As I was cleaning my room reorgainzing my DVD collection and culling the herd of PS2 games (Seriously, do I still need to keep Madden '04 when I have '05? Should I keep Triple Play '03 when I have MVP '05?) I came across a DVD I haven't watched in a long time. And for good reason.
That movie was The Scout.
Here on AN there's been many a discussion about the best baseball movies. Movies such as Bull Durham, The Natural and The Sandlot are mentioned frequently, but what about bad ones?
My personal vote is for The Scout. The baseball is fanciful to put it politely. The climax of the film is when the protagonist throws a perfect game, with 27 consecutive strikeouts (WTF?). He also provides all the offense his team needs by hitting every ball thrown at him out of the park.
The kicker is, that character is supposed to be a pitcher for the Yankees, an AL team (no duh), and they're playing at home.
DH Rule anybody? I can't believe the amount of cameos by real baseball people in this movie, but I guess they had nothing better to do because this was made during the strike year (1994).
Yeah, it's supposed to be a light hearted comedy and there is some funny parts, but inside this "baseball movie" is also a psycholgical back story about child abandonment. There were many "awww" moments that I just found insufferable. The movie couldn't decide on whether if it was a comedy or a "tug at your heartstrings" at (most) times. I can tell you one thing it wasn't, a baseball movie.
I think I'm going to give it to Goodwill or something.
Before I rediscovered this movie I would have said Angels in the Outfield, but not anymore because that movie is Disney movie for kids (while The Scout is a movie for adults) and is not meant to be a serious baseball flick. And it was filmed at the Oakland Coliseum. However, Tony Danza still sucked in his "portrayal" of a pitcher.
So AN, what's your Worst. Baseball Movie. Ever.