1. "Eight Men Out". I'm a sucker for period pieces, and I think this one is well-done. There's an excellent ensemble cast. Is it completely accurate? Probably not, but it's close enough, and it really makes one think about what was motivating these guys to throw the series. David Strathairn turns Eddie Cicotte into a Shakespearean tragic hero.
OK, it's the dead of January and most of the big trades and/or free agent signings have already happened, so there's not much baseball to talk about for at least another month. So what is everyone's favorite baseball flicks of all time? I'll list my top 3 after the jump
2. "Sugar". This one is a sharp reminder that for every Pedro and Vlad, there are many hundreds of Dominican kids coming from poverty who have nothing else to fall back on if they don't succeed in pro ball. The culture clash in Iowa also makes for a compelling story of its own.
3. "Major League". Yeah, it's a little dated, but it's still snarky and funny and eminently quotable. I know I can't watch Dennis Haysbert in a serious role without thinking "$%#@ you, Jobu!"