Padres Editorial: Friars On Base Ranks Their Favorite Baseball Movies Part I

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James Clark discusses #6-The Natural:

When I hear the Academy Award-winning score from The Natural, goose bumps come over my body. The movie was made in 1984 and has an excellent cast led by Robert Redford and Robert Duvall. Director Barry Levinson brought humor and drama together in this 138-minute classic. The iconic scene where Robert Redford’s character Roy Hobbs steps up to the plate, hurt and bleeding. Coming to the realization that his son was there watching him for the first time. He’s hurt and bleeding, beaten down by life, past his prime.

Hobbs promptly gets behind in the count and on a 0-2 pitch, blasts a majestic shot deep into the rainy night. The home run is so far it hits a transformer in the light tower and a showering of sparks fall upon the field as Roy Hobbs, “The Natural” circles the bases.

The music blares as he circles and I cannot help but to get that emotional feeling that I can do anything. That is truly movie magic at it’s finest, and that why I choose The Natural as my favorite baseball movie.

Editor’s Note: So, what do you think so far? There’s been a little bit of everything on this list, ranking 11 to 6. Be sure to check back in with us on Saturday, as we conclude the Friars On Base staff rankings of our favorite baseball movies of all-time, and unveil numbers five through one! ~B.B.

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