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6 Baseball Movies That Need the MLB 'Field of Dreams' Treatment

What are some other classic films that we need to bring back in an MLB themed game?

With the Field of Dreams Game scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Thursday, it got me thinking about one thing. Are there other movies (that aren't overrated) that we could turn into a theme for an MLB game?

Field Of Dreams

"Field Of Dreams" is a movie from 1989 starring Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones. I don't need to spell out the rest of the film's description, but what I will relay is this. When it was announced the first year that MLB was doing a "Field Of Dreams" themed game, a lot of people wondered aloud whether perhaps this movie was a little "boomerish" of a film for MLB to choose to celebrate, especially when MLB's focus the last few seasons was to try and bring in a younger audience.

That may seem like a cop-out because frankly, MLB can't honor a "new" baseball movie from the last ten years. It would be silly. MLB could instead next time choose a different film, a thematically different movie. Let's think of a few options.

Major League

I'll be the first to admit it. This one would be problematic. For starters, they're not called the "Indians" anymore, and that's a good thing. Secondly, even though this is one of my favorite baseball films and it's incredibly funny, how would they theme it? Bob Eucker could call the game (and that would be awesome) but what else could they do? 

"How about a series of fines for good play," like Charlie Donovan quips in the movie. "Maybe a $30,000 bonus for the guy voted least valuable player."

The Sandlot

This film is timeless. My seven-year-old daughter watched this for the first time a few weeks ago and she loved it. That is proof (proof enough for me, because my daughter is going through a phase of being skeptical of enjoying things at the moment) that this movie would still appeal to people of all ages. "The Sandlot" will be 30 years old in 2023 and it would be a perfect time for MLB to make a "Sandlot" game. For the safety of the players, the field would have to be well-kept, but you could make a useable field in an inner city for one game and it would be incredible.

There could be a tree house in left, a dilapidated fence just behind it with a dog-loving owner on his porch. You could even have the visiting team wear old-school Little League uniforms to replicate the big game against the bullies. 

This is something I badly want MLB to do. It would be perfect and a lot of MLB fans would enjoy it.

Moneyball

The Oakland Athletics take on the Baltimore Orioles. Done. 

Little Big League and Rookie of the Year

The sport is dedicated to the child that lives in all of us. Now it would be great to have a 12-year-old run a team for one game. It doesn't even have to matter all that much. Nobody is watching the Rays anyway. Have some kid who pulls a ticket out of a candy bar run the operation for some game in July. 

Angels In The Outfield

MLB should do an MLB-themed game in Anaheim where they have fans flap their wings to try and help their team win a game. They could pay Joseph Gordon-Leavitt to just stand up in the ninth from his expensive seats and flap until Shohei hits his fifth bomb of the game.

Last Thoughts

As I went into this, it became apparent that there are not a lot of baseball movies that could be easily themed into a real MLB game. Perhaps I should give Major League Baseball more credit. Who is their commissioner again? Nevermind.

What baseball movies would you want to see turned into a game? Let us know on Twitter at @EnFuegoNow or @AJontheguitar.