It’s officially the first week of the baseball season, which, for Phillies fans, has been the most anticipated season in history.  With some major moves in the off-season, (bye-bye, Werth, hello Mr. Lee!) the organization has drawn enough enthusiasm to nearly sell out every seat before the gates even open.  At the end of last season our GK crew, along with Rubberband President and Producer, Sue Redmond, had the pleasure of shooting the Phil’s spot thanking fans for the support.  You might see this promo airing as we approach the beginning of the 2011 season. With an attempt to satiate the preseason baseball fever, networks have been showing numerous classic baseball movies.  To get into the mode, here is Get-Kinetic’s attempt at the top 5 greatest baseball movies of all time.

1: The Natural (1984)

Arguably the greatest baseball movie ever made, The Natural not only tells an inspiring story about an aging ball player (as do several other baseball movies), but it maintains an element of mysticism for the game and the player.  Roy Hobbs is the perfect balance of confidence and humility, attributes that define the greatest of players in the eyes of fans.  His moment of glory is possibly the greatest 2minutes in any sports film to date.

2: Field Of Dreams (1989)

Baseball is merely the backdrop for this deeply character driven film.  A man’s blind search for closure is found in his land, the game of baseball, and punctuated by one last catch with his late father.  FOD portrays baseball as something much greater than the people involved, and much deeper than the soil on which the game is played.  This one is never left out of any conversation on greatest sports movies ever made.

3: A League of their Own (1992)

With the advantage of a brilliant score and perfect casting, this timepiece comedy is a calculated recipe of heart, humor, and Americana.  By tugging on the heart strings and filling the script with quotable one liners this ride through the WWII era all-American Girls Baseball League is always a good watch whenever you catch it.

4: Bull Durham (1988)

This is the epitome of a baseball movie.  This film’s genuine perspective on the game is courtesy of director and writer/former minor league ball player, Ron Shelton.  The dugout banter and off field antics gracelessly endear an audience while telling, once again, the story of an aging ball player.

5: The Sandlot (1993)

It may be for an adolescent audience, but this is a heart felt wholesome baseball story told from a much wiser narrative perspective than the characters at play.  It’s the kind of movie that gaps generations and keeps you buying in to the cheap laughs.  It’s junk food for the soul.

Take it or leave it, these movies are true to both cinema and baseball.  They continually let you fall in love with the game, only to be rivaled by the real deal.  As the season begins and preseason speculations are met, it will always be the authentic drama and the interweaved affect that baseball has on our culture that maintain it’s status as America’s pastime.