From Patrick Dubuque at Baseball Prospectus on May 28, 2018:
Welcome to the second annual Short Relief Memorial Day extravaganza. Last year, we took the holiday as an opportunity to discuss our favorite baseball commercials. This year, our focus moves to the big screen: mostly films, with the occasional television show thrown in.
There’s no shortage of material, both published and slurred drunkenly on a Saturday night, about which is the best baseball movie of all time. It’s a fine debate, insofar as there are only about ten actual baseball movies in the public consciousness, and another dozen that are baseball-tangential. What the staff at BP would like to do today, instead, is talk about our favorite baseball scenes from non-baseball movies, and how the national pastime blends (or fails to blend) into popular culture. Whether it’s the cringeworthy attempt by non-sports people to represent the game, or the subtle use of baseball in a grander metaphor, it’s interesting to watch how baseball and cinema collide.
So get some coffee, find those headphones, and enjoy.
Read the full article here: https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/40223/long-relief/
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Originally published: May 29, 2018. Last Updated: May 29, 2018.