable to return from.

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