Though most of you devoted readers may know me as a baseball fan and historian, those closest to me know that I'm also a huge film and TV nerd. Seriously, my Netflix queue is full of everything from Italian horror movies to seasons of Night Court, so you have an idea how eclectic my tastes are.
Thus, when a baseball player makes an appearance in a movie or on one of my favorite shows, I understandably go crazy with excitement.
Be it Keith Hernandez romancing Elaine on Seinfeld or Ken Griffey Jr.'s silent but deadly cameo in Little Big League, our favorite ballplayers venturing into the entertainment world is almost like a breath of fresh air. It's kind of nice to see that they're more than just jocks and can take time out of their schedule to provide the fans a chuckle or meaningful moment away from the stadium.
The fact that New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, easily the biggest pretty boy in MLB, was willing to play a bum in the Will Ferrell comedy The Other Guys shows that deep down, he's a complete goofball.
Oddly enough, Jeter isn't the first player to test his acting chops. Still, along with some others, his cameo is one of the best in baseball-player-acting history.