Countdown to Spring Training: 2 Days

The countdown is reaching its final hours, my friends.

As I type this, we’re roughly 38 hours away from the first official day of Spring Training.

Most rosters are set at this point, although plenty of free agents—even the high profile types—are still available, but most figure to find jobs before Opening Day.

Not everyone will break camp with the big league club, however, and that leads right into today’s clip about a career minor leaguer who got one brief, fleeting taste of life in the big leagues:

FYI: There is a little F-bomb action in today’s video, so if you’re watching it at work or around kids, I’m going to recommend some headphones!

Growing up Bull Durham was one of my favorite baseball movies of all-time and to this day, I’d say I still pop the DVD in at least half a dozen times a year.

Baseball movies, just like the real game, are as much a part of the history and allure of the game itself.

Who among us doesn’t like to bust out their copy of Field of Dreams, Major League, or For Love of the Game this time of year to get jacked up for the season?

I generally spend all winter watching baseball movie after baseball movie to help get me through until Spring Training and this year was no different.

Although they aren’t real, baseball movies have much of the same lasting impact on fans as the real-deal.

Who doesn’t remember Roy Hobbs home run at the end of the The Natural just as clearly as they remember Bill Mazeroski’s at the end of the 1960 World Series?

Every time I see an image of Babe Ruth’s “called shot,” I immediately think of catcher Jake Taylor’s “called shot” at the end of Major League.

Baseball movies have left such a lasting impression that they have their own exhibit at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

This is the time of year to celebrate the movies and the game.

Heck, you’ve still got 38 hours to kill, why not watch the Bad News Bears series or something…

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About Jeremiah Graves

I am a professional library dude, a cheeseburger enthusiast, a wannabe writer, a slow-pitch softball center fielder, an avid hunter (of churros), a cat-person, and — hopefully — one of your two or three favorite Iowans.
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