Major League

Major League movie

Here’s a movie I watched as a kid, but not since then — until last night. I finally had the opportunity to sit down and enjoy the 1989 comedy classic, Major League, this time as an adult. I was young enough the first time I watched this movie that I couldn’t really remember the core plot line. Perhaps the thing I remembered most from that first viewing was singing along to “Wild Thing” when Ricky Vaughn took the mound in the division championship game.

My memory did get jogged with regards to some other details. Pedro Cerrano shaving his own head with a massive knife (or a small sword?) had me nodding in recognition. Not to mention the snakes and the almost-chicken-sacrifice. And Willie Mays Hayes dropping to do pushups at the plate during spring training also brought a reminiscent chuckle to my lips.

One thing I did not recall, likely because I was too young to understand it the first time around, was how the new team owner deliberately sought to screw the team over. But, as with any great sports movie, how could I ever forget the Indians’ miraculous winning performance as the season progressed? I definitely appreciated this movie so much more this time. Understanding what is going on can make such an impact.

As for final thoughts, I certainly would not mind enjoying this clip during the seventh inning stretch of the next ballgame I attend, whenever that might be:


NLBM: Celebrating Buck O’Neil

In case you missed the original livestream, the recording of the Negro Leagues Museum’s conversation about Buck O’Neil can still be watched on YouTube. The stories these gentlemen told about Buck were a joy to listen to, and they also had a great conversation about race and baseball in general. If you get the opportunity, it’s definitely worth your time.


Rap battle: Babe Ruth vs. Lance Armstrong

Here’s a weird little video whose existence I find rather mind-boggling. This is from a series called Epic Rap Battles of History, created by a couple guys who call themselves Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD. In this particular video, the creators dress up as Lance Armstrong and Babe Ruth. Armstrong comes under fire for the doping scandal, and Babe Ruth for his lifestyle in general. Pitting an endurance cyclist against a baseball slugger seems a lot to me like comparing apples to oranges, but it makes for an interesting, even entertaining, video all the same.


“The Kid” baseball cartoon

I’m having a difficult time finding additional information about this short video, so if anyone happens to know anything about it, let me know!  I stumbled across this clip this morning, but the poster of the video didn’t include any information about it.  I’m not sure who created the cartoon, nor if the creator had a particular player in mind (“The Kid” seems like a fairly popular nickname in baseball).  I’m also curious about the song.  Listening to it, it sounds vaguely familiar for some reason, but I can’t put my finger on why that is.

In any case, even if you don’t know anything about the origins of this video, it’s a fun little short to watch, and I imagine the song will be stuck in my head the rest of the morning.


Curious George plays baseball

Watching a Curious George clip takes me waaaay back into my childhood.  Watching this as an adult viewer, I can’t help but notice that George is a bit of a ball hog and they certainly took some liberties with the rules about pinch running.  But I would not have noticed these types of things as an eager six-year-old.  And the Cubby Bears vs. the Tiger Babies make for some awfully cute team names.


Mickey Mantle: The Definitive Story

I can’t help but chuckle inwardly a little bit whenever a documentary or book declares itself “definitive” or something similar (really, can any biographical account ever truly be  definitive?).  Nevertheless, this documentary on Mickey Mantle is a good one, and a person can get a good solid overview of his life and career from it.

Even better, if you find yourself unable to get your hands on a copy, you can watch the film through YouTube.


2013 Boston Red Sox poem

After the Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series, Dick Flavin, known as the poet laureate for the Red Sox, released this poem written in their honor.  I love this guy’s energy and sense of humor.  It’s a lot of fun to listen to him read it.


Baseball is hard

The last couple weeks at work have been pretty brutal for me, so the laughs I got from this video are very welcome.  I especially love how so many little kids will run after a ground ball like a football team after a fumble.  Thanks, AFV, for this amusing compilation.


Creating plaques for the Baseball Hall of Fame

This video from 2015 is fascinating to watch.  What a job that must be for Matthews International, to have the privilege to make these plaques!  The Hall of Fame is already a treat to visit, but the story behind the creation of the plaques makes it all the more awe-inspiring.


Softball Stereotypes

Given the number of views this video has accumulated, I’m amazed I never came across it before now.  The stereotypes depicted here by Dude Perfect are hilarious — all the more so because we’ve all encountered at least a few of these in our own baseball or softball experiences.   The Nervous Nellys and Outrageous Umpires particularly struck a chord with me.