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Nine baseball movies to watch now while you wait for the MLB season to begin



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Fans face a spring without an opening day and perhaps a summer without the boys of summer. Kevin Costner is here to help.


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Today would be the opening day of MLB had it not been for the pandemic coronavirus that put everything on hold or outright canceled . Major League Baseball has postponed the start of the season until at least mid-May and I wouldn't be surprised if it pushes further back.

What should a baseball fan do on an opening day without new baseball? One option is to view recent games on MLB.TV. watch again. The streaming service has opened its safes so you can watch every game from the past two seasons for free. Another possibility is Ken Burns' online documentary Baseball at PBS. All nine episodes are available online for free, thanks to the thoughtful suggestion from Ken and PBS that it generously accepts. It will fill more than 18 hours of your quarantine.

A third option is to pop some popcorn, maybe cook a hot dog or two, crack a beer, and settle on a baseball movie or nine. Here are my nine favorites, plus a tenth suggestion for a movie I haven't seen, but plan to watch tonight because I've heard it's great and I'm starving for baseball.

The best baseball movie ever made IMHO, and you don't even have to love baseball to enjoy the romance and comedy of this 1988 classic featuring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. You can stream it for free (but with ads) on Amazon Prime Video or Vudo, or with a FuboTV subscription. It is also available to rent or purchase from various streaming platforms.

Rent or Buy: Apple, FandangoNow, Google Play, YouTube

This 1984 movie with Robert Redford was my favorite baseball movie until I saw Bull Durham four years later. You can catch Roy Hobbs' exploits on Netflix.

Possibly the funniest baseball movie ever made. Released in 1989, Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger star as members of the Cleveland Indians who start winning despite the club's bad owner.

Rent or Buy: Amazon, Apple, FandangoNow, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube

"If you build it, he will come." If you stream it, you'll see Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer who builds a baseball diamond in a cornfield that attracts the spirits of the disgraced 1919 Chicago Black Sox team, including Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe Jackson.

Rent or Buy: Amazon, Apple, FandangoNow, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube

Based on the best-selling book by Michael Lewis, the 2011 film describes the Oakland A & # 39; s from 2002 and their GM Billy Beane who managed to compete with large market teams with a small market budget. It stars Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Chris Pratt in supporting roles.

Rent or Buy: Amazon, Apple, FandangoNow, Vudu, YouTube

This 2013 movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier of baseball in 1947 as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Harrison Ford plays Dodgers GM Branch Rickey.

Rent or Buy: Amazon, Apple, FandangoNow, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube

The plot of this 1992 movie is based on the real All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) which emerged in 1943 when World War II threatened to disrupt Major League Baseball. With the 2020 MLB season disrupted, you can watch Geena Davis, Lori Petty and Madonna play as players for the Rockford Peaches, with Tom Hanks as the club's manager.

Rent or Buy: Amazon, Apple, FandangoNow, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube

My 12 year old son's favorite baseball movie, this 1993 movie is about a group of 12 year old kids who played baseball in the summer of 1962 and got in and out of trouble.

Rent or Buy: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube

Here's a Curve Ball for you. Fastball is not a feature film, but a 2016 documentary that attempts to answer the question: Who threw the fastest pitch in baseball history? It features Hank Aaron, Derek Jeter, Nolan Ryan, Justin Verlander and other baseball legends and is told by – you guessed it – Kevin Costner. It streams on Amazon Prime Video and with ads on the Roku channel.

Rent or Buy: Amazon, Apple, FandangoNow, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube

Bonus Choice: Sugar

I haven't seen this yet, but plan to celebrate what Opening Day would by watching this 2009 movie about a young pitcher from the Dominican Republic trying to make it to the Major Leagues.

Buy: Amazon, Apple, FandangoNow, Google Play, YouTube
Rent or buy: Vudu


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