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Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Biggest pop culture moments for all 30 teams

Orioles—Veep: Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Selina Meyer threw out the first pitch of an Orioles game, and a bunch of the players posed with her and, awkwardly, said “Orioles.” (And Louis-Dreyfus also played an Orioles fan on Seinfeld, where she got in trouble for wearing an O’s cap in comped seats.)

Rays—The Rookie: The heartwarming story of Jim Morris ended with him making his debut in a Rays uniform, and it’s the big climactic moment of this stirring movie.

Red Sox—Good Will Hunting: Lots to choose from here, including that heist scene at Fenway Park in The Town, but a whole generation knows Carlton Fisk waving the ball fair from watching Robin Williams and Matt Damon.

Yankees—Pride of the Yankees: You can also choose Jay-Z rapping about his Yankees hat. You really can’t go wrong with any Yankees choice.

What about George Costanza working for the Yankees?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 05, 2020 at 06:22 AM | 109 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: May 05, 2020 at 07:46 AM (#5947745)
Astros -- Boyhood

You misspelled "The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training". ("Let them play! Let them play!")
   2. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: May 05, 2020 at 07:56 AM (#5947748)
Giants -- San Andreas: The climax of this film features The Rock driving a motorboat through a sunken Oracle Park.
The Fan is a (bad) movie in which Robert De Niro obsesses over the Giants, murders one member of the team, and does all sorts of weird #### to another one.
   3. villageidiom Posted: May 05, 2020 at 08:19 AM (#5947758)
You misspelled "The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training". ("Let them play! Let them play!")
I came here to post nearly the same thing.
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: May 05, 2020 at 08:39 AM (#5947772)
Rangers -- Walker, Texas Ranger: All right, so it’s actually super hard to find a Rangers pop culture reference. We hope Chuck Norris will suffice in a pinch.
Eastbound & Down could qualify in a pinch.
   5. villageidiom Posted: May 05, 2020 at 08:43 AM (#5947773)
Padres -- The Kid From Left Field: If you’re too young to remember, this is a wacky comedy in which Gary Coleman manages for the Padres. Ed McMahon is in it.
IIRC Robert Guillaume played Coleman's father, a former Padres player who ended up out of baseball because of some incident where a runner on 3rd was running home on a suicide squeeze but the batter missed the sign and swung away, hitting the ball right into the runner's head. I don't remember if Guillaume was the runner (and the injury ended his career) or the batter (and left baseball in disgrace). I think the former. Anyway, at the time his son took over managing the team his character was working as a peanut vendor at the stadium, and IIRC he helped his son manage by sending him signals from the seats.
   6. Rally Posted: May 05, 2020 at 08:48 AM (#5947782)
Lots to choose from for the Red Sox. Fenway Park was the scene of battle in one of the Godzilla reboots. I haven't watched many movies in the theaters for years so don't know exactly when this one came out, but watched it with my kids in the shutdown period.

Haven't seen a Godzilla monster do so much damage in Fenway Park since game 3 of the 2004 ALCS.

Also thought of Donnie Donewicz, the Bear Jew, going all Teddy F. Ballgame on the heads of some captured Nazis.
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: May 05, 2020 at 08:52 AM (#5947787)
Phillies -- The Goldbergs: The family in this ABC comedy are diehard Phillies fans, and not only did they film a scene at Citizen Bank Park, Ruben Amaro Jr. is actually a character on this show … and the real-life Ruben Amaro Jr. plays his father, Ruben Amaro. It’s sort of confusing.


How is this not Mac's letter to Chase Utley?

   8. Rally Posted: May 05, 2020 at 08:55 AM (#5947791)
Should have gone with Naked Gun for Angels. Regicidal Jackson's performance is far more memorable than the Danny Glover Angels in the OF.

They put this movie in for the Mariners, which is sad and weird. Sad that they can't come up with anything better for Seattle. I did not have a clue that the Mariners were the team playing the Angels in The Naked Gun.
   9. villageidiom Posted: May 05, 2020 at 09:05 AM (#5947795)
They put this movie in for the Mariners, which is sad and weird. Sad that they can't come up with anything better for Seattle.
I'd like to think that the kid in Sleepless In Seattle was at one point wearing a Mariners hat. I haven't been able to confirm. I'm not sure that would top their appearance in The Naked Gun.

And that aside, there's more in Sleepless In Seattle about Brooks Robinson than the Mariners anyway.
   10. Rally Posted: May 05, 2020 at 09:11 AM (#5947798)
There’s got to be something from the Griffey Jr era. Everybody loved Griffey. But that’s 20 years ago and I can’t remember.

I’m not forgetting that Griffey returned at the end of his career, but I don’t think Sleeping in the Seattle Dugout ever got made into a movie.
   11. Nasty Nate Posted: May 05, 2020 at 09:29 AM (#5947806)
Maybe the song 'Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle' was a comment on free agency overpayment of proven closers:

It's so relieving
To know that you're leaving
As soon as you get paid
   12. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 05, 2020 at 09:54 AM (#5947827)
Eastbound & Down could qualify in a pinch.


They were very careful to always refer to the team as simply "Texas," although I think we all knew who they were supposed to be. Just like earlier in the series, Kenny Powers gets a feeler from a team referred to as only "Tampa."

I recently caught up with "Eastbound & Down" for the first time since, y'know, I can't leave the house. Overall, it was pretty good, but the ending of the third season was one of the worst things I've ever seen on television. I don't know if i need to provide spoiler space for a ten-year-old show, but anyway...

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After spending three years trying to get back to the majors, Kenny Powers finally takes the mound for "Texas." He gets two strikes on his first hitter, then... drops the ball on the mound, walks out of the stadium, gets in his car, and drives off a bridge. The idea that anyone who would do this is ridiculous enough, but Kenny Powers is an egotistical, hypercompetitive galoot who is finally back where he thinks he belongs, and finally stands to make some real money. I didn't believe any of it for a second. To make it worse, they apparently thought this was the end of the show, but it came back for a fourth season, so we find out later that Kenny didn't really die, but simply faked his death for.... reasons.
   13. Nasty Nate Posted: May 05, 2020 at 10:08 AM (#5947833)
I should go back and watch the Mexico season. I remember really liking that one.
   14. Rally Posted: May 05, 2020 at 10:22 AM (#5947841)
I'd like to see a documentary with Danny McBride/Kenny Powers that also features John Rocker and Mark Wohlers all talking about being flame throwing bullpen aces behind Glavine/Maddux/Smoltz who all flamed out for various reasons. And as part of the deal, Rocker and Wohlers have to pretend that Powers was a real pitcher.

At some point in the future, post a side-by-side comparison between Powers and Rocker off the field controversies and see if people can guess which one was fiction.
   15. Itchy Row Posted: May 05, 2020 at 11:09 AM (#5947857)
Griffey was on the Simpsons softball team when he was with Seattle, so that should replace Naked Gun, which would rightly go to the Angels. I don't think the Simpsons mentioned the Mariners or the other MLB teams, so maybe that's why that episode didn't make it. Also, if they hadn't limited the list to one Seinfeld reference, Frank Costanza yelling about the Jay Buhner trade would work better for Seattle too.
   16. Vrhovnik Posted: May 05, 2020 at 11:20 AM (#5947859)
Speaking of the Simpsons, the Royals moment should either be The Kansas City Royals: Forever Champions seen for sale at Rock Bottom Remainders, or Radioactive Man Meets the Kansas City Royals: a poster of it appears in The Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop.
   17. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 05, 2020 at 11:29 AM (#5947864)
Braves -- The Slugger’s Wife:

we had a discussion a month or so ago about this being one of the worst (if not THE worst) baseball movie ever made. Made more amazing by the fact that it was written by Neil Simon and directed by Hal Ashby
   18. SoSH U at work Posted: May 05, 2020 at 11:36 AM (#5947869)
we had a discussion a month or so ago about this being one of the worst (if not THE worst) baseball movie ever made. Made more amazing by the fact that it was written by Neil Simon and directed by Hal Ashby


Surely there's another Braves pop culture reference. Anything would be superior to that.
   19. The Mighty Quintana Posted: May 05, 2020 at 11:39 AM (#5947871)
I mean, Field of Dreams has to be the Red Sox contribution, right?!
   20. The Mighty Quintana Posted: May 05, 2020 at 11:42 AM (#5947873)
David Justice was once on Celebrity Wife Swap with Dweezil Zappa. That was better viewing than Slugger's Wife.
   21. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 05, 2020 at 12:05 PM (#5947890)
Surely there's another Braves pop culture reference. Anything would be superior to that.


Does the "chicks dig the longball" commercial count?
   22. JJ1986 Posted: May 05, 2020 at 12:13 PM (#5947893)
Keith Hernandez may be a better appearance, but the movie Frequency is much Metsier.
   23. AndrewJ Posted: May 05, 2020 at 01:03 PM (#5947957)
C'mon, wouldn't the best pop culture reference for the Red Sox be CHEERS?
   24. Perry Posted: May 05, 2020 at 01:28 PM (#5947990)
Surely there's another Braves pop culture reference. Anything would be superior to that.


I didn't see Trouble With the Curve, only read Posnanski's takedown, but weren't the Braves involved in that?
   25. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: May 05, 2020 at 02:17 PM (#5948025)
There’s got to be something from the Griffey Jr era. Everybody loved Griffey. But that’s 20 years ago and I can’t remember.

The answer is Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball. Sure it's not a movie or TV show, but video games are a big enough part of pop culture that this should count.

Frasier is the biggest show I can think of that was based in Seattle. I know the dad was a M's fan but I don't remember any real tie-ins with sports.

Also, Ichiro could have created a memorable pop culture moment if he wanted too.
   26. Nasty Nate Posted: May 05, 2020 at 02:22 PM (#5948027)
Apparently Griffey also appeared on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
   27. Tin Angel Posted: May 05, 2020 at 02:34 PM (#5948035)
I didn't see Trouble With the Curve, only read Posnanski's takedown, but weren't the Braves involved in that?


Yeah, their front office has the #1 pick and is scouting a hitter. You don't even see their cap or colors or anything though, anything related to them is through the front office people arguing over the pick and I'm pretty sure they are just referred to as "Atlanta."
   28. SoSH U at work Posted: May 05, 2020 at 02:43 PM (#5948038)
Hank Aaron is apparently mentioned in 18 different songs, but I'll go with the one performed by the son of a former NL rival, Tug's kid Tim's Southern Voice.

I've never heard the song, and yet I can still safely bet it's better than The Slugger's Wife.
   29. VCar Posted: May 05, 2020 at 02:43 PM (#5948039)
I did not have a clue that the Mariners were the team playing the Angels in The Naked Gun.

Don't you remember that famous Mariner Jay Johnstone leading off the game?
   30. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 05, 2020 at 02:43 PM (#5948041)
After spending three years trying to get back to the majors, Kenny Powers finally takes the mound for "Texas." He gets two strikes on his first hitter, then... drops the ball on the mound, walks out of the stadium, gets in his car, and drives off a bridge. The idea that anyone who would do this is ridiculous enough,
Well yeah, even before the new rule, you had to face at least one full batter. Surely he knew that.
   31. puck Posted: May 05, 2020 at 03:11 PM (#5948052)
Keith Hernandez may be a better appearance, but the movie Frequency is much Metsier.


That's a good one. There's also MiB where a fly ball hits Bernard Gilkey in the head.
   32. puck Posted: May 05, 2020 at 03:14 PM (#5948053)
Do the Mariners only appear in other team's stories? There's also Frank Costanza's rant about the Yankees trading away Jay Buhner.
[Edit: whoops, coke to Itchy]

The Rockies don't have appearances other than in the Fan? Sheesh. The Christian thing was so overrated...they didn't even get a movie about it?
   33. JJ1986 Posted: May 05, 2020 at 03:18 PM (#5948054)
Frasier is the biggest show I can think of that was based in Seattle. I know the dad was a M's fan but I don't remember any real tie-ins with sports.
There are a couple of Sonics plots, but I think the Mariners are only mentioned in passing.
   34. bobm Posted: May 05, 2020 at 03:21 PM (#5948055)
I guess the Beatles in 1964 at Shea is not all that big a deal anymore.
   35. Red Menace Posted: May 05, 2020 at 03:38 PM (#5948064)
The Mariners were the "other team" in the climax of Little Big League (chosen for the Twins). Griffey is the villain and comes to the plate to ominous music.
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and he robs a home run to win the game for Seattle.
   36. Lassus Posted: May 05, 2020 at 04:01 PM (#5948068)
Orioles—Veep: Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Selina Meyer threw out the first pitch of an Orioles game, and a bunch of the players posed with her and, awkwardly, said “Orioles.” (And Louis-Dreyfus also played an Orioles fan on Seinfeld, where she got in trouble for wearing an O’s cap in comped seats.)

I know I'm biased, but the Orioles (well, not actual Orioles, but mentions of the team and a a scene of the leads taking in a game) show up in multiple (not just one) episodes of the Wire.
   37. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 05, 2020 at 04:43 PM (#5948078)
I recently saw a 1962 movie called "Experiment in Terror" which has its climax at a Dodgers-Giants game at Candlestick Park. There's an awful lot of game footage shown, including Don Drysdale on the mound for the Dodgers and Harvey Kuenn homering for the Giants.
   38. The Duke Posted: May 05, 2020 at 05:03 PM (#5948090)
Cardinals got nothing - hard to believe
   39. Itchy Row Posted: May 05, 2020 at 05:24 PM (#5948096)
The Rangers were the other team in The Rookie. Jim Morris's debut was against them.
   40. puck Posted: May 05, 2020 at 05:27 PM (#5948099)
The Rangers were the other team in The Rookie. Jim Morris's debut was against them.


Wasn't Royce Clayton actually in the movie?
   41. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 05, 2020 at 05:31 PM (#5948103)
Griffey hitting a HR in Little Big League.

Another possible Mariners option is the 1992 Joe Mantegna HBO vehicle Comrades of Summer.


Major League Baseball manager Sparky Smith is fired from his job with the Seattle Mariners. His attitude has gotten him into trouble with George, the owner of the Mariners, and no other teams seem to want any part of him.

The Olympic Games are coming up, however, and a spirit of glasnost exists in the post-Soviet Russia, which is trying to field its first Olympic baseball team. Sparky reluctantly accepts an offer to move to Moscow to coach the players, many of whom don't even know the game's fundamentals. The players are predictably inept at first, but Sparky begins to learn the real joy in baseball is in the effort and the camaraderie.

An exhibition game ultimately is arranged in which Sparky and his young, eager Russians get to play against his old team, the Mariners. Sparky also falls in love with young Russian girl Tanya Belova.

   42. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 05, 2020 at 05:34 PM (#5948107)
Comrades of Summer complete movie on youtube.

The Kid from Left Field.
   43. Perry Posted: May 05, 2020 at 05:59 PM (#5948120)
Cardinals got nothing - hard to believe


I know. The only other thing I could think of besides the Dean movie is Ronald Reagan striking out Lazzeri in "The Winning Team."
   44. SoSH U at work Posted: May 05, 2020 at 06:15 PM (#5948130)
I know. The only other thing I could think of besides the Dean movie is Ronald Reagan striking out Lazzeri in "The Winning Team."


The final scene of Fever Pitch was filmed right there at old Busch, though I doubt that's one Cards fans would want to include (hell, I'm a Sox fan and I don't like to recall it).

   45. Zonk took his own SATs Posted: May 05, 2020 at 06:25 PM (#5948137)
Ferris Bueller is fine enough, I guess... but I still think I’d go with the Nazis “tracking” Jake and Elwood to 1060 W Addison.... hey, it works for Steve Garvey, too!
   46. cardsfanboy Posted: May 05, 2020 at 07:02 PM (#5948160)
Cardinals got nothing - hard to believe


I know. The only other thing I could think of besides the Dean movie is Ronald Reagan striking out Lazzeri in "The Winning Team."


I'm fairly certain that Andy has mentioned Death on the Diamond in multiple threads, it's an old movie (1934) but involves the Cardinals......

yea.... I got nothing... I guess the fact that Tony pitched for the Cardinals in the minors for "Who's the Boss" could be included.

   47. Booey Posted: May 05, 2020 at 08:15 PM (#5948195)
Another possible choice for the M's is the early 2000's Angelina Jolie chick flick "Life or Something Like It." It takes place in Seattle and at the beginning she's dating a (fictional) Mariners player. He takes her to Safeco to hit some balls, and at the end she's in the stands at a game watching him play.
   48. Booey Posted: May 05, 2020 at 08:35 PM (#5948200)
And y'all are slipping not to remember the best Cardinals reference in pop culture history - Mark McGwire's epic 1999 appearance on The Simpsons. He may technically have been talking about MLB secretly spying on people, but I always thought this exchange was also a perfect portrayal of the dominant attitude about PED's at the time:

Mac: "Do you want to know the terrifying truth? Or do you wanna see me sock a few dingers?!!!"

Everyone: "DINGERS!!!"

(McGwire cherry bombs a ball a comical distance)
   49. Walt Davis Posted: May 05, 2020 at 09:19 PM (#5948208)
EDIT: never mind. Teach me to read your comments rather than the article itself.
   50. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 05, 2020 at 10:25 PM (#5948226)
Yankees—Pride of the Yankees: You can also choose Jay-Z rapping about his Yankees hat. You really can’t go wrong with any Yankees choice.

I'd go with the thousands of times that the crowd has left the Stadium to the strains of "New York, New York".

And for the Mets, it has to be the "Grassy Knoll" episode of Seinfeld. Nothing else is even close.
   51. SoSH U at work Posted: May 05, 2020 at 11:05 PM (#5948237)
I'd go with the thousands of times that the crowd has left the Stadium to the strains of "New York, New York".


I don't think that qualifies. These are instances where the team is included or referred to in pop culture, not where pop culture is used by teams.

   52. Russ Posted: May 06, 2020 at 07:31 AM (#5948265)


I know I'm biased, but the Orioles (well, not actual Orioles, but mentions of the team and a a scene of the leads taking in a game) show up in multiple (not just one) episodes of the Wire



And the Orioles are critically important in Sleepless in Seattle... that is the whole reason that the son writes back!
   53. AndrewJ Posted: May 06, 2020 at 07:55 AM (#5948268)
The mid-2000s Yankees are listed in this "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer cover by Regis Philbin, featuring vocals by He Who Must Not Be Named.
   54. The Duke Posted: May 06, 2020 at 08:59 AM (#5948279)
Apparently Superstore is supposed to be in St. Louis and there are references to the Cardinals sprinkled in their episodes.
   55. villageidiom Posted: May 06, 2020 at 09:59 AM (#5948291)
I don't know if i need to provide spoiler space for a ten-year-old show, but anyway...

For future reference, if you want to be extra-fancy with hiding spoilers, precede it with color=transparent in square brackets, and follow it with /color also in square brackets. The result should be something like this, which is only visible if you highlight the text with your mouse: HER FATHER IS THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY! See? Just like that. No inadvertent views.

EDIT: In retrospect, if I were doing a old-timer callback as a spoiler there would have been no better time to have used this: BEHOLD! Alas.
   56. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: May 06, 2020 at 10:09 AM (#5948295)
How is this not Mac's letter to Chase Utley?


Exactly. Or Mac and Dennis partying with Utley and Howard in AC.

Royals -- Better Call Saul: Every time Rhea Seehorn’s Kim Wexler relaxes, she’s wearing an oversized Royals shirt, leading to suspicions that she and Jimmy McGill will end up together in Omaha, sneaking off to Royals games.


KC is a bit thin. George Brett made appearances on Modern Family and Brockmire. And speaking of the latter, wasn't he a Royals broadcaster in the first episode?
   57. John M. Perkins Posted: May 06, 2020 at 11:18 AM (#5948317)
Braves: "Chicks dig the longball" counts.

Twins/Senators: Damn Yankees.
   58. Itchy Row Posted: May 06, 2020 at 11:55 AM (#5948331)
Dizzy and Daffy Dean and Enos "He Knows" Slaughter were mentioned in Who's On First, so the Cardinals should get credit for that.
   59. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: May 06, 2020 at 12:17 PM (#5948340)
That's a good one. There's also MiB where a fly ball hits Bernard Gilkey in the head.

The Mets play an even bigger part in MiB 3, with frequent mentions of the team, a visit to Shea, and one all-knowing character describing the '69 Mets winning the pennant as his favorite moment in the history of the universe.

The NY Mets also have lots of high-quality options, beyond what was mentioned. "Piazza, New York Catcher," "Moby Octopad," Apu's favorite squadron.
   60. Hot Wheeling American Posted: May 06, 2020 at 12:44 PM (#5948361)
The NY Mets also have lots of high-quality options, beyond what was mentioned.

Including the 2002 box office phenomenon Two Weeks Notice.
   61. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: May 06, 2020 at 12:54 PM (#5948365)
KC is a bit thin. George Brett made appearances on Modern Family and Brockmire.

An old photo in the National Geographic showing George Brett surrounded by autograph-seeking fans inspired Lorde's worldwide hit song "Royals."
   62. villageidiom Posted: May 06, 2020 at 01:21 PM (#5948378)
Maybe this is the Mariners' pop culture moment.
   63. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 06, 2020 at 04:34 PM (#5948452)
I'd go with the thousands of times that the crowd has left the Stadium to the strains of "New York, New York".

I don't think that qualifies. These are instances where the team is included or referred to in pop culture, not where pop culture is used by teams.


Fair enough. So in that case even though they're the fall guys, I'll go with Damn Yankees, since I can't stand that godawful Gary Cooper movie. Obviously Damn Yankees is also the pick for the Nats, even though technically it'd be for the Twins.

OTOH if commercials qualify for popular culture, Yogi Berra getting food tips from his cat is pretty damn iconic for some of us.
   64. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 06, 2020 at 09:40 PM (#5948538)
When I think Dodgers and movies I think of Fletch, 'You and Tommy Lasorda?.. I hate Tommy Lasorda (punches picture of Lasorda, breaks picture glass).
   65. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 06, 2020 at 10:50 PM (#5948557)


KC is a bit thin. George Brett made appearances on Modern Family and Brockmire. And speaking of the latter, wasn't he a Royals broadcaster in the first episode?


Yea. Brett was also on Fantasy Island early in his career. Also Mike Sweeney was on SNL, with about two dozen other ballplayers once in a sketch. I think Sweeney had a pony keg, which was odd for him.

And Bo Jackson literally had a cartoon about him!

Reds -- Rain Man


What about Sparky Anderson on WKRP in Cincinnati?

Also, he mentions Magnum's hat, but Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell were ACTUALLY ON THE SHOW!
   66. Booey Posted: May 06, 2020 at 11:11 PM (#5948566)
Do all the "Bo knows" commercials count for the Royals?
   67. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: May 06, 2020 at 11:37 PM (#5948570)
Is the best Pirates pop culture reference really a nearly 70 year old movie that no one has seen in decades?

Off the top of my head .....there's almost a reverse pop culture reference in how the '79 team made "We Are Family" their song. It wasn't intended to be about the Pirates, but they sure made it theirs.

(looks it up for a bit)

Million Dollar Arm. There - that's about the Pirates. A box office flop, but it's still a better pop culture reference for the Pirates than Angels in the Otufield.
   68. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: May 06, 2020 at 11:55 PM (#5948572)
Million Dollar Arm. There - that's about the Pirates. A box office flop, but it's still a better pop culture reference for the Pirates than Angels in the Otufield.


Good one. Yeah, the list is not well thought out on several fronts. They got most of the obvious ones right, but were lazy on several. Naked Gun is the obvious Angels one. Find a KGJr. Pepsi commercial if there's nothing else for the Mariners. That was like awarding Major League to the Yankees (or Brewers, for Ucker or Vuckovich).
   69. shoelesjoe Posted: May 07, 2020 at 02:59 AM (#5948581)
The best Orioles’ pop culture moment should be the episode of Homicide (David Simon’s precursor to The Wire) where detectives are called to Camden Yards during an afternoon game because a guy wearing a Yankees cap has been found murdered in one of the stairwells. Standing over the body detective Munch (Richard Belsen) speculates that it’s unclear whether killing a Yankee fan is even a crime under the Maryland Criminal Code.

For the Braves I’d go with Sharky’s Machine, the underrated police procedural set in Atlanta. At one point detective Sharky (Burt Reynolds) calls his team together for a pow wow in the Fulton County Stadium stands during Braves’ batting practice. Charles Durning steals the scene, as he so often did.
   70. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: May 07, 2020 at 05:42 AM (#5948586)
Reds -- Rain Man

What about Sparky Anderson on WKRP in Cincinnati?


There's also Johnny Bench's The Baseball Bunch. A pretty dated reference, but so is everything else about the Reds.
   71. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 07, 2020 at 06:50 AM (#5948589)
Cardinals got nothing - hard to believe

Are you crazy? Only a movie where the mob tries to take over the team, and the only way it can be saved is by winning the pennant, which it manages to do in spite of a few stumbles along the way, like their star hitter being killed by a sniper as he rounds third base,** their star pitcher being strangled in the clubhouse after being called off the mound to take a phone call, and their lovable catcher being poisoned by a hot dog. Part of it is shot in Sportsman's Park, and the Cardinals are wearing their real 1934 uniforms.

Death on the Diamond (full movie)

(P.S. After that body is removed from the field, the game quickly resumes, as do the other two games. Ballplayers had grit back then.)

** Scroll down the link for the clip.
   72. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 07, 2020 at 06:56 AM (#5948590)
As for the Yankees, how could I have forgotten Babe Ruth's wild taxi cab ride to "The" Yankee Stadium?

Harold Lloyd's "Speedy"----The Next Unfortunate Customer
   73. Rally Posted: May 07, 2020 at 08:09 AM (#5948595)
After that body is removed from the field, the game quickly resumes, as do the other two games. Ballplayers had grit back then.


Was he safe or out? If the sniper takes him out right at 3rd and he dies on the bag, you can put in a pinch runner for him. More likely he falls somewhere off the bag, so the fielders can make sure a tag is applied before any attempt at first aid.
   74. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: May 07, 2020 at 08:23 AM (#5948596)
Was he safe or out? If the sniper takes him out right at 3rd and he dies on the bag, you can put in a pinch runner for him.

Ideally your PR is Andre Dawson, who can hold a quick service before the game resumes.
   75. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 07, 2020 at 09:20 AM (#5948603)
Was he safe or out? If the sniper takes him out right at 3rd and he dies on the bag, you can put in a pinch runner for him. More likely he falls somewhere off the bag, so the fielders can make sure a tag is applied before any attempt at first aid.

Watch the clip. He gets shot after he's rounded third, collapses on the ground, and then gets tagged before everyone realizes that Jesus has already called him safe.

As for the pitcher who gets strangled in the clubhouse after being called in to take a phone call just before he was about to throw the first pitch: They just bring in another pitcher and go on with the game without even bothering to notify the crowd. But in the end, the artist later known as Dr. Marcus Welby (Robert Young) comes in and pitches them to the pennant, rescuing the Redbirds from the mob.
   76. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: May 07, 2020 at 09:24 AM (#5948604)
Apparently Griffey also appeared on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air


I don't remember this, do remember him in the Simpsons episode, but, wouldn't his Nike commercial campaign for president be more pop culture worthy?


A Kid in the White House
   77. asinwreck Posted: May 07, 2020 at 10:36 AM (#5948619)
Padres -- The Kid From Left Field: If you’re too young to remember, this is a wacky comedy in which Gary Coleman manages for the Padres. Ed McMahon is in it.

IIRC Robert Guillaume played Coleman's father, a former Padres player who ended up out of baseball because of some incident where a runner on 3rd was running home on a suicide squeeze but the batter missed the sign and swung away, hitting the ball right into the runner's head. I don't remember if Guillaume was the runner (and the injury ended his career) or the batter (and left baseball in disgrace). I think the former. Anyway, at the time his son took over managing the team his character was working as a peanut vendor at the stadium, and IIRC he helped his son manage by sending him signals from the seats.


This outstanding film had -- SPOILERS -- the Padres and White Sox face off in the World Series. At a time when neither team could see third place in their respective divisions, I greatly enjoyed the premise.
   78. Itchy Row Posted: May 07, 2020 at 10:51 AM (#5948623)
Wikipedia says that the Padres hired Jerry Coleman as manager the day after the movie about manager Gary Coleman leading them to the World Series aired. Jerry wasn't as successful in the job as his brother Gary was.
   79. villageidiom Posted: May 07, 2020 at 11:00 AM (#5948634)
That was like awarding Major League to the Yankees
They should have used The Bad News Bears for the Yankees. Not the same Yankees... but still.
   80. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: May 07, 2020 at 11:10 AM (#5948638)
This outstanding film had -- SPOILERS -- the Padres and White Sox face off in the World Series. At a time when neither team could see third place in their respective divisions, I greatly enjoyed the premise.

That movie was stupid - but so enjoyable. I especially liked team owner Ed McMahon reminisce about how the last time the Padres won the World Series his dad owned the team.

The Padres were about five years old at the time. The film knew that - but didn't care. It makes me grin.
   81. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 07, 2020 at 12:24 PM (#5948676)
There was a made-for-TV movie called "Murder at the World Series" that aired in 1977. The two teams in the titular World Series are the Astros and the A's, who finished third and seventh in their divisions that year, respectively.
   82. Itchy Row Posted: May 07, 2020 at 12:54 PM (#5948689)
Major League was released in 1989 and the Indians and Yankees tied for first in the AL East, with the Indians winning the division in the playoff game at the end. The sequel said the White Sox beat them in the ALCS. In the real 1989, the Yankees, Indians, and White Sox finished in fifth, sixth, and seventh places respectively.
   83. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 07, 2020 at 01:37 PM (#5948703)
There was a made-for-TV movie called "Murder at the World Series" that aired in 1977. The two teams in the titular World Series are the Astros and the A's, who finished third and seventh in their divisions that year, respectively.

Obviously that was to minimize any collateral damage in the stands when the murderers started spraying bullets.
   84. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 07, 2020 at 02:35 PM (#5948713)
The Mariners are the only team that's ever had one of its players be the subject of a song by a Japanese garage rock band. I think that's a clear winner.
   85. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2020 at 03:39 PM (#5948724)

There was a made-for-TV movie called "Murder at the World Series" that aired in 1977. The two teams in the titular World Series are the Astros and the A's,


Other fictional World Series matchups:

Chicago Cubs vs. California Angels (Taking Care of Business)
Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Gators (Back to the Future II)
NY Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals (The Scout) - ah, there's your Cardinals reference. Bob Tewksbury in a feature film!
San Diego Padres vs. Chicago White Sox (The Kid From Left Field)

   86. cardsfanboy Posted: May 07, 2020 at 08:50 PM (#5948767)
Are you crazy? Only a movie where the mob tries to take over the team,


See my comment up thread. Post 46.
   87. cardsfanboy Posted: May 07, 2020 at 08:56 PM (#5948768)
NY Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals (The Scout) - ah, there's your Cardinals reference. Bob Tewksbury in a feature film!


The scout was an okay film, but that game was ridiculous... Here we have a guy(all of this is from memory but if I'm wrong, I don't think I'm wrong in spirit) Ozzie Smith, who showed uncharacteristic like power in the previous series with 5 homeruns..... batting 9th in the lineup... as the pitcher has thrown nothing but strikes to every person he faced and is on the verge of a 27 strikeout performance on 81 pitches....and the teams hottest hitter is his last batter, meaning that the manager of the Cardinals had the teams hottest hitter batting 9th...... that always ticked me off... I don't care about the actual story... they could have done the Mark McGwire (when the Cardinals played the Mets) type of situation where the guy was only available for one plate appearance.... but they didn't do that.
   88. greenback used to say live and let live Posted: May 08, 2020 at 01:18 AM (#5948800)
Jimmy Stewart played a baseball player/bomber pilot in the movie "Strategic Air Command." His team was the Cardinals, before he went back to bombing people.

Stewart also played a White Sock in "The Stratton Story" but that's obviously not going to match "8 Men Out."

This clip with Lasorda in Police Squad is a valid Dodgers reference, although it's hard to top anything Jackie Robinson-related.
   89. Rally Posted: May 08, 2020 at 08:20 AM (#5948817)
I liked the characters and most of the story line in The Scout, but the baseball part was too over the top. A perfect game in itself is an incredible feat. You ruin my ability to suspend disbelief by making it 27 strikeouts on 81 pitches. See Love of the Game for a believable perfect game story.
   90. AndrewJ Posted: May 08, 2020 at 08:39 AM (#5948820)
The Scout was to have ended with a freeze-frame of Brendan Fraser throwing the first pitch of the game, but the studio claimed that the fantastical 81-pitch, 27-strikeout game* "tested better" with preview audiences.

* Which had already occurred in Plimpton's Sidd Finch novel, and Gil Gamesh came within one pitch of such a feat in The Great American Novel.
   91. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: May 08, 2020 at 08:42 AM (#5948821)
I enjoyed The Scout, but much of the plot made no sense. The game at the end never seemed out of place to me. Only slightly more ridiculous than a guy from some independent Mexican league getting a record contract based on a 5 minute tryout, or said guy starting game 1 of the World Series despite no experience and literally no training with his new club.
   92. AndrewJ Posted: May 08, 2020 at 09:57 AM (#5948842)
Padres -- The Kid From Left Field: If you’re too young to remember, this is a wacky comedy in which Gary Coleman manages for the Padres. Ed McMahon is in it.

It was a made-for-TV movie on NBC. "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Tonight Show" were the only major profit centers for NBC in 1979 (apart from SNL), so they placed Gary and Ed in everything back then...
   93. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 08, 2020 at 12:25 PM (#5948862)
Are you crazy? Only a movie where the mob tries to take over the team,

See my comment up thread. Post 46.


Got it, and you get a covid-free ammonia coke, straight from the White House refrigerator. (smile)
   94. RoyalFlush Posted: May 08, 2020 at 01:31 PM (#5948897)
Do all the "Bo knows" commercials count for the Royals?


Thought the same, but I can't think of him wearing Royals gear in any of the iconic Nike images.

I guess the Better Call Saul stuff is fine, but I bet more people watched that Fantasy Island episode. But, at that point (1978), Brett was just a good young player. He hadn't really become nationally famous like he did in '80.

Rough category for the Missouri teams. The only other Cardinals thing I could think of was that I'm pretty sure it was a Cardinals game that the family attended in the Steve Martin movie Parenthood. I always liked that flick when I was young.
   95. Itchy Row Posted: May 08, 2020 at 01:38 PM (#5948903)
The Willie McGee biopic "E.T." was pretty big.
   96. ajnrules Posted: May 08, 2020 at 06:26 PM (#5948981)
D-backs -- The Jersey: It is near-impossible to find a D-backs moment for this list, so we came up with Randy Johnson’s cameo appearance on an old Disney Channel sitcom about a magical jersey.

I can't believe they mention this obscure Disney channel show and link to the pilot which doesn't feature Randy Johnson whatsoever.

Here's the episode. The Big Unit makes appearances at 4:22, 16:53, and 19:37.
   97. SoSH U at work Posted: May 08, 2020 at 06:37 PM (#5948983)

Thought the same, but I can't think of him wearing Royals gear in any of the iconic Nike images.

I guess the Better Call Saul stuff is fine, but I bet more people watched that Fantasy Island episode. But, at that point (1978), Brett was just a good young player. He hadn't really become nationally famous like he did in '80.

Rough category for the Missouri teams. The only other Cardinals thing I could think of was that I'm pretty sure it was a Cardinals game that the family attended in the Steve Martin movie Parenthood. I always liked that flick when I was young.


It may not be well known, but the aforementioned Lorde item would have been one of the best ones in the entire feature. That was one of the biggest singles of the decade, and it was spurred by an old photo of George Brett signing baseballs in National Geographic. That's a spectacular pop culture moment.
   98. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 08, 2020 at 09:11 PM (#5949005)
That was like awarding Major League to the Yankees (or Brewers, for Ucker or Vuckovich).


Major League was the biggest pop culture moment for Milwaukee County Stadium.

   99. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2020 at 11:20 PM (#5949009)

Thought the same, but I can't think of him wearing Royals gear in any of the iconic Nike images.


He wore a Royals uniform for the most two most prominent Nike ads. Bo Knows. Bo knows Diddly.

What about the Expos? The only reference I can think of is on the Simpsons. "I"m Tomukazu Ohka of the Montreal Expos!"
   100. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: May 09, 2020 at 12:19 PM (#5949041)
Wouldn't the best Cardinals pop culture moment be The Winning Team with Ronald Reagan as Pete Alexander?

I mean, that strikeout in the '26 World Series came when he was on St. Louis.
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