Yankees Editorial: Ranking My Favorite Baseball Movies of All-Time

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#8. Fever Pitch (2005)

Before you fall out of your chair, remember, these are MY favorite baseball movies. If I was doing a straight 10-1 ranking, believe me, this film barely makes the top 15, let alone the top 10. However, this is a personal preference list, so it makes the list.

I’ve told the story dozens of times to friends over the years, but my now wife and I began dating shortly after the epic New York Yankees collapse during the 2004 ALCS to the Boston Red Sox. My wife is a diehard Red Sox fan, and I am the maniacal Yankees’ fan. This film, much like my relationship with my wife, developed hot and heavy in a hurry, and resulted in a marriage, two children, and an obsessive love for the game of baseball.

It’s never easy in my household during baseball season, as my 5-year old son has stayed true to the pinstripes, while my 3-year old daughter is a Big Papi gal all the way. Our schedules revolve around our baseball lives, big league, little league, it doesn’t matter. As a writer and editor for two baseball sites, not to mention my own blog, even my wife tired on the grand old game. Not this kid though, and we both enjoy Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, as their love blossoms from the foundation of Fallon’s character teaching Barrymore’s about a love no one can understand unless you have the baseball bug.

Much like Barrymore’s character, my wife oftentimes has to remind me about what’s important, as I’m so focused on following everything baseball, I forget about what is truly important in life. The movie while not the traditional baseball flick, uses the Red Sox 2004 season as a backdrop for the love that develops between two people from polar opposite ends of the spectrum, and at the end of the day, they both figure out there is room for everything in one’s life. Fever Pitch always puts a smile on my face, and makes me remember why I love my wife so much.