I’m not a Red Sox fan, but I don’t think you have to be to like the movie, “Fever Pitch.” The movie isn’t exclusively about the Red Sox (although it certainly focuses on the Boston team). It’s about relationships, particularly a relationship with baseball. That’s pretty much what my blog is about, isn’t it?
Obviously, I love “Fever Pitch.”
– I am a girl. Therefore, I am genetically programmed to love a mushy ending. I know it’s not realistic, but I still love it. As jaded as I am romantically, I still love it when a movie ends with a fantastic kiss.
– I adore Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore. Separately and together.
– As a baseball fan, I understood Ben’s passion even though I was more like Lindsey until a few years ago. It IS just a game, but in certain situations it can also be so much more.
– And, of course, the movie will always remind me of my good friend Amy, who passed away little more than a year ago. She was the biggest Rangers fan I knew, and she helped me become the fan I am today. She and I saw “Fever Pitch” twice in the theater (once at the good old drive-in near Ennis, Tx) and watched it at least once a month after it came out on DVD. We constantly quoted the movie, particularly the line about “batspeed.” Ha ha.
There are a lot of great lines and scenes in this movie, but I think my favorite is that which I believe sums up my fascination with baseball.
Friend: “Why do we inflict this on ourselves?”
Ben: “Why? I’ll tell you why. ‘Cause the Red Sox never let you down.”
Ben: “That’s right. I mean- What? ‘Just cause they haven’t won a World Series in a century or so? So what? They’re here. Every April, they’re here. At 1:05 or at 7:05 there is a game. And if it gets rained out, guess what. They make it up to you. Does anyone else in your life do that?”
Well, do they??