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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9 Reasons You're Still In Love With Tim Riggins In 2019

Clear eyes. Full hearts.

If you're a Friday Night Lights fan, you know very well who Tim Riggins is. And if you've never seen the show, he's basically just the bad boy football star and sensitive hottie of your dreams, all wrapped into one heart-throbbing package. If you haven't already fallen under the Tim Riggins spell, you're about to...

1. He's the star running back of the Dillon Panthers.

Basically every girl who has walked this earth has fantasized about having that cliche football relationship. No shame. #33 on the field, #1 in my heart.

2. He's actually really sensitive.

Tim Riggins may seem hard and dysfunctional on the outside, but he's really just a big softie. He's no JD McCoy, who grew up lavishly and extremely fortunate; Tim had a rough upbringing. He and his brother, Billy, had to work hard all by themselves just to stay above water, which is most likely what keeps him so grounded and humbled.

3. He loves kids.

Tim didn't even think twice about taking his neighbor under his wing when he moved in next door. And for some reason, there's just somethin' about cute boys holding babies that makes us girls swoon.

4. He's genuine and honest.

Sure, maybe he took advantage of his football-star status and slept with most of the rally girls, but once he fell in love with Lyla we saw his compassionate side. (You probably envied Lyla and maybe even hated her for a while because of it...I know I did.)

5. He knows how to have a good time.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

6. He's a family man.

Tim took the blame for his brother's crime and went to prison for it...if that's not loyalty then I don't know what is.

7. He's affectionate.

If you either hate Lyla or you want to be Lyla or a combination of the both, you are not alone.

8. He's protective.

Probably the only time you've ever wanted to be in a tornado was when you watched the episode where he shielded Julie from flying debris.

9. He's beautiful.

You're welcome for blessing you with this GIF.

May you all find your own Tim Riggins. Amen.

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