What I’ve learned from movies: A lesson for the 2013 Mets

If I’ve learned anything from the great sports movies of the past it’s that a team of unlikely underdogs is more than capable of winning it all.  ‘Major League’, ‘The Bad News Bears’, ‘Rookie of the Year’, ‘Cool Runnings’, ‘The Replacements’, ‘Slap Shots’, ‘The Mighty Ducks’, ‘Caddy Shack’ etc… They all show us that if a team can be convinced to believe and is willing to try strange tactics for success, they can beat the far superior but inherently evil opposition.  So…

Lucas Duda needs to sacrifice a live chicken to Jobu so he can, “Hit curveball.”

David Wright needs to organize the infield defense into a “Flying V.”

Break Dillon Gee’s shoulder and hope it heals in such a way to give him a cannon arm.

Whenever Daniel Murphy needs to make a play the crowd at Citi-Field needs to chant, “Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na…”

When in doubt, Johan Santana should just start hitting opposing players with a hockey stick.

The Wilpons should hire a defamed former player (Barry Bonds?) to help train the players.

Terry Collins should get the team arrested so they can perform a choreographed dance number in jail.

Sandy Alderson can even hire a 15 year old girl to be the team’s #5 starter.

Reality doesn’t follow the movies.  If it did, the Yankees would have signed Kevin Costner to a life-long contract ages ago.  What does follow the movies is that success starts with belief.

I believe in the 2013 Mets.  I believe they CAN succeed and that, if the ball bounces their way, they WILL succeed.  A baseball season is long.

6 comments for “What I’ve learned from movies: A lesson for the 2013 Mets

  1. January 5, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Great premise!

    While it wasn’t about an unlikely underdog, I still like Bull Durham’s message that the best way for a young player to have success is to hook up with an older, pot smoking Baseball Annie who gets you into cross dressing and poetry.

    I nominate Nieuwenhuis.

    • David Groveman
      January 7, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Den Dekker looks more naive and innocent.

  2. jerseymet
    January 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Or Fred Wilpon, portrayed by Kevin Costner, hearing delusional voices, voice over by Bernie Madoff, plows under the farm system to build a new ball park. Believing that if he builds it the fans will come.

    • David Groveman
      January 7, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Nothing like adding a dose of bummer to a silly blog post. No dramas. We’re sticking to sports comedy here.

  3. AJ
    January 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    If Hollywood had any influence on baseball reality, last year’s Series would have featured the Orioles and Pirates.

    • David Groveman
      January 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

      If Michael Bay had influence the World Series would have been interrupted by a meteor crash-landing in the stadium and a race of giant sentient robots would challenge man-kind to a game of baseball for the fate of Earth. It would be mostly explosions and CG effects and Shia LaBoeuf would both star in it and later pan it as the hideous tripe he knew it was.

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