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Friday, October 09, 2009
Steven Soderbergh to try and make another baseball movieNot Moneyball, according to MTV Movies blogger Larry Carroll:
“Yeah, I have another idea for a baseball movie that actually doesn’t have any baseball in it,” the “Informant!” filmmaker revealed to us recently and more than a bit cryptically. “I am going to see MLB when I’m in New York to talk to them about it.”
Carroll speculates that it could be a Jose Canseco/steroids or a Pete Rose kind of thing. Those ideas sound too ESPN-cheapie-movie to me. Any guesses about what real-life baseball story would be Soderbergh-worthy? He already did "Solaris" and I can't see anything moving slower than that, so "The Steve Trachsel Story" is out.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 3:39pm
Posted 10/09 at 03:55 PM
Billy Bean. Not that one, the other one.
Posted 10/09 at 04:17 PM
Bill @ the daily something said...
Two very good guesses. I’d love to see the Billy Bean one.
Posted 10/09 at 04:42 PM
Gay baseball player, that was Piazza right, joking, kinda.
Posted 10/09 at 04:52 PM
It couldn’t be Bonds, could it?
Posted 10/09 at 04:53 PM
I was thinking something along the lines of Josh Hamilton, too.
JR Richard, Ken Caminiti, Donnie Moore, Darryl Strawberry, Doc Gooden?
How about the struggle of a Cuban defector?
Manny’s exodus from Boston?
Posted 10/09 at 04:55 PM
Mode: Theif and Lair said...
a baseball movie that actually doesn’t have any baseball in it
Didn’t they make this aleady? It was called “Bull Durham.”
Posted 10/09 at 05:04 PM
Curt Flood seems like the most obvious choice.
Posted 10/09 at 05:08 PM
The Rabbit said...
A question for the lawyers: If the movie doesn’t actually have baseball in it, would Soderbergh really need MLB’s blessing if it were a retired player?
Posted 10/09 at 05:19 PM
Detroit Michael said...
Posted 10/09 at 05:20 PM
Second Moe Berg, but as a wish, not a guess. I’m not sure if he’d need MLB blessing for that one.
Posted 10/09 at 05:35 PM
Kevin S. said...
The Rabbit, I thought Ted Williams too, though I would be happy if they did it. I think there’s a ton of potential with the Splinter’s career and life.
Posted 10/09 at 06:45 PM
Gotta be Dykstra.
Posted 10/09 at 06:50 PM
That last paragraph is interesting. He mentions “life rights” and talking to MLB, but not about talking to the actual player. Maybe he has already and got his blessing, but maybe the player is no longer around?
Posted 10/09 at 06:53 PM
Nat Pastime said...
Gotta be Milton Bradley. @$$holes put butts in seats.
Posted 10/09 at 08:40 PM
Chris H. said...
+1 for the Trachsel/Solaris joke.
Could be Ron Santo, though I’m not sure if that story really has legs.
(I am SO SORRY.)
Posted 10/09 at 09:08 PM
Kevin S. said...
Don’t feel bad Chris, I laughed.
Posted 10/09 at 09:48 PM
Alex K said...
Chris- I laughed too. Nice work.
My first thought was Bonds.
Posted 10/09 at 10:41 PM
Brother Who said...
Doc Ellis. No hitter on acid. Beaning 3 guys in a row while hopped up on speed. Turns life around and becomes drug counselor. I’d go see it.
Posted 10/09 at 11:01 PM
It’s going to be about Jeff Blauser. Steve told me last night.
Posted 10/10 at 02:04 AM
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