Major League (1989)

 Just like the movie really is, we’re rated R.

The fictional and half-decade-early-in-reality rise of the laughingstock Cleveland Indians is the order of the day in our 9th dose of Scoring At The Movies. Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Wesley Snipes and the dynamite cast hit a ringing triple in David Ward’s crap-to-great baseball story. Why not use the tired cliche and just say they hit a home run? Well, the flick is stuffed with controversy (sexual assault and stalking, not to mention the team’s name), but the movie is still fun personified. So…let’s call it a triple. Besides, if you can’t find electric joy in the “Wild Thing” scene, then you might as well just move to Florida.

For The Record: Barry Bonds did indeed lead the league in batting average, home runs and RBIs at different points in his career, but not in the same season, so he never won a Triple Crown.

LINKS:

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

1989 U.S. Box Office

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

Links to: Platoon and Bull Durham and Field Of Dreams and Major League II

YouTube links: “juuuuuust a bit outside” and the Cleveland contenders and Cerrano ties the game and one of the coolest scenes in movie history and so cool, they decided to just do it over again in Major League II and “oh my God, the Indians win it!”

Previously on Scoring At The Movies: White Men Can’t Jump

October 18th on Scoring At The Movies: Kingpin