Saturday, April 04, 2009

One more day...

"The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. "

Opening Day (well, Night) is tomorrow.


  1. I teach this movie every year to my Comp II class. And I just bought my Cards tickets today :)

  2. Opening Day FTW!

    Here's a poser, though-courtesy of Bill Simmons of ESPN. A plot hole you can drive a trailer truck through, that I never noticed until he said it.

    James Earl Jones' character sees these deadball era ballplayers walk out of the cornfield. Where is Willie Wells? Where is John Henry Lloyd? Where is Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson? Where is Jose Mendez and Bullet Joe Rogan?
    Oscar Charleston?

    In short, where are the Negro League stars who everyone, even the white players in the big leagues, acknowledged were good enough to play right alongside them?

    Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, the best shortstop of his day, and arguably one of the top 3 who ever lived, when told John Henry Lloyd was known as "The Black Wagner", replied that he would be flattered if he were called "The White Lloyd".

    And James Earl Jones' character doesn't even NOTICE?

    Do you think the color line still exists in HEAVEN?

  3. I actually have postcards of that field.

  4. Also, the plot hole is easily explained: The James Earl Jones character is really J. D. Salinger. Yes, the novel "Shoeless Joe" had author J. D. Salinger as a character. They changed him just a little bit for the movie.


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