Monday, May 25, 2009

My Top 5 Baseball Movies


Now that Memorial Day has past and summer has 'officially' started its times for a list of my top 5 movies in my favorite genre, the baseball movie. There are lots of movies about America’s Favorite Past Time. It’s tough to narrow it down to just 5…. But here we go.

5. 61* - The Story of Maris and Mantle and the chase for the single season homerun record.

4. Field of Dreams – The guy has voices tell him to build a baseball field in his cornfield so he can play catch with his Dad. I want to go to that field and play catch with my Dad and throw batting practice to Shoeless Joe. First movie on the list starting the all time best baseball movie lead actor.

3. The Sandlot – Every kid growing up had their version of a baseball palace, but not all of them were as cool as the Sandlot. Great movie with the added bonus’ of a great soundtrack and Wendy Peffercorn

2. The Natural – He called his bat ‘Wonder Boy’ and there wasn’t anything Robert Redford couldn’t do on a baseball diamond. This is the movie that gave us "The" Home Run Music.

1. Bull Durham – This movie has it all, great baseball action, great storyline and Susan Sarandon is hot. Crash Davis is the man.

Honorable Mention - The Rookie, Major League, Eight Men Out, League of Their Own (Tom Hanks is so genius in this movie)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Remembering Goofing Off At Work


I was working at the Office Max Distribution Center... we used to play "tag" with this tape ball. She was a innocent caught in the crossfire. I can remember it like it was yesterday.

One of the guys that was in the "game" was standing about 30 yards away.. facing away from me. I had the tape ball (about the size of a softball) and he was in my sights. I had my laser sights locked on my target and I began a Bret Favre style hail-mary windup.

I bring my arm over and release the ball with the velocity of a patriot missile... I was happy inside knowing that this throw, when it struck my target, was going to destroy all and leave a heck of a welt. Perhaps sting for upwards of 15 minutes... OH THE JOY! I laughed maniacally.

Then... the tape ball I had fired on target with such precision, began to gently drift off course. I don't know if it was a breeze or maybe the simple flapping of butterfly's wings. But whatever it was... my perfectly aimed shot was NOT going to hit it's target. Oh the terror! I mean, I had unfurled a game ending shot and I though it was simply going fly right by my intended target and simply skip across the warehouse floor, and slide to rest under some dirty warehouse shelf. I was crushed.

BUT THEN... out of nowhere. SHE. Gloria! A more fitting name could not have been chosen by Tom Clancy himself. She was there. Stepping blindly and un-knowingly into the line of fire. My shoulder fired rocket of bubble wrap and packing tape, was now flying directly at the side of her head.

Then It Nailed Her.

The expression of fear, terror, shock and anger the likes of which I'd never seen or hope to see again came to her face through now watering eyes. I flurry of Spanish, English and a I think Japanese obscenities flew from her lips and she began to chase me and swat me with a clipboard... I think she put a Mexican voodoo curse on me that day.

Looking back now... I did fire the shot that ended the game, all it took was a innocent caught in the crossfire. We (the ones in the game) were all taken to the office and threatened within an inch of our jobs and all told that the "grab-assing and dick smacking" need to stop... THE WAR WAS OVER and I fired the last shot.

This achievement is on my resume to this very day

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Top 5 Jimi Hendrix Covers

I’ve always liked hearing cover songs. I like hearing peoples takes on the music they love. When it comes to Hendrix his style was so unique at the time and so copied and expanded on as years have past, I think it’s cool to see where these songs go in the hands of extremely capable musicians, like the ones on this list. These are my favorites.

5 All Along The Watchtower – Dave Matthews Band – It’s a cover of a cover, Hendrix covered this Bob Dylan song in 1968, but DMB does a great job with this song on the Live at Red Rocks album, it starts off slow and builds into a big, full, angry sounding version of the song

4 Little Wing – Paul Rodgers & Company – I’m not sure where this recording came from but it features Neal Schon (Journey, Santana) on Guitar, and I’ve always loved Paul Rodgers Voice, you can find it an album called The Hendrix Set

3 Bold As Love – John Mayer – Even though he burst on the music scene as softy pop star John Mayer’s guitar chops can not be denied. He is one hell of a guitar player. He does a hell of a job with my favorite Hendrix tune. Check out the live version on Where the Light Is. Also check out his stuff with the John Mayer Trio

2 AngelFiona Apple – I’m not sure where this one came from either. But it’s been on my MP3 play list since I was “barrowing” them from Napster way back in the day. It’s a slow sexy version that Fiona does so well.

1 Little WingStevie Ray Vaughan – This is hands down my favorite song…ever. I’ve listened to at least 36000 and 1 times since the first time I heard. I used to just listen to it over and over. Release on The Sky Is Crying, after the 1990 helicopter crash that took his life. It’s nearly 7 minutes long and goes through the full range of tone and emotions… I love it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Top 5 Tuesday - Top 5 Val Kilmer Movies

My top 5 movies that feature Val Kilmer.

5-Top Gun

Classic Movie… Although I think it maybe one of the first chick flicks disguised as a dude movie. How can this ever be considered a chick flick you ask? Think about the whole volleyball scene. Then the whole love story plot line and Maverick loses his best friend Goose… but chick flick or not Val Kilmer is harsh as Lt. Tom 'Iceman' Kazansky

4-Wonderland

A crime movie based on true events, Kilmer plays porn actor John Holmes

3-Heat

This is just a flat out badass cops and robber’s movie. Kilmer is a hardcore thief with a bad gambling problem and smoking hot wife played by smoking hot Ashley Judd

2- Tombstone

Doc Holliday… Kilmer plays a badass in one of the most badass westerns of all time

1- Real Genius

Kilmer play a super-smart genius college kid that gets back at his A-hole professor, who’s selling his genius work to the government as weapon, by filling his house with popcorn. Hi-jinks in sues from start to finish in this movie. Why did I make it my number one, because anytime it’s on I must watch it, no matter what part of the movie I come in at. It makes me happy.

I suggest you watch'em all... This weekend. I know I will.