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8 Baseball Movies That Have Zero Understanding of How Baseball Actually Works

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Baseball season has officially begun! You know who loves baseball? Hollywood. America’s pastime and movies go together like overpriced beers and any MLB ballpark. But for every great baseball movie like Bull Durham, there’s a baseball movie that is clearly made by people who don’t know sh*t about baseball.

So whether you’re routing for your favorite team today or rolling your eyes because you couldn’t care less, we can at least all agree that these movies pack some serious WTF factor. Here are 8 movies that have an incredibly hard time grasping a relatively simple game.


8. BASEketball

In all fairness, they aren’t really trying to get baseball right. Or anything right. This movie is pretty spot-on for the type of dumb games you make up when you’re drunk with your friends.


7. Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch

Remember Bud, the overachieving Golden Retriever that could basically play every sport ever? Not only did he make every other dog’s ability to catch a frisbee or lick its own nether regions look a lot less impressive, but he also never got the memo that a dog could never play in the Major Leagues.


6. Ed

Hollywood really tried making that whole “animals playing sports” thing work in the late ’90s. Ed was not just your average chimp, though. He was apparently the Yoda of baseball, only in ape form. Could a chimp technically learn to play baseball? Sure. Could Matt LeBlanc ever have a hit movie career after this? Nope.


5. Angels in The Outfield

So the premise of this 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name is that some manager is an epic asshole of Lou Piniella proportions (Google the reference, non-baseball fans). Then he starts hallucinating and sees angels on the field who help the California Angels (get it??) win their division over their rival the Chicago White Sox. Only, those two teams aren’t in the same division so that would never happen.

4. Rookie of The Year

It’s a tale as old as time: Kid breaks his arm and his tendons heal too tight, leaving him with a rocket for an arm. He then gets recruited to the Majors instead of going to physical therapy to fix his serious medical condition. Also, is anyone else concerned that Gary Busey played a kid’s idol?


3. Mr. 3000

There’s no sport that’s letting any retired player talk himself back onto his old team after bailing during the playoffs. More so, there is no way a team that sucks that bad is keeping the same manager who has been losing for over a decade.


2. The Scout

There is literally no way ever that anyone is striking out 27 batters with 81 consecutive strikes and still throwing so hard he can knock the catcher down. Harry Potter has a better chance of being real than Brendan Fraser’s phenom in this movie. Even more unrealistic is George Steinbrenner letting any Yankee on the field with hair as long as Steve Nebraska’s was.


1. A Kid In King’s Arthur Court

So apparently Thomas Ian Nicholas is the MVP of bad baseball movies.

For some reason a kid gets sent back to Camelot to play baseball because he plays for a team called the Knights? This movie leaves so many questions, mainly what were the Disney execs smoking when they thought this was a good idea to green light?

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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