Greetings fellow A's fans! In honor of hope, springing and all that is eternal, I'm going to dedicate my radio show, Nobody Knows Hollywood, tomorrow (Tuesday, April 3rd) to the best (and worst) baseball movies.
The show is focused on all things Hollywood, often with a Las Vegas angle (as I live in Sin City these days). As I'm a Bay Area native, though (and always looking for a way to get back), I love to keep my finger on the pulse of my fellow die-hards from the biggedy.
I'd love to hear from you. We're live from 4-5 pm on KUNV HD2 (webstreaming out of UNLV - If you're using iTunes, use this link. (written out here, just in case: http://streaming.kunv.org:8007) and the call-in number is 702-895-3915.
I know the Green and Gold have already earned their first split a week ahead of everyone else, but it's still fun to think: play ball is going to be shouted state-side very soon!!! Let's go Oak-land (the A's still play there, right?).
As is written below, in response to a few who have questioned my reason for posting this or my being an A's fan, I've been here with Athletics Nation since 2005 (though there has been a handle change from the original, "Princemilo" - hence the sig). I've been an A's fan since 1980. Defending my fandom any further (at all, really) seems rather pointless. I responded quickly below because it angers me to be accused of spamming or not being a legitimate fan or member of this community. I don't often post here, but I regularly lurk, recommend and occasionally comment. Being a full-time teacher, G.A., Grad Student and father of two kids under the age of three has a way of taking up time and allowing for little space to "prove" one's fandom by posting -- if that, indeed, is the measure.
I posted this here because, as I wrote above, I genuinely thought it would be fun to talk with fellow A's fans about their favorite baseball movies. There is an assumption on my part, perhaps not entirely fair, that one's favorite doesn't have to do with the fact that you were in the film or not (in whatever capacity). I am a filmmaker, so perhaps this is my conceit. I also believe in the length of time being valuable to the evaluation of a works greatness. In baseball, perhaps more than any other sport, time is an X-factor. The game has no clock. The historical roots of the game are deep. This often shows up in the way movies that portray the sport -- there are longer, wider shots with more negative space and loneliness portrayed as individual battles take place within team struggles throughout.
Moneyball, as I've said many times on my show, did this brilliantly with the portrayal of Billy Beane. I dedicated an entire show to the film during the Oscar run-up. I don't feel it was best film last year ("Hugo" got that honor). And I feel it was a very weak crop of films, overall, for Best Picture. I left Moneyball off the original list because of the time factor - in other words, it being too new to consider against films that have stood the test of time. New films -- new anything -- have that feeling of excitement around them simply because they are new. If in ten years Moneyball is still in people's favorites, then it will have achieved that status. As it is, to me in my manner of thinking, it's a relatively new film that was very well done and one that I am proud to own.