Baseball has long been an important element of the Peanuts franchise. The 1977 tome, Sandlot Peanuts, collected nothing but baseball-related comic strips. Joe Shlabotnik rings true for anyone who’s had an affinity for a lousy… Read more »
Every April, nothing steals hours of my sleep on a work night quite like the latest version of Out of the Park Baseball. For the uninitiated, OOTP 18 gives you total control over almost any… Read more »
In the midst of a BttP staff discussion on the merits of Field of Dreams, I found myself on an IMDB list of ‘baseball movies’ (in the traditional sense, not the Sam Miller definition). The… Read more »
“Pitch” debuted Thursday night to some pretty poor ratings, which perhaps isn’t surprising: fictional baseball will always lose to real football. But for those of us 4 million-plus folks who did tune in to the… Read more »
FOX’s “Pitch” debuts tonight and will follow the big-league trials and travails of one fictional Ginny Baker, a “beautiful, tough and gifted athlete (who) is vaulted into instant fame when she’s called up by the… Read more »
In the final part of our ’94 retrospective, we look at two things from that year that probably have little value in 2016: baseball cards, and Major League II. Also included is a brief anecdote… Read more »
The annual rite of Spring is upon us–the release of the 17th iteration of the Out of the Park Baseball sim, out for the general public Tuesday. Much like the other nine versions of the game I’ve… Read more »
In this series, Banished to the Pen turns the clock back to a particular year in baseball from the ’80s and ’90s. Our first entry starts with 1988, the year of one of the most… Read more »
My favorite baseball movie of all time is The Natural. Go ahead, mock me.
I love it for all that is pure fantasy: whittling Wonderboy from a lightning-split tree, whiffing The Whammer, inexplicable shooting by a crazy woman, busted open balls, deadly outfield walls, exploding clocks in Wrigley, Glenn Close sold as attractive, a shadow lurking owner, Wilford Brimley being tangentially related to Kim Basinger, and of course… the bloody hero’s fireworks display.
“It illustrates the dynamics of what happens when a band of outsiders infiltrate a world dominated by the status quo of business and offer a collective ‘eff you’ to the establishment.”