Every MLB Team as a Movie

Mark MillerCorrespondent INovember 21, 2011

Every MLB Team as a Movie

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    Baseball is certainly one of the most unique sports out there. From the history of Major League Baseball to its many unwritten rules, baseball is unlike any other sport in many ways.

    That doesn't mean it doesn't have its similarities to the rest of the world. As you read through this slideshow you'll see we can even compare every MLB team to a movie.

    It could be based on something as simple as its title, as detailed as its plot line or as telling as the message it sends.

    If anyone out there has any ideas for other movies that could fit with your favorite team, feel free to chime in.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Rudy

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    Outside of Arizona it doesn't seem like anyone gave the Diamondbacks a chance at contending in 2011.

    Kirk Gibson proved that his team did have what it took as he led the Diamondbacks to a 94-68 record and gave the Milwaukee Brewers all they could handle in the ALDS.

Atlanta Braves: Derailed

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    As the regular season entered its final month, the Atlanta Braves had a 9.5-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL Wild Card spot.

    It's safe to say things derailed for the Braves as they would inexplicably go on to lose 20 of their last 30 games, paving the way for the Cardinals to make an improbable run toward a World Series championship.

Baltimore Orioles: The Terminal

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    In The Terminal, Tom Hanks plays a foreigner that ends up stuck in an airport for an extended period of time.

    That situation has to be something the Baltimore Orioles can relate to, as they've been at or near the bottom of the AL East in every season since 2004.

Boston Red Sox: The Money Pit

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    Much like Tom Hanks and Shelly Long in The Money Pit, the Boston Red Sox witnessed a big investment faltering from the start as it failed to pay off.

    All eventually ended well in the movie, so the Boston Red Sox can only hope they same goes for Carl Crawford as he looks to forget his 2011 campaign.

Chicago Cubs: New in Town

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    In one of the biggest moves the Chicago Cubs have made in years, Theo Epstein's arrival in the windy city will hopefully revitalize a franchise that looks to find its way to a World Series.

Chicago White Sox: Up in the Air

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    "Up in the Air" is probably about the best way to describe the status of the Chicago White Sox right now.

    After giving Adam Dunn a four-year, $56 million contract this past offseason he failed to live up to expectations and had a miserable season by all accounts.

    The always-eccentric Ozzie Guillen has headed south to manage the Marlins as they open their new stadium in 2012, and there appears to be growing concern in Chicago that longtime ace Mark Buehrle has played his last game in a White Sox uniform.

Cincinnati Reds: Memento

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    The Cincinnati Reds made a huge stride in 2010, making their first postseason appearance since 1995.

    Much like the plot of Memento, however, the Reds went backwards in 2011, finishing four games under .500 and third in the NL Central.

Cleveland Indians: Inception

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    Most people didn't have high expectations for the Cleveland Indians entering the 2011 season, yet they came out of the gates hot in taking an early lead in the AL Central. Could this be a dream?

    The dream continued in Cleveland as the Indians stayed competitive and even made one of the biggest deadline deals of the season in acquiring ace Ubaldo Jimenez. A dream within a dream, maybe?

    A blast from the past came back to town as Jim Thome returned to his old stomping grounds in a final effort to push back into the AL Central race.

Colorado Rockies: Jerry Maguire

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    Colorado Rockies manager Dan O'Dowd clearly wasn't happy with the results of the 2011 season as he reiterated the disappointment he felt about the offense that remained stagnant and a pitching staff that underperformed.

    It's likely that the Rockies will enter a new rebuilding phase this offseason as they look to create a new look for their team that will hopefully get them over the hump.

Detroit Tigers: October Sky

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    Having been absent from the playoffs since 2006 the Detroit Tigers made big strides in 2011, coming ever so close to reaching the World Series.

    Successful additions to the Tigers like Doug Fister and Delmon Young give the team hope for even better seasons ahead, as they appear to be well ahead of their AL Central counterparts.

Houston Astros: Kazaam

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    Much like the 106-loss Houston Astros, this movie is just hard to watch.

Kansas City Royals: Big

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    With a team chock full of rookies and other newcomers to the league, the Kansas City Royals appear to mostly be a group of boys in a man's world. 

    They're the youngest team in the league and are full of potential that could propel them up the AL Central standings in the coming years.

Los Angeles Angels: The Under Achievers

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    With the fourth-largest payroll in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels had the makings of a team that could push deep into the playoffs.

    Big-money acquisitions like Vernon Wells failed to pan out as planned, and the Angels' offense failed to live up to expectations, underachieving all along the way as they finished 10 games out in the AL West.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Mrs. Doubtfire

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    With a bitter divorce headlining the plots of both Mrs. Doubtfire and the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, positivity ultimately rears it's head towards the ending. 

    On the movie side, Robin Williams' character ultimately earns custody of his children, and on the baseball side of things positive stories like Clayton Kershaw's Cy Young award and Matt Kemp's potential MVP trophy give hope for the future of the organization.

Miami Marlins: Field of Dreams

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    After years without a serviceable stadium to play in, the Miami Marlins finally begin play in their new stadium in 2012.

    They're hoping that the famous quote "If you build it, they will come" proves to be true.

Milwaukee Brewers: Animal House

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    The Milwaukee Brewers' season did end on a sour note, as they lost in the NLCS to division rival St. Louis.

    But you can't deny that this team had as much fun as any other throughout the course of the season.

Minnesota Twins: The Exorcist

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    The Minnesota Twins have enjoyed a great deal of success in the past decade, making six postseason appearances since 2002.

    However much like the demon-child in The Exorcist, the Twins' 2011 season was just ugly as they lost nearly 100 games and struggled mightily in aspects they almost always thrived in.

New York Mets: Home Alone 2

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    The New York Mets have enjoyed some great seasons during their franchise's history, but by all accounts they're consistently overshadowed by the Yankees.

    It'd be hard for any team to live up to an in-city rival that has an astounding 27 World Series titles to its name, but as it stands the Mets really are "lost in New York."

New York Yankees: Too Big to Fail

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    Teams all inevitably have their ups and downs and sometimes have a season that falls well below expectations.

    When this happens the teams often begin a rebuilding process. With the Yankees, that's not an option. Failure isn't accepted in the world of the Bronx Bombers, so instead of rebuilding, they reload.

Oakland Athletics: Moneyball

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    If you don't understand the obvious connection, you probably shouldn't be reading this slideshow.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Limitless

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    Despite another losing season in Pittsburgh, the Pirates have plenty of reason to think they're headed in the right direction for future successes.

    After so many seasons of selling off players at the deadline, the Pirates were actually in a position to make acquisitions in 2011.

    With players like Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker leading the way, the possibilities could be limitless if the right moves are made.

Philadelphia Phillies: The Hangover

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    With one of the most feared pitching rotations in recent history and an offense capable of punishing opposing teams, you'd have to think the Philadelphia Phillies would've had a clear shot at the World Series.

    Much to the dismay of Phillies fans everywhere, the team was ousted in the NLDS by the St. Louis Cardinals, leaving them wondering what just happened much like the crew in The Hangover.

San Diego Padres: 127 Hours

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    The San Diego Padres really appear stuck as a franchise, as James Franco's character was for much of 127 Hours.

    With an exceedingly low payroll the Padres don't have the flexibility to make impactful free-agent acquisitions, while at the same time watching their top talent exit for larger-market teams.

San Francisco Giants: The Trigger Effect

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    The Trigger Effect centers around an extended power outage in a suburban California town and the instability that follows.

    The San Francisco Giants experienced a power outage of their own in 2011, finishing 29th in runs scored and on-base percentage, 28th in batting average and 26th in slugging percentage. 

Seattle Mariners: The Truman Show

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    Truman Burbank lives what he thinks is a happy life in his hometown in The Truman Show, and he's content to stay where he is.

    Much like Burbank, the Seattle Mariners aren't going anywhere. They boast nearly a $90 million payroll yet lost 95 games and finished last in the AL West.

St. Louis Cardinals: Miracle

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    The St. Louis Cardinals' improbable run toward a World Series championship doesn't even come close to comparing to the U.S. 1980 Olympic Hockey Team.

    They did, however, both face long odds but overcame them and defeated top talent, as they both ultimately ended up as the last men standing when it was all said and done.

Tampa Bay Rays: Rocky

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    The undersized Rocky Balboa ultimately showed that he had what it took to stand up against bigger, tougher competition.

    The Tampa Bay Rays did much the same in 2011 as they outplayed the Boston Red Sox, a team with a payroll nearly four times their size, for the AL Wild Card berth.

Texas Rangers: 40-Year-Old Virgin

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    After 40 seasons in Texas, the Rangers still have yet to taste World Series glory.

    They've come up just short in the past two seasons but do have the makings of a team ready to reach their ultimate goal.

Toronto Blue Jays: Wedding Crashers

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    The Toronto Blue Jays had a great deal of success in the early 1990s but have failed to make any noise in the AL East ever since.

    They're headed in the right direction with sluggers like Jose Bautista leading the way, and with some more impact players they could be crashing the AL East party in the coming seasons.

Washington Nationals: Back to the Future Part II

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    It's hard to believe that Nike will be selling self tying sneakers and kids will be scooting around on hoverboards in the future, but when you look at the make up of the Washington Nationals organization it's not hard to believe that they could have a bright future.

    Stephen Strasburg and up and coming prospect Bryce Harper are two players that the Nationals are building their organization around, and if they both pan out long term they'll pay dividends for years to come.