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Blasphemous Bastards!

3 April, 2004 (16:54) | Film

Everybody should have seen A League of Their Own at some point in time. Last night, I went to see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (which I will review another time if I feel like it), and as we were coming out, Marie and I started arguing about A League of Their Own. I know it’s random and completely off-topic seeing as how we just watched a movie which had absolutely no apparent connection to A League of Their Own, but these things happen. Random things, I mean.

Marie argued that towards the end of the film, when Dot drops the ball after Kit slams into her in the championship game, Dot drops the ball on purpose in order to let Kit win something and finally get out of her shadow. As Marie put it, “it’s a sister thing.” I can see why Dot would do it, but it completely invalidates the entire movie for me. On the one hand, it’s true that the movie is about sisterhood, but it’s also about baseball.

Now, I may get myself in trouble with some of the comments I’m about to make, simply because they might be read as sexist, so I’m prefacing this with six words: THIS IS ABOUT BASEBALL, NOT WOMEN.

Baseball, to me, is an example of a sport; and sport, by definition is about healthy competition. If Dot threw the game by dropping the ball purposefully and willfully, she tarnished the game of baseball and the film in my mind. I always thought that Kit knocked that ball out of her hand; that she earned that victory; that she wanted it more. That sort of thinking is pure ideological sports thinking. I felt that Dot just didn’t care enough about the game. That’s fine. It makes the ending work for me. Dot made it less than a sport. She made it trivial and irrelevant in order to preserve her relationship. Ok, I can deal with that, but Kit still earned it. If Kit didn’t earn it, not only is her own skill and success lessened, but I believe it would ruin their relationship.

Admittedly, at the time baseball was not a woman’s sport, and it seemed as though Dot didn’t really care about baseball, but to undermine its integrity is unforgivable. As a male, I wouldn’t be able to accept someone letting me win. It’s one of the reason why I don’t play easy on kids in board games. A win means so much more when you’ve earned it. If I were Kit and I knew Dot threw the game, it would invalidate the entire game and my entire success. It would force me to look at every success I experienced and wonder if it was earned or given to me.

That being said, when I first heard the theory that Dot threw the game, I dismissed it as a poorly thought-out, incorrect and baseless, but in a conversation with today, she explained she agreed with that assessment. Now, A League of Their Own has officially moved from my list of favorite movies to my list of least favorite movies OFFICIALLY! Never again will I be able to watch the film and not wonder what else has been tarnished for the sake of a relationship.

BAH!

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  • asked how many pairs of siblings have played each other in the MLB.

    According to my research and knowledge, there are 14 sets of siblings who played in the majors at the same time since the modern era began, though I don’t know how many faced each other. There was one father and son who played at the same time and there are at least 26 related pairs of players (cousin, uncle… etc) not including those mentioned before who were contemporaries.

  • asked how many pairs of siblings have played each other in the MLB.

    According to my research and knowledge, there are 14 sets of siblings who played in the majors at the same time since the modern era began, though I don’t know how many faced each other. There was one father and son who played at the same time and there are at least 26 related pairs of players (cousin, uncle… etc) not including those mentioned before who were contemporaries.

  • I don’t think anyone can really say if Dottie dropped the ball on purpose or if Kit did “want it more” as you said. Earlier in the movie, another runner slams into Dottie and knocks her down, and she was able to hold onto the ball, but I don’t think that she consciously let go of the ball so her sister could win. I’ve never really thought about it actually. I hated Dottie. I was so glad she lost.
    Anyway, did you like ES of the SM? I found a hat with the movie logo on it in one of my class rooms and I totally stole it and have been wearing it around.

  • I don’t think anyone can really say if Dottie dropped the ball on purpose or if Kit did “want it more” as you said. Earlier in the movie, another runner slams into Dottie and knocks her down, and she was able to hold onto the ball, but I don’t think that she consciously let go of the ball so her sister could win. I’ve never really thought about it actually. I hated Dottie. I was so glad she lost.
    Anyway, did you like ES of the SM? I found a hat with the movie logo on it in one of my class rooms and I totally stole it and have been wearing it around.

  • Tomorrow, I’m going to review Eternal Sunshine in my LJ post… well I guess that’s today now, but I won’t do it until I wake up after having gone to sleep, which hasn’t happened yet as you can probably tell from my oddly parced sentence structure.

  • Tomorrow, I’m going to review Eternal Sunshine in my LJ post… well I guess that’s today now, but I won’t do it until I wake up after having gone to sleep, which hasn’t happened yet as you can probably tell from my oddly parced sentence structure.