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Sunday, April 15, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for April 15

April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson: First African American to Play in the MLB

Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color line on this day in 1947 when he played 1st base for the Dodgers. He was the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. That same year, Robinson was the recipient of the inaugural MLB Rookie of the Year Award. He later became an All-Star from 1949-1954 and won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949. In 1997, the MLB retired Robinson’s uniform number of 42 across all major league teams. In 2007, April 15 was dubbed the first Jackie Robinson Day where every player on every team wore the number 42 in his honor, a tradition that continues today.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for October 8

Don Larsen threw a perfect game during the 1956 World Series.

Don Larsen Pitches Perfect Game

It was on this day during Game Five of the 1956 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers that New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen threw a perfect game. Not only was this historical event the only perfect game in World Series history, it was also the only no-hitter of any kind to be pitched in postseason play until Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a no-hitter game on October 6, 2010. Larsen won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award and Babe Ruth Award that same year as well.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Video of the Day: Trailer for "Mercy Rule"

Here is a trailer and a preview scene from the new baseball movie, "Mercy Rule" starring Kirk Cameron and comedian Tim Hawkins in his first acting role. What do you think?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Peanuts Release New Collection


While recent news reported that Charlie Brown and the gang will be featured in a new 3D movie in the near future, earlier this year, Warner Bros. began a new collection of Peanuts cartoon DVD’s. Happiness Is…Peanuts - Go Snoopy Go, the first, features an episode of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show and the TV special, It’s Spring Training, Charlie Brown.

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show was a Saturday morning cartoon series that ran on CBS back in 1983-1985. Rather than telling a single story, the show featured short segments taken straight from the newspaper comic strips. What sounds like a great idea, is ultimately a disappointment to diehard fans. The voice work is not up to par to the classic TV specials, the pace is rather slow and the jokes are surprisingly a lot funnier on the printed page. Still, if your children are peanuts fans, they will probably love it anyway.

Friday, April 19, 2013

‘Home Run’ Couldn’t Have Come at a Better Time


The long-awaited faith-based film, “Home Run,” makes its debut in400+ theaters across the country today. After all the Boston Marathon bombing news this week, our country could use a dose of good news. The baseball-themed movie just might be the ticket.

Home Run” tells the story about a pro-baller who is forced to deal with his substance abuse problem. He returns to his small home town and fakes his recovery in hopes of returning back to his full glory.

The Samuel Goldwyn Film, in association with Provident Films, has been receiving a lot of praise from movie-goers fortunate enough to be able to attend of them film’s screening previews this week. The film is said to provide an honest portrayal of overcoming life’s difficulties and a number of baseball players, pastors and everyday folk seem to agree.

“The movie “Home Run” is great for not only baseball fans, but anyone looking to be inspired,” 5-time World Series Champion and New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte is quoted in a recent press release. “The story provides an important reminder that no matter how successful we are, we are all affected by the issues that come along. Only through Jesus we can find the peace and comfort to live this life.”

Jose Alvarez, former big-league pitcher agrees. “We all know people like Cory Brand—successful, yet hurting deeply and perhaps we know them too well because we see them in the mirror every day, says Alvarez. “Home Run” is a gripping movie that reminds us with God’s help, we can break free of whatever is holding us back. This movie is a solid hit!”

Samuel Goldwyn Films and Provident Films have led the way in recent years in producing effective, entertaining and successful faith-based films including “October Baby,” “Fireproof” and “Facing the Giants.” “Home Run” has the advantage of being directed by Cinematographer and director, David Boyd who is known for his work on TV’s “Friday Night Lights” and “The Walking Dead” among others. It also benefits s from star power of Vivica A. Fox, Scott Elrod, Dorian Brown and Charles Henry Wyson.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The ‘Trouble with the Curve’ isn’t the Actors

Mickey (Amy Adams) has a hard time getting her father (Clint Eastwood) to talk.


Warner Bros. Trouble with the Curve marks the feature film directorial debut of Clint Eastwood’s longtime producing partner, Robert Lorenz. Not surprisingly, it stars Eastwood (sans chair) as an aging baseball scout who may be past his prime. What is a surprise is that this is more of a touchy-feely movie than a sports movie. It is also full of stereotypes, clich├ęs and a few clunky lines. However, what the movie lacks in story-telling, it makes up in star power.

Gus Lobel (Eastwood) has many years of baseball scouting under his belt, who relies on the old school ways of finding future baseball stars. While younger scouts rely more on computer stats, Lobel still travels across the country in search of the next big star. However, the Atlanta Braves are starting to question his judgment and his body is starting to rebel against him. Gus’ boss, Pete (John Goodman), becomes concerned about his old friend and convinces Gus’ daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), to join Gus on his latest scouting trip. While on the trip, they run into Johnny Flanagan(a name that is just as flashy as Justin Timberlake who stars in the role), a former scouting pick of Gus’ who had to give up the game due to an injury.

There is no denying that Eastwood and Adams make a good acting pair. Eastwood plays his trademark “angry old man” role and Adams, an ice queen. Timberlake plays the sensitive good guy. The movie is at its best when Eastwood and Adams are together. She looks like one of the few actresses who can get away with telling Mr. Eastwood off. Timberlake on the other hand is just “okay” with his role which doesn’t have much depth. He is like a puppy wanting attention of two emotionally distant characters who love each other, but can’t seem to find the words to tell the other one.

In addition, there are a couple side stories with predictable outcomes including one with Matthew Lillard as the Braves’ Associate Director of Scouting and the villain of the story. He would like nothing better than to take Gus’ place. Give him a mustache and he would make a wonderful Snidely Whiplash.

Finally, the movie tries too hard to be sentimental. Johnny is first seen pretending to be a sports announcer at a Little League-ish game. Later, he and Mickey decide to dance on the sidewalk to the music of a local guitar player. At one point, Mickey apparently forgets that she is angry with her father and joyfully runs around the bases only to be upset with her father once again in the next scene. Eastwood crones “You are My Sunshine” at a gravestone.  And on it goes. All well-meaning, but ultimately, provides eye-rolling instead.

The truth of the matter is this – Eastwood, Adams and Goodman are actually over-qualified for this film. If you are a baseball fan, you’ll leave disappointed. If you are in the mood for something sappy, this is your movie. Still, you could do worse. The ultimate theme of the flick is restoration and it ends on a happy note.