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



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Fans are facing a spring without opening day and maybe a summer without the boys of the summer. Kevin Costner is here to help.


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Today would have been MLB's opening day if not for the coronavirus pandemic that has put everything on hold or canceled immediately . Major League Baseball has delayed the start of the season until at least mid-May, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it pushed further back.

What is a baseball fan to do on an opening day without a new baseball? An alternative is to watch new games on MLB.TV again. The streaming service has opened its arches so you can watch all games from the past two seasons for free. Another alternative is Ken Burns Baseball documentary online at PBS. All nine episodes are available online for free thanks to Ken's thought-provoking proposal and PBS generously accepts it. It will fill more than 18 hours of your quarantine.

A third alternative is to pop some popcorn, maybe cook a sausage or two, sip a beer and settle for a baseball movie or nine. Here are my nine favorites, plus a tenth suggestion for an extra inning for a movie I haven't seen but plan to watch tonight because I've heard it's amazing and I'm hungry for baseball.

The best baseball movie ever made IMHO, and you don't even like baseball to enjoy the romance and comedy in this 1988 classic with 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 buy from various streaming platforms.

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

This 1984 movie starring Robert Redford was my favorite baseball movie until I saw Bull Durham four years later. You can catch Roy Hobb's hero on Netflix.

Perhaps the funniest baseball movie ever made. Released in 1989, it's Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger who are members of the Cleveland Indians who are starting to win in spite of the club's evil owners.

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

"If you build it he will." If you stream it, you see Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer building a baseball diamond in a barley field that attracts the ghosts of the 1919 unscathed 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 Chronicle's 2002 Oakland A & # 39; s and their GM Billy Beane who managed to compete against large market teams with a small market budget. It plays 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 plays Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson breaks the baseball color barrier 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 1992 action film is based on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) reality that appeared up in 1943 when World War II threatened to disrupt Major League Baseball. When the 2020 MLB season is canceled, you can see Geena Davis, Lori Petty and Madonna as players for 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-olds in the summer of 1962 who played baseball and get in and out of trouble together.

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 tries 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 is streaming on Amazon Prime Video and with ads on the Roku channel.

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

Bonus selection: Sugar

I haven't seen this yet but plan to celebrate what would have been opening day by watching this 2009 movie about a young pitcher from the Dominican Republic trying to get to Major Leagues.

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


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