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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Big League Stew: Movie appearances by all 30 MLB teams

Of course, if you’re a former major-leaguer who played for eight different teams from 1969-85, and have a memorable baseball card featuring a monster afro, then every night is Oscar night:

San Diego Padres — The Kid From Left Field (1979): If you think we went ahead with this post just so we could post pictures of Gary Coleman wearing the old mustard and brown McDonalds uniforms, you’re 100 percent correct.

Adam B. Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:17 AM | 46 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: February 24, 2013 at 06:56 AM (#4375065)
New York Mets — Old Dogs (2009)

Oh. Man.

Shoulda went with "Frequency", or even "Men In Black 3" (both are partially set in 1969, and both involve time travel. Yea, time travel!)
   2. OsunaSakata Posted: February 24, 2013 at 07:10 AM (#4375067)
In "Under Fire", a teen-age Sandinista gets shot while wearing an Orioles cap and claiming Dennis Martinez was better than Sandy Koufax.
   3. AndrewJ Posted: February 24, 2013 at 07:11 AM (#4375068)
Houston Astros — Night Game (1989)

What, no Bad News Bears in Breaking Training?

   4. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: February 24, 2013 at 07:31 AM (#4375069)
In Death on the Diamond, one Cardinal is assassinated by a sniper in the Sportsman's Park scoreboard while rounding third base on an inside-the-park home run; a Cardinals' pitcher is summoned to the clubhouse right before the first pitch, only to be strangled and stuffed in his locker; while their jovial and fun-loving catcher dies from a poisoned hot dog in the locker room. Not one of these strange deaths causes even a brief suspension of a game, and the Cardinals go onto win the World Series. Chris Carpenter should take a hint.

P.S. Anyone who would rate that moronic The Pride of St. Louis over Death on the Diamond would probably also rate McDonald's over the best restaurant in town.
   5. Martin Hemner Posted: February 24, 2013 at 07:52 AM (#4375070)
Stealing Home is probably a better choice for the Phillies. Mark Harmon is a failed Phillies prospect who discusses how he dropped a flyball in AAA while the team was watching, leading the Phillies to call up Mike Schmidt instead. His character plays catch with his father pretending to be Jim Bunning, and he plans to attend the "Bud Scott" academy for Phillies prospects.
   6. alkeiper Posted: February 24, 2013 at 08:02 AM (#4375071)
The Odd Couple is the best movie appearance for the Mets, IMO.
   7. AndrewJ Posted: February 24, 2013 at 08:27 AM (#4375072)
Stealing Home is probably a better choice for the Phillies.

The Winning Team might be even better.
   8. asinwreck Posted: February 24, 2013 at 08:50 AM (#4375077)
I remember watching that Coleman film and seething that the reason it depicted a Padres-White Sox World Series was the sheer ridiculousness of the idea.

Several years ago, Bill Murray and John McNaughton were attached to an adaptation of Veeck As in Wreck. Sad it never got made.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2013 at 09:56 AM (#4375098)
I loved "The Kid from Left Field." White Sox/Padres World Series! Also loved "Tiger Town" as a kid.

Kansas City Royals — Moneyball (2011): Can somebody find us a George Brett cameo somewhere? The Royals can't be represented in this post by an uncredited actor playing Jason Grimsley.


Eh, the Royals are featured heavily in "The Bronx is Burning." I think an actor playing Brett is in that. There is also Wally Joyner's cameo in "Little Big League" and his now thriving career in the Christian film industry.

The best Royals cameo however is not in a movie, but was Mike Sweeney's cameo on Saturday Night Live in that sketch that had about 20 MLBers. Sweeney comes crashing in with a pony keg, pretty funny considering how he was in real life.
   10. Gary Truth Serum Posted: February 24, 2013 at 09:57 AM (#4375099)
I remember watching that Coleman film and seething that the reason it depicted a Padres-White Sox World Series was the sheer ridiculousness of the idea.

The best thing about that movie was that the day after it aired on NBC, the Padres hired Jerry Coleman instead of Gary Coleman as their manager.
   11. crict Posted: February 24, 2013 at 10:01 AM (#4375101)
The Expos are featured in some Quebec movies. For instance, A no hit no run summer takes place in 1969 during the first season of the team, and it features the awesome original uniform. (Here's the trailer in French. The Expos player is Mack Jones.)

In the classic Quebec comedy Elvis Gratton, the title character, while on a beach in the Carribean, listens to a tape of a Padres-Expos game.
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: February 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM (#4375114)
I will say, I'm glad to see that the Scout didn't get the St Louis mention(after all it had Ozzie Smith in it.)...

I know I'm being pedantic, but it always bothered me that Ozzie was batting ninth in that movie, when they say he was on a hitting tear in the post season (hitting multiple homeruns and batting over .400 for the post season)

   13. Dale Sams Posted: February 24, 2013 at 10:36 AM (#4375116)
But their logo being sported by future speedster Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez in this classic film more than makes up for it.


Well, they actually appear at the end, you know.
   14. puck Posted: February 24, 2013 at 12:37 PM (#4375191)
Shoulda went with "Frequency", or even "Men In Black 3" (both are partially set in 1969, and both involve time travel. Yea, time travel!)

Yeah, I thought of Frequency--the Mets were an important plot point. Doesn't Bernard Gilkey get hit by a fly ball while distracted by a flying saucer in the 1st "Men in Black"?

And it's a tv show rather than a movie, but the Keith Hernandez episode of Seinfeld is a pretty good Mets representative.
   15. GuyMcGuffin Posted: February 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM (#4375209)
For the Nationals, I kind of prefer the bigot at the beach in Karate Kid. Technically he's rocking the Washington Senators hat, but it's the same logo. There weren't a lot of people in the public eye sporting it in the 80s and I think he deserves credit for holding out hope all of those years.


   16. Tricky Dick Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:59 PM (#4375235)
HBO has occasionally shown Night Game in the early morning hours over the last few years. I first saw it about 6 years ago, and I loved it in a cult bad movie sort of way. The Astros connection and the setting in Galveston made it more interesting to me, I suppose. I like Roy Scheider as an actor, but the plot is so ludicrous and Scheider over-acts so much that it is funny.
   17. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 24, 2013 at 02:02 PM (#4375237)
Good catch, GuyMcGuffin! That is weird.
   18. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: February 24, 2013 at 02:12 PM (#4375241)
No St. Louis Browns or Washington Senators?
   19. villageidiom Posted: February 24, 2013 at 02:30 PM (#4375246)
What, no Bad News Bears in Breaking Training?
Let them play!
   20. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 24, 2013 at 02:36 PM (#4375248)
What, no Bad News Bears in Breaking Training?

Seriously, that's a bad pick. The Bad News Bears sequel certainly is not a great movie, but the "Let them play" scene is as good as any baseball movie moment, in the sense that it always makes me happy when I see it.
   21. akrasian Posted: February 24, 2013 at 03:01 PM (#4375256)
In the movie Better Off Dead the French exchange student/love interest's reason to come to the US is to visit Dodger Stadium, which she succeeds in doing at the very end of the film. I would have used that well before "The Sandlot".
   22. OsunaSakata Posted: February 24, 2013 at 04:08 PM (#4375285)
No St. Louis Browns or Washington Senators?


If you insist, Going My Way and of course, Damn Yankees.
   23. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2013 at 05:39 PM (#4375324)

New York Yankees — Pride of the Yankees (1942): What, you thought we were going to list John Goodman's "The Babe?"


"Brewster's Millions" is the correct answer.

"Naked Gun" is the better movie (Mariners) but some of "Life or Something Like it" takes place during a Mariners game at Safeco Field and I think Angelina Jolie is supposed to be a reporter dating a Mariners player.

"Night Game" is awful. "Brewster McCloud" is a surreal Robert Altman film where the main character lives in the Astrodome. I can't recall if the Astros play a game in the movie or not.

Is "Game Six" a better representative for the Mets? I also remember that terrible Sandra Bullock rom-com "Two Weeks Notice" had a scene at Shea with Mike Piazza.

   24. puck Posted: February 24, 2013 at 06:22 PM (#4375345)
Is "Game Six" a better representative for the Mets?

Is that any good? I'd never heard of it. Pretty good cast list, though.
   25. Long Time Listener, First Time Caller Posted: February 24, 2013 at 06:29 PM (#4375350)
Bunk Moreland and Jimmy McNulty once took their kids to see the Orioles play the White Sox. If I recall correctly, Carlos Lee was at the dish.
   26. OsunaSakata Posted: February 24, 2013 at 06:54 PM (#4375360)
Bunk Moreland and Jimmy McNulty once took their kids to see the Orioles play the White Sox. If I recall correctly, Carlos Lee was at the dish.


There was an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street where a Yankee fan is killed on the stairs at Camden Yards during a midweek day game. Armando Benitez and Scott Erickson make cameo appearances as themselves.
   27. Matthew E Posted: February 24, 2013 at 08:04 PM (#4375392)
I don't think this made it into the movie version, but the Blue Jays were mentioned in the novel Quick Change.
   28. Long Time Listener, First Time Caller Posted: February 24, 2013 at 08:28 PM (#4375396)
#26: That's phenomenal.

Having clicked through to TFA, my beloved White Sux are represented by a Julia Roberts movie? Free Jack Parkman!
   29. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: February 24, 2013 at 09:13 PM (#4375406)
Bunk Moreland and Jimmy McNulty once took their kids to see the Orioles play the White Sox. If I recall correctly, Carlos Lee was at the dish.


I prefer the game between the Pyke Mariners and the Sunspear Rays.
   30. JJ1986 Posted: February 24, 2013 at 09:32 PM (#4375407)
Having clicked through to TFA, my beloved White Sux are represented by a Julia Roberts movie?


Especially poor choice since Eight Men Out is a really good movie.
   31. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: February 24, 2013 at 09:36 PM (#4375409)
Is that any good? I'd never heard of it. Pretty good cast list, though.


It's fine.
   32. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 24, 2013 at 09:49 PM (#4375415)
I prefer the game between the Pyke Mariners and the Sunspear Rays.


Eh, the Dornish never come out to support their team. If any team ever gets relocated, it should be them.
   33. TerpNats Posted: February 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM (#4375434)
For the Chisox, how about James Stewart in "The Stratton Story"?
   34. TerpNats Posted: February 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM (#4375435)
Another White Sox-related film is "Only The Lonely," where John Candy (as a Chicago cop in one of his best performances) makes out with Ally Sheedy (IIRC) one night at a deserted old Comiskey.
   35. Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors Posted: February 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM (#4375439)
I'd just like to applaud a really good idea for a column. It's a fun/junk column, but it's such a great idea for such a column. I'm genuinely jealous. And that ain't no sarcasm.
   36. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2013 at 11:08 PM (#4375444)
   37. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM (#4375446)


IMDB says the recent remake of "Get Smart" with Steve Carrell was filmed at Olympique Stadium in Montreal, but no one saw the movie, so no one can confirm.
   38. OsunaSakata Posted: February 24, 2013 at 11:42 PM (#4375452)
IMDB says the recent remake of "Get Smart" with Steve Carrell was filmed at Olympique Stadium in Montreal, but no one saw the movie, so no one can confirm.




My favorite use of Stade Olympique in the movies.
   39. Morty Causa Posted: February 25, 2013 at 01:19 AM (#4375481)
The Chicago Cubs are used in two Joe E. Brown comedies from the '30s. Elmer the Great 1933 ("They can fool some of the people part-time, but the worm will turn.") Alibi Ike 1935 (His excuse for being late to spring training: "My calendar was wrong.")
   40. Morty Causa Posted: February 25, 2013 at 01:23 AM (#4375483)
Oh, and in Fireman, Save My Child, he's a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. Brown seems to have really liked baseball and making movies about baseball players.
   41. Flynn Posted: February 25, 2013 at 05:44 AM (#4375503)
The Expos are featured in some Quebec movies. For instance, A no hit no run summer takes place in 1969 during the first season of the team, and it features the awesome original uniform. (Here's the trailer in French. The Expos player is Mack Jones.)


Jacques Doucet's voice is in the trailer too. This movie looks pretty cool, it's a shame it's so hard to find on DVD.
   42. just plain joe Posted: February 25, 2013 at 08:24 AM (#4375531)
Brown seems to have really liked baseball and making movies about baseball players.


It must have been a family thing; Brown's son, Joe L. Brown, was the Pirates GM for many years.
   43. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 25, 2013 at 09:37 AM (#4375556)
My favorite baseball cameo in a movie is Turkey Mike Donlin showing up in Buster Keaton's "The General".
   44. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: February 25, 2013 at 09:55 AM (#4375566)
My favorite baseball cameo in a movie is Turkey Mike Donlin showing up in Buster Keaton's "The General".

Try the scene in Speedy where Harold Lloyd races a terrified Babe Ruth from downtown Manhattan to Yankee Stadium in his taxicab, yakking at him the whole way while paying no attention to traffic.

---"Gee, Babe, you've done more for baseball than cheese did for Switzerland!"
   45. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: February 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM (#4375613)
My favorite use of Stade Olympique in the movies.

Yanno, I generally avoid Will Ferrell movies, but you present compelling evidence that I should rethink this position.
   46. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: February 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM (#4375616)

IMDB says the recent remake of "Get Smart" with Steve Carrell was filmed at Olympique Stadium in Montreal, but no one saw the movie, so no one can confirm.


Ha, ha, but seriously, it's a very fun movie.

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